“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Too many people shy away from competing, from throwing their cards on the table, from looking bad, from failing. That is a tough place to be. Every day should be a competition against yourself. Against the yesterday version of you.
We just finished the 5 weeks of this year’s CrossFit Open. I am going to post below the people that submitted all 5 week’s scores for this years open. Though we had more people participate, if one week’s score was missing, it threw everything scoring wise off. The underlying theme I see in these scores is that we not only have some bad asses in this gym, but just about everyone has a realistic understanding of their abilities, and more than likely accepts what they need to work on over the next year. That is the sole purpose of the Open. Whether you finish in 1st or 234343rd. Look at your performance, be happy with the things you’re good at, and accept that WE ALL have something to work on, and move on. The open is an annual “report card” for CrossFitters, take it as that, have fun with it, and just enjoy the journey!
We had a number of people compete in the scaled division, as well as some top performances in Rx.
As most of you know, Tessa trains full time for this. CrossFit is her sport, her passion, and her goal is to go on to the CrossFit Games in August. Well, I’m proud to say that by finishing 6th IN THE WORLD during this year’s Open, she has given herself a shot by making it to the next round. The next round is an online qualifier at the end of April that is given to the top 200 from the Open. This qualifier will determine the top 20 and they will then advance to the CrossFit Games in August in Madison, WI.
Here is a list of the members and how they faired this year. Great job to everyone. I am proud of you all and everyone that participated in this year’s open!
Tessa 1st in southeast region, 6th in the world, 14-15 teens
Perry 53rd in southeast region, 547th in the world, 60+ masters
Stephen 11th in southeast region, 108th in the world, 50-54 masters scaled
Jeff 20th in southeast region, 242nd in the world, 50-54 masters scaled
Brian 6th in southeast region 59th in the world, 45-49 masters scaled
Richie top 1000 in southeast region Rx
Troy top 1000 in southeast region Rx
Cary 61st in southeast region, 708th in the world, 50-54 masters scaled
Aleshia top 5000 in world scaled