2018 OPEN RECAP

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It's hard to believe another CrossFit Open season has come and gone. For me personally it was my 6th Open (hard to believe that) and one of the most challenging but fun yet. 

For those who do not know what the CrossFit Open is, I'll quickly explain: it is the beginning stages of the worldwide (yes the whole world) test of fitness to find the fittest man and woman on earth. People of all ages (14-60+) can sign up to participate. It's 5 weeks long with a new workout released each week. We complete these workouts at 1808 and then submit an official score on the CrossFit Games website. How you score on the workout will dictate where you rank on the worldwide leaderboard. At the end of the 5 weeks, you're either moving on to the next stage (Regionals) or working on getting better for next year. Less than .01% (yes, literally that low) move on to the next stage. For the rest of us, it's a great way to evaluate our individual fitness levels and look to get better year after year. 

At 1808, we love the Open. This year we had a record number of members sign up and participate - 78 athletes, 33 of which were first time Open participants. Pretty amazing. We make the most of it, draft teams, have head-to-head throwdowns, Friday Night Lights, etc. Even though we split into teams which naturally creates some competition amongst us, the amount of support and encouragement for each athlete is always special to watch.

In the last 4 years of doing the Open at 1808, we have never witnessed people work so hard. This was evidenced by the commitment of those athletes who redid workouts and scored better nearly every time. It just goes to show you always have more to give than you think. It's this kind of hard work that builds character, mental toughness and produces results.

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You learn something about yourself in these 5 weeks: How tough you can be. How much your mind will limit you before your body does AND how you can push so f*cking hard and still manage to get up, walk away and say I'm ready for more. <--When you have this first experience, growth happens. That means you stepped so far out of your comfort zone and pushed your mind and body to new limits. Limits you didn't know existed. And you know what, you didn't die. You didn't get hurt. You didn't quit! YOU BECAME STRONGER.

Here are some quick highlights of the levels of fitness taking place right here in Mount Vernon: 

Emily Nussbaum - finishing 155th in the Central East Region a huge improvement from 388th last year. Accomplishing advanced gymnastics like bar muscle ups, ring muscle ups, chest to bar pull-ups and showcasing her strength on the barbell with an impressive 222lb Clean in 18.2a!

Emily Nussbaum - finishing 155th in the Central East Region a huge improvement from 388th last year. Accomplishing advanced gymnastics like bar muscle ups, ring muscle ups, chest to bar pull-ups and showcasing her strength on the barbell with an impressive 222lb Clean in 18.2a!

Shawnda Ruffner - finished 243rd in the WORLD in her age division of 40-44 and 19th in the Central East Region in her age division (354th in the individual rankings). Impressive for Shawnda's first real go at the CrossFit Open. Big things to come from her next year as she looks to qualify in the top 200 worldwide.&nbsp;

Shawnda Ruffner - finished 243rd in the WORLD in her age division of 40-44 and 19th in the Central East Region in her age division (354th in the individual rankings). Impressive for Shawnda's first real go at the CrossFit Open. Big things to come from her next year as she looks to qualify in the top 200 worldwide. 

Patty Workman - arguably one of the most improved members of CrossFit 1808 from year-to-year. Just 3.5 years ago, Patty could not do a pull up (jumping pull ups is what she resorted to). 2018 marked the first Open for Patty where she completed every workout RX! She finished 449th in the world in her age division (50-54) and 32nd in the Central East Region.&nbsp;

Patty Workman - arguably one of the most improved members of CrossFit 1808 from year-to-year. Just 3.5 years ago, Patty could not do a pull up (jumping pull ups is what she resorted to). 2018 marked the first Open for Patty where she completed every workout RX! She finished 449th in the world in her age division (50-54) and 32nd in the Central East Region. 

Bryan Treen - In just his 2nd Open, out of approximately 150 athletes, Bryan was able to take 1st place and 3rd place (18.1 and 18.2a, respectively) on two workouts in the Scaled Masters 50-54 age division. He ended up 44th overall in the Central East.&nbsp;

Bryan Treen - In just his 2nd Open, out of approximately 150 athletes, Bryan was able to take 1st place and 3rd place (18.1 and 18.2a, respectively) on two workouts in the Scaled Masters 50-54 age division. He ended up 44th overall in the Central East. 

Nick Hartley - out of nearly 3000+ athletes, Nick finished 17th overall in the Scaled Division in the Central East Region. Improving daily, getting stronger and pushing limits.

Nick Hartley - out of nearly 3000+ athletes, Nick finished 17th overall in the Scaled Division in the Central East Region. Improving daily, getting stronger and pushing limits.

Other notables:

  • Bree Kirby - just two years into CrossFit and Rx'd every workout this year stepping completely out of her comfort zone. 
  • Dani Woosley and Jessica McCombs - after just 1 month of CrossFit, signed up for the Open (it took some convincing), completely challenged themselves but are now much stronger for it!

So where do we go from here? Time to decompress from some intense workouts, get back to a regular programming schedule and attack some weaknesses. Oh and just have some good ol' fashion fun. That's really what it's all about - bringing everyone together to push and support one another but all the while enjoying this life long journey of fitness. Looking forward to what the Open 2019 has in store for 1808.

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