How time flies.
Six short weeks ago we had this thing called the Opens looming, butterflies in our bellies, and excitement in the air. We were recruiting our friends, forming teams, deciding names, and making side wagers. (hmm hmm Dustin!)
In 6 short weeks, you guys did the seemingly impossible. It's funny, when someone else says "this is what you will do" you do it. You get chest to bar pull-ups, muscle-ups, and heavy cleans. You surprise yourself with what your capable of when there's no option for less.
Every year, the Opens arrive and bring with them an extra layer of chaos to an already delicately balanced machine. Kurtis programs for a gym full of abilities every day, but during the Opens he has to consider what will come out of the hopper each Thursday. Attendance on Thursday and Friday wanes substantially which makes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday much more crowded. Saturdays border on controlled chaos.
In spite of it all, you guys shine. Your reps are good, the cheers are loud, friendships and formed.
In the weeks following the Opens, it's a great time to reflect on what you struggled with, maybe what you were unable to do. It's a time to be fired up to improve. To make a very short list of goals and get to work on them. It's easy to want to be really good at everything right now, but spreading yourself too thin results in widespread, not-great improvement. A little focus right now will carry you farther.
But the wheel doesn't stop rolling now. It's regional time, for reals-ies. Then it's strongman, and before you know it the 2016 Opens will be here. Will you be ready?
There are a few people I need to thank: Our judges, who do a great job every year at enforcing the standards. Our coaches and cheerleaders who led our teams in the most Open fun we've ever had. Our athletes who give it their all, every workout. Our 138 friends who join us in our craziness like cousins. Our friends and family who come in to cheer us on. Well done, you guys. This year we #peggedthefunmeter