Final Thoughts

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? 1open 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!

3 replies
  1. Sabrina
    Sabrina says:

    So, I’m going to see if I can start some discussion.

    What did everyone feel was their personal best moment and/or their worst moment?

    My best moments were doing things that I hadn’t done well previously. I can OHS (um, everyone can) but 65# was a lot of weight for me. I was also pleased with my T2B. Something clicked a week or so before they were actually programmed and I was able to knock them out….one at a time. I’m not stringing them together but that is a fight for another day.

    The worst was those stupid double unders. I thought I would, in 10 minutes, just get lucky and get one. When it was all said and done I was more angry that, despite the fact I took the time to attempt the WOD, I got zero credit for it. I understand I got exactly zero reps, but I did more than the people who didn’t even try.

    While others know they’ll just keep doing the Open year after year, I’m not so sure. I’m not exactly a fan of slapping down my money and then spending every Friday night for a month being frustrated and stymied by someone’s programming. And, hey, when I pay good money to run a race at least they are kind enough to give me a shirt. 🙂

    • Dennis Goodwin
      Dennis Goodwin says:

      I’m so glad Mason has found something that he is willing to give 110 percent . A big thank you goes out to our gym they have made us feel like a big family. Everyone is so helpful. We are looking forward to the open next year. Look out everyone here comes Mason he has a whole year to train.

    • Josh Walsh
      Josh Walsh says:

      First thing, Sabrina, I hope you do continue to do the Open each year with us. You, just the same as the rest of us, are getting better everyday. We had a lot of newcomers to the Open this year, including myself. So this is our baseline. You are able to compare where you are after this year to last year. I would be shocked if you said you weren’t better at most, if not all of the movements we saw in this year’s Open. Having got to watch you last year and this year, I can see your improvement. To me, that’s worth doing the Open every year.

      Alright, my Open experience…I started my KnightsPTR journey at Knights just as the 2013 Open was kicking off. When I first walked in the doors I was at least fortunate enough to know Josh Owen and Sam prior to starting. I spent each Friday night with Sam watching our athletes give everything they had, and just in awe of what everyone was doing. I knew immediately that I was going to do the 2014 KnightsPTR Open.

      Of all the things I had learned and done in the year leading up to the Open my goat, my Achilles heel, my kryptonite was and still is double unders. So, as I know many of you were, I felt completely and immediately defeated when Dave Castro announced 14.1. Why couldn’t he give me a couple weeks of joy and accomplishment and maybe even a little hope before dashing it with the double unders that I knew would eventually come? No, instead, just as he was trained to do as a Navy Seal, he moved like a shadow in the night and killed my Open before I even knew he was there. Alright, that’s a bit dramatic I know. It’s my own dang fault for not figuring out that bloody jump rope. I didn’t let it beat me, though. I was motivated and driven to not let that workout define my Open experience. Each week I was met with new challenges, exposed my weaknesses, and found I may not quite yet be able to call anything a strength of mine. That’s all ok, because the Open isn’t just about me. What I got out of the Open most was spending the time with my KnightsPTR family as we all went through the same pains together. The judging, the coaching, the encouraging. Those are the things I am taking away from my first Open.

      I am so excited for what this year will bring for the gym, all of our current and future athletes, and also myself as an athlete and new trainer. I could not have imagined I would be where I am right now when I first started this life changing experience a year ago. Thank you to all of you for being a part of it.

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