In a flash it was over. The 2014 KnightsPTR Games Open has come to a close. Looking back what has changed in these past six weeks? What did I learn? And, what am I taking away from my 4th Open experience?
Wow, things have changed. This years’ Open was far more diverse and challenging than any Open in previous years. We started off with a redo of the very first Open WOD ever, then the very next week we were already doing chest to bars and overhead squats…CRAZINESS!! We went super heavy for the first time ever in the 3rd week, and we learned that the rower is no longer off limits in Open competition. We also saw the first ever time domain WOD in 14.5. The Open is forever changed; no longer can we speculate with any degree of accuracy what it will have in store for us from week to week.
Our Open was six weeks long due to the intramural competition. We added an unofficial 14.6 WOD, which everyone found delightful. In that short time-frame I believe I’ve learned a lot about myself and my gym family as a whole. I learned that as much as I despise double-unders, I am capable of doing them most days. I learned that I’ve still got a long way to go to fully recover from my broken arm last June. I learned that I prefer to pick up heavy things rather than do box jumps. I learned that thrusters and burpees are a terrible combination, no matter how it’s presented. More importantly, I learned that my gym family has more heart than can be described in words.
I saw Mason Goodwin completely destroy everyone’s expectations of what a 14 year-old that weighs 105 lbs was capable of. I saw Ed Butler get his first toe to bar ever in 14.4. I saw Kim Driver slip of the pull-up bar and hit the ground hard, just to get right back up and keep working. I saw Margie Archer get chest to bar pull-ups for the first time ever, having just got regular pull-ups a month prior. I saw Sabrina Holman fearlessly do box jumps. I saw Tori Gallagher get sick during 14.5, but never give up. I saw Mark Pierce put people in disbelief every week at the capacity he had. I saw so many do and redo these workouts, laying it on the line each time, despite knowing how bad it was going to hurt. I saw so many things from each competitor that I could go on and on about. I saw the hearts of my gym family poured out each and every week. I am so proud, thankful, and honored to know all of you.
Hopefully, several of the lessons I learned from this year’s Open will stay with me when I continue to train in the upcoming year. I know I have a lot to work on. I understand that I am no longer one of the top competitors in the gym, and I couldn’t be more pleased about that. I’ll try to remember that this whole thing is about our health, and keeping it as long as possible. I also realize that one day soon we’ll be making a trip to Regionals as participants, not spectators. So here’s to the 2015 KnightsPTR Games Open, and the journey to get there!