One of our fellow CCC/CFE members Katherine McCoy giving her thoughts on the Open.
Just Keep Moving
One of the greatest aspects of the Open is the abundance of blog posts and articles encouraging each of us to give our best, to push through, to keep trying. Even though I’m not competing, I find myself inspired by stories from athletes facing the myriad challenges the Open presents. Whether we’re trying to qualify for Regionals or are working on our first unassisted pull-up, there’s a message out there for each of us.
My training as of late has been focused on the Crescent City Classic 10K, and I’ve put in some solid WODs and runs leading up to this Saturday’s race. A friend, knowing how physically exhausted I’ve been and how mentally challenging that can be, sent me this blog post from Words with Lisbeth. The message resonated with me instantly: movement is key, even on the days you don’t feel like moving. These words inspired me to push through with my planned training that week.
Looking back now, I realize these words can also easily apply to athletes competing in the Open or any CrossFit athlete in general. WODs are designed to be difficult, not to be a breeze; that seems like the point of CrossFit, doesn’t it? It’s a mental and physical gut check. We all face moments where giving up or quitting seems like a fantastic idea, but we keep going. We keep moving. Even (and especially) on days when we don’t have the mental fortitude, we push through anyway. We’re far more capable than we think, and nothing we’re given is impossible, though it may be difficult. We are stronger and better simply for trying.
Lately I’ve found myself repeating “just keep moving” in my head during WODs, lifting sessions, and even my runs. In her blog post, Lisbeth was right: “Even if you don’t set any PRs, you’ll feel like a million bucks just because you kept moving.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Good luck to everyone taking on 13.4 this week, as well as to my fellow runners participating in the Classic.
Katherine McCoy is a former collegiate swimmer who’s new to CrossFit—and loves it. She writes about paleo/primal living in New Orleans at katherineswims.com.