Together We Will Endure

The End Of The Open

Posted on April 03, 2014

I have never been one to use writing as a vehicle to express my feelings about something.  I have tended toward the spoken word much more than the written.  However, I am taking this opportunity to write down a few things that I learned over the last 5 weeks as I participated and watched much of the Dūrātus community participate in the CrossFit Open:

  1. Never underestimate the power of the human spirit.  In light of several workouts that looked unachievable (14.2) or just plain terrible (14.5) - I have never before been more encouraged by seeing people work hard to get their first reps at something or embrace the pain and fight to finish a workout. 
  2. Good things come when people overcome their fears.  Fear can either paralyze us or it can be eradicated with hard work and determination.  I witnessed many of you seek the latter of these two options.
  3. A dose of humility is a good thing.  I think we were are all humbled by one (if not several) of these workouts.  With humility comes depth of character.  This, at the end of the day, should be what we are all chasing after.    
  4. The power of community is potent.  It’s been a privilege to seek to accomplish these goals together.  We are far better together than we are alone.

I was reminded during these last 5 weeks of why I love CrossFit and why I love the Open competition.  It’s not only a time where weaknesses and character flaws are exposed, but more importantly, it provides an opportunity for development as athletes and people.  

To all who participated (including those who did not sign up, but finished the workouts) - I am proud of you for finishing strong and I couldn’t be more thankful to have fought through these workouts along side the Dūrātus community.