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Here are some thoughts about the Open. We are going to do the open on Fridays. There is a lot of thought going behind this. Simple put - we need to train through the open. The open is barely a bump in the road for some, for others it is the season.
The great thing about this season is the video requirements. It is simply put, a put up or shut up from HQ. I applaud, vigorously. It makes it a challenge to video the WODs but what anything worth doing is hard. Video should reduce shenanigans in the Open. Make sure you don’t fuck it up.
Practice taking video of your normal WODs over the next week. The set up of the camera, get a judge, have the clock in the frame, practice uploading to youtube.com as a unlisted video. If you are required to provide one, it will be good practice for you. The last thing anyone needs is to qualify, be asked for it and you messed up the video. It would be a frustrating situation if you are DQ’ed.
Thoughts on Approach Based on the Athletes:
Tier One Athlete: You will have to break a leg but will probably still qualify. Make sure the video camera works and crush it. Focus on Regionals and don’t worry about scores during the open. Don’t let ego get in the way of training. This athlete is one and done.
Tier Two Athlete: Mid Regional Pack: Go hard and make the cut. Beware of a bad WOD. Only under a extreme condition should you do a workout a second time. Should be one and done.
Tier Three Athlete: The bubble athlete - This is the game time for you. You may need to rest more and spend less time focusing on regionals and more on your performance in the open. This means you have to use your judgment on how you are feeling and decrease volume to peak out some for the open. This is suboptimal but if you have a legitimate chance to get into the show, you have to to take a swing at it. This athlete may need to take another swing at the Open WOD. Do it knowingly that is will undermine your training.
Tier Four Athlete: The rest of us: Enjoy the ride - see where we stack up. Have fun. Enjoy the community, camaraderie and struggle. One and done.
Team Athletes: Be sure of your relative placement and note the regional athletes who are going to drop out. Be sure if you are going to contribute a score to the team you have met the same video standards. Should be one and done.
Note: Master’s athletes - as long as you are in the top 200 after the open, then no worries. Apply the same logic above to you.
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