Last Friday I read a post on the WOD Nation United Facebook page from someone complaining that people were doing 16.3 Rx and submitting a score of 10. Normally, I don’t think twice about crap like this. I mean, it’s not like you turn to Facebook to be the change you want to see in the world…
But this post really got to me. I found myself thinking about it long after I had read it. Quote: “I wish that Castro had switched the order of this workout so people won’t feel superior to everyone doing scaled by posting a score of 10.”
Before I read this, I was all set to do ten snatches and try to get my bar muscle up. I was giddy just thinking about it. I’d never tried a BMU, and isn’t that what the Open is all about? But this post made me hit the brakes a little.
One of my strengths (I think) is that I care very little about what people think of what I do. My life has been a bit unconventional at times, but I try to do what makes me happy, and it never really occurs to me that someone might actually have an opinion about my life. This hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when I cared very much about making everyone happy. And I have to say life is a lot better when I’m not worried about how I’m perceived.
Yet that stupid Facebook post! If I did Rx, would my box-mates think I felt superior to them? That’s ridiculous, right? But I really like these people, and I don’t want them to think…
Whoa. Seriously. I had a little talk with myself.
Did I think I was superior to anyone doing scaled? Of course not. In fact, most of the athletes at Upheaval choose scaled (side-note: Upheaval is the most well-adjusted box I’ve ever been to. We’re heading into the 4th week of the Open, and I have seen no crying, tantrums, or rope throwing. It’s so…calm and…healthy.), and they are all much better athletes than I am.
So if I know I’m not Miss Arrogant, why would I care about anyone thinking I am?
I see the Open as a way to test myself. If I’d done scaled on 16.1 or 16.2, I wouldn’t have been ecstatic about hitting so many chest to bars, or I wouldn’t have realized how fast I can actually get through toes to bar. I like feeling proud of myself. And in the 2016 Open, so far I have achieved that.
Back to 16.3. I went Rx. I didn’t quite think I would get a BMU, but I wasn’t 100% sure I wouldn’t. To me, it was worth a shot.
I didn’t get a bar muscle up. But I did get close, and I’m pretty tickled about it.
So the morale of the story is: this is your time. This is your Open. Maybe you just want to get as high as possible on the leader board. Maybe you want to go as hard as possible doing the scaled version. Maybe you just want to rank better than last year. Maybe you just enjoy doing the Open with your friends.
What matters is not letting what other people might think prevent you from achieving your goals.
Because when you put aside all the crap, that’s when the magic happens.