Intimidated by The Open:
First, I’ll presume a few things.
1) That you have checked your schedule, and that 5:00-15:00 workout once per week is totally doable time-wise.
2) That you know there are people who will score higher than you, and that there are people who score higher than them, and that Rich Froning is out-scoring those people. Most importantly, you are outscoring the people who don’t show…there is no bottom.
3) That you know you may not have all of the movements down perfectly, and that there are thousands just like you who think the same thing…and are still signing up to step out of comfort and into one of CrossFit’s best gifts to Humanity, The CrossFit Open
So why are you still not signed up?
See most people’s risk breaks down into one of two categories: either financial or social.
Seeing as how the open only sets you back $20 and less than an hour each week. We can probably agree that there is some social risk that holds people back from doing a great thing like the open. The only problem with that is that there is no social risk in doing the open. However there is a risk in not doing it.
The real risk is not being true to yourself. Putting in all the work from CrossFit workouts and eating great foods, and not seeing where that work has taken your fitness.
I’ve never seen an open workout where the person doing it had to finish in silence among buff shredded physiques and glaring eyes. But I have seen 3 years of an indomitable sense of spirit and camaraderie for the people cheering you on.
The Open is like seeing a pool of water and not jumping in because you don’t know how deep it will be. But like most things CrossFit, It’s an awesome experience and the water is only waste deep.