Ah, It’s the time of year again! I hold a love-hate relationship to the Open but I guess that’s the charm.
On the one hand, it’s a good way to push myself and it gives me the opportunity to compete against other athletes in my age group from around the world.
On the other hand, the Open also brings me a high level of anxiety. The workouts are designed to be challenging, witch I’m fine with, but they sometimes tend to cater to a more broad audience where higher levels of skills is secondary. I tend to do better when there is a heavy-ish barbell and some ring muscle ups, than just an endless amount out of dumbbell snatches.
For the next three weeks I will find myself obsessively checking the leaderboard and wondering how I stack up against the other athletes in my age group? Am I better than last year? Did I train hard enough? And I know I will definitely beat myself up if I don’t perform as well as I had hoped, because that’s what I tend to do (no use to pretend that I don’t).
Despite this, I would never not do the Open, I can’t resist the challenge! I also love the support and encouragement that I get from my fellow athletes, and the feeling of accomplishment when the last workout is done….priceless!
So here I am, once again gearing up for the Open wondering what kind of challenging workouts CFHQ has in store for us this year? No matter how it goes, I will do my best and give it my all… in the end, the love for this sport always seems to win me over year after year.