So, how did this all start? In 2011, I was a young personal trainer at Washington Sports Club, working alongside 202strong Coach Monica and the very special Steve Opiyo. Steve was my mentor, my personal trainer, and my introduction to CrossFit. He mentioned this online competition that I should register for because everyone can do it. I said, there is no way, I can't do anything and I have never even done CrossFit. Monica, the go-getter, said "Ok, I'll sign up". So the uber competitive 23 year old that I was, signed up too (I had to win, obviously).
I then entered the world of CrossFit. I saw these women who were so strong fighting for a spot to Regionals. I will never forget my first experience. My goal was to do 1 overhead squat, 1 chest to bar pull-up, 1 clean and jerk at 115# (what became my PR at the time), and then to work as hard as I possibly could the following years to qualify for regionals. I wanted to be one of the Top 60 fittest women in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Starting in 2012, the Open became all about me and my journey to be a Regionals athlete. I over-trained each year, I worked to get stronger, I pushed myself, I stressed myself, I cried, I injured myself, and I fought for 3 years to make regionals. Guess what, I never made it. In 2013 I was just a few spots short of qualifying, but I never achieved that goal of mine.
This year, 5 years after my first Open experience, the journey is no longer about me. The journey is instead about the 202strong team and the comradery, the achievements, and the energy that comes with these workouts. I live by the motto "lead by example" and I encourage EVERYONE to participate in the Open to just be a part of the larger experience. To show support to our fellow members, to do something all together as a group, and to witness each other hitting new records, conquering new feats, and doing bigger things than they would do so otherwise. I am most excited for the Open this year because I am lucky enough to be a part of such an amazing group of people who will be working out alongside of me.
I no longer care to make Regionals, I will no longer stress about the workouts, but instead I look forward to the joy that comes with conquering the unexpected.