This year, we’ve learned a great deal about the nature of WOD planning and development. We’ve learned that Dave Castro has the ability to make us wince (while watching the announcement.) We’ve learned that they CAN put HSPU in the Open. We’ve learned that the scaled division has some good athletes, and we’ve learned to continue to appreciate those who do all of the workouts as RX. But what else have we learned?
Many of our scaled athletes learned the value of going below parallel, reaching full extension, giving it all for one more rep. We’ve learned there will be successes. A couple of our scaled athletes learned they can do Toes to Bar, fought for one lousy pull-up, one overhead squat, and gutted out a PR on the clean and jerk. Our scaled athletes also learned they have a lot of work to do. Some have vowed to pay closer attention to lifting, and string Toes to Bar and Pull-ups. Most plan to become more proficient and efficient at the movements we have seen thus far, and a few aspire to do RX next year.
From our RX athletes we’re hearing the word skills. Like the scaled athletes the basic plan seems to be – to become more proficient, to efficiently string movements, to become stronger, to practice. To practice.
We learned, by and large, that we need to practice. One can liken CrossFit to the NFL, as follows: The Open is regular season. The players take the field and see where they come out in terms of ‘wins’. Those players, who had a good Open season, move on to the playoffs, Regionals. Playoff success stories move on to the big show - the Games, the Super Bowl of CrossFit. The other seven months? It’s practice time. Strength and conditioning time, learning plays time. Building strength time, building character time.
We’ve had a great regular season, with one final game to go. Though we won’t be moving on to the playoffs (Regionals), we’ll wear our favorite jersey (ok Rogue shirt or tank top), and cheer on our favorite team (and individuals), and wait for July to come to watch the big game. Meanwhile… come Monday morning it’s practice time.