The 2017 Open is over! Everyone who competed gave it their very best and we couldn't be more proud of our NCR athletes – NCR NATION! Here is a look at the numbers from this year's Open at NCR:
141 - athletes signed up
73 - athletes completed all five workouts as prescribed (Rx)
51 - athletes completed 17.1 under the time cap, Rx
57 - athletes completed at least one bar muscle up in 17.2
13 - athletes completed at least 1 snatch at 135/185 lbs. in 17.3
52 - athletes completed at least 1 handstand pushup in 17.4
86 - athletes completed 17.5 under the time cap, Rx
The numbers above only tell part of the story. Some of the most inspiring performances over the course of the five weeks evoked an emotion only felt in that moment, in a sort of "you had to be there" kind of way.
Some specific performances that come to mind:
Christine Côté having an out of body experience in 17.2 and performing 10 bar muscle-ups for a total score of 88 repetitions. This was after only having learned bar muscle-ups five days before...
Mohab Mafouz performing 17.4 and coming six calories short of his 16.4 score. Except last year he performed it scaled and this year he did it Rx...
And Kim Carroll's determination to complete every workout as prescribed, even when she hates double-unders and the time cap is 40 minutes. Having strung together her first 15 unbroken double-unders a few weeks prior, Kim was only 17 double-unders away from finishing 17.5...
It's performances like these that define the Open. There's a reason we compare these five weeks to Christmas at NCR; this time of year is truly magical.
Some people say the Open is not about competition, but that isn't true at all. The Open, in it's purest sense, is a demonstration of the power of competition on athletic performance. Eleven months out of the year our coaches preach intensity and offer strategy to maximize power output in daily workouts. Sometimes we will offer anecdotes to inspire mental focus and drive. But often we wait until that twelfth month and let the Open do the talking.
The beauty of the Open is that once you complete the workout and submit your score, your performance is permanently etched in time on a public leaderboard. The fact that this makes you uneasy is a good thing. It is the uneasiness that drives you to put forth your very best effort. Whether you're competing against your friends or competing against yourself, you want to make sure that the results align with your true athletic capabilities. For this, you drive yourself into the ground, once a week, for five weeks.
The end of the Open signals a time for reflection. We have all discovered things about ourselves we didn't know before. This information is useful. Just as the year turns and we find ourselves coming to a fork in the road on our quest to health and fitness, the Open provides us with a roadmap to get us through the next 11 months. If you're not sure how to read it, we have coaches who can guide you. If you're feeling unmotivated, we have 300 members who can cheer for you. If you didn't do the Open, there's always next year.
Here's to becoming better versions of ourselves. Here's to the Open.
– Coach Pete