Thursday, February 27, 2014

Open Arena

Who's ready for the Open?!

I'm registered for the first time this year, and I can't wait! I'm pretty healthy, I'm pretty happy, and I'm going to be around some amazing athletes. The community here among deployed soldiers is awesome. With everyone's family so far away from home, we have become each others family ... We're all here to cheer each other on, fight the fight, and get a little bit stronger every day. 

For many of our athletes, it's there first Open. Honestly, it's their first year, month, and for some, their first few weeks!

For us, it's about community. It's about brotherhood. It's about not sucking at life. So that we can have a BETTER quality of life. CrossFit is directly applicable to our soldiers: which makes it so rewarding. It keeps them safer and more prepared down range, on top of and crushing their PT tests, and keeps them busy, giving them goals and motivation while they're away from their loved ones.

I can't wait to see how everyone does this year. Myself included! I've made a lot of progress this year, but who know's how we'll do in the Open arena? This is what keeps us motivated. The fun, the unknown, the unknowable. CrossFit is that mystery woman in the little red dress, just slipping out of our peripheral vision. Just when you think you have her, they throw something crazy out there. Triple unders at the Games this year? That's a red dress in hooker heels right there.

What is my idea of greatness? It's an athlete making a commitment to the gym. It's an athlete crushing a goal, whether it be 2 double unders in a row or 20. It's cleaning up their diet because they want better performance. It's cutting out cigarettes because they finally want to treat their body with some respect, once they finally see what it is capable of.

I want to wish you all a happy Open season! May the force be with you!


  1. Good luck, have fun! This is why I want to get into CrossFit so I can compete at something! Sure there's always 5k races and such but that's boring. It's so hard to fit CrossFit into my schedule since they don't have any child care like a regular gym.

  2. Good luck Courtney! I'll be tackling the Open this year too... although not in nearly as good of shape as I was in last year. Eek. Fingers crossed! What region are y'all in over there??

  3. No doubt you'll be and do amazing! Best of luck!! ~Peach

  4. Happy Open Season!! This is my first year! Doing my first Open wod tomorrow night!