THE 2015 CROSSFIT OPEN WRAP-UP FOR CROSSFIT SUFFOLK
By George Demetriou
“If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.”? Criss Jami, Killosophy
Thank you to all the athletes who competed in the 2015 CrossFit Open! We had a total of 33 competitors and all performed valiantly! Thank you to those who helped me and Lisa judge our athletes, namely, Lauren, John H., Ben, Kelly, Jon B. and Jay. You stepped up at crucial times. Thank you to those who did not compete. You put up with the excitement of the Open without complaining and you cheered on the competitors.
The Conflict: To Compete or Not To Compete
Everyone who CrossFits does so to stay strong and in good condition. When I began my training there were no official CrossFit competitions. None that I had any knowledge of, anyway. I’m not emotionally attached to competing, meaning I won’t be upset if there were no competitions. I’m in competition everyday–with myself. My goal is to be better than I was yesterday. My rival is often a tough customer and sometimes I fall short of my goal. Just like being in any tough workout, I just keep moving forward.
I’ve done every Open since CrossFit introduced the Open in 2011. (Lisa began competing when CrossFit was still doing Sectionals in 2010. She had to travel to Montclair, New Jersey to compete one freezing cold weekend in March! She advanced to the Regionals, but couldn’t attend due to previously scheduled surgery.) Every year I say, “This will be my last.” And just when I think I’m out, The Open pulls me back in. Personally, I find it more challenging and more rewarding coaching athletes for competition.
So why compete?
1) It’s fun! Why compete if it isn’t fun? You get to suffer and triumph with like-minded people. There’s a tribal bonding that occurs.
2) Your weaknesses are exposed. Whatever wall you’ve constructed around the things you are not good at it will be torn down with ferocity. If you have a weakness, and most do, it will be exposed in full public display. Why is this a good thing? You’ll be far more motivated to strengthen your weakness. Doing so will not only make you better physically, but you’ll get stronger mentally. You’ll leave your comfort zone and grow as a person. Sure you’ll face weaknesses without competing, but not being able to do something that is part of the competition will drive the point home like nothing else. When you overcome an obstacle you come out stronger on the other side.
3) The most important reason for competing is you learn about yourself. Some of you have made this comment during the 5 weeks of the Open. In competition we understand that we have to face the other athletes trying to beat us. We have less understanding, or, in the very least, we just don’t speak about it as much as we probably should, of the fact that we have to face ourselves. Not an easy task! Every time we compete we discover a little more about who we are. Do you rise to the occasion during competition or do you crumble from the stress? Are you challenged by competition or does it make you want to hide? Do you worry and complain about events or do you enjoy the process? How do you handle winning? How do you handle losing? Compete and add pieces of the puzzle that help you discover who you are.
What if you have no desire to compete?
Everyone who CrossFits is competing with at least one other person–themselves. Everyone is competing at some level.
15.5 was the most demanding of the 2015 Open workouts and one of the most demanding workouts we’ve ever done. At least it seemed this way hours after completing the workout as I jotted a few notes for this blog. My hallucination is I have not done a harder workout. My reality is I was physically drained, but emotionally soaring because I survived 15.5. Winston Churchill once said, “There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.” My training version of the Churchill quote is, “There is nothing more exhilarating than to survive a workout that you’d swear was designed to kill you.”
Jay’s performance during 15.4 was impressive as he had to Power Clean what amounted to be his 1-rep max over and over again.
At the time of this writing Lisa is 91st in the world and 10th in the Northeast for women of her age group. Amazing! Despite a laundry list of medical conditions Lisa consistently performs at a very high level. If there was a category for Big Hearts Lisa would be in the top spot.
Matt’s performance during the entire Open was outstanding right across the board. As of this writing Matt is 7115 in the world for individual men. That’s out of tens of thousands…probably close to 100,000!
Melissa’s 90 reps during 15.4 (handstand push-ups and 125 lbs. Cleans in an ascending ladder) was awesome especially in light of the fact that she’s been preparing for a powerlifting competition and not doing Olympic weightlifting or gymnastic movements.
Kelly doing 15.5 two days in a row and besting her first performance was remarkable! I don’t want to see that workout come up again in this decade, but Kelly had no problem facing and besting it 24 hours later. Kelly’s effort came from the depths of her soul on Saturday.
Beth’s transformation into an athlete was inspiring. Beth competed in the Masters 55+ division and did well during every event. She did this while working two jobs, working at night and taking care of her family. She had reason not to be on her game, but she always managed to clear her mind for the workout and put in a solid performance.
We are proud of everyone who came out to compete, especially the first timers. Thank you for the opportunity to watch you compete and advise you. We were constantly amazed at how many of you stepped up your game for this event. All form and technique looked improved from everyone in the gym.
Workout of the Day
High Hang Clean (Hip Clean)
6 rounds for time of:
5 push jerks 115/75#
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