My friend Jon Gilson of Again Faster writes:
The CrossFit Open is the World's biggest whiteboard, an opportunity to post a score for everyone to see.
For some, the whiteboard is a contest against self, a record of where we are and where we've been, a log of continuous improvement. For others, it is mathematical proof positive of victory or defeat, a bid for fitness superiority, a record of battle.
Whether it's you versus you, you versus me, or you versus the World, it's time to sign up and throw down.
I pushed the buttons myself last week, not because I have any hope of winning, but because I know that I can define my own game, my own end. Fittest on Earth? Hardly. I'd settle for fittest on my block. I'd settle for fitter than last year, fitter than yesterday.
Despite my low bar, I know I'm participating in the largest fitness experiment in history, a global, simultaneous execution of the CrossFit Methodology, the most effective general physical preparation program in history.
Join me, regardless of your end. Whether you're aiming for the podium, or simply to be a part of something remarkable, push the buttons.
I'll see you at the whiteboard.
I enjoyed this Jon, thanks for sending. Fittest on my block! Hell yes that would be cool! Even better would be to find I'm more fit than I was this time last year.
We are excited to be doing the Open. It's my third year, and fifth of participating in the Games in one way or another. It is Janet's first year to participate, and she beat her goal for 13.1. My 12 year old did a version of 13.1 tonight and rocked it! I should take my shot tomorrow.
The WOD: 40 burpees, 30 snatches at 75#, 30 burpees, 30 snatches at 135#, 20 burpees, 30 snatches at 165#, 10 burpees, and then they separate the men from the men who are not "beastly" with as many snatches at 205# as you can do before reaching the 17 minute time cap. I'd be very proud to get far enough to get a snatch at 165#, which would be 151 points.
You can see a video of the second fittest female on the planet performing 13.1 here: Foucher CFG Open 13.1