Coaches Series: Why I’m Doing the Open, Part 5    March 2 2013

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Coaches Series: Why I’m Doing the Open, Part 5

In our fifth and final series of posts Nicole describes why she is (still) doing The Open.

Why I’m Doing the Open: Nicole

As CrossFit has grown, the competitive aspect of CrossFit has become a sport in itself.  Greg Glassman, founder and CEO of CrossFit once wrote that “men will die for points” and that statement, in many ways, laid the foundation for what would become the CrossFit Games.  But the heart of CrossFit has never been the CrossFit Games – it’s a fitness program that has the unique, tested, and proven ability to deliver world class fitness to male, female, young, old, stumbling uncoordinated individual, and natural born athlete – it delivers to all.

After swimming in college I turned to running, not because I saw it as a challenge, but because I was scared shitless to become the graduating classes before me who had put on 10-15 pounds immediately after finishing college. Swimming 2-4 hours a day wasn’t plausible after college (or desirable by then!) so the efficiency of running seemed like a good option.  I became “a runner” and slowly ascended up the mileage ladder running 5-6 days a week and logging 50-70 miles.  But something didn’t sit well with me and my exercise plan when I thought about it and the long term.  How long could I sustain this?  My body was always beat up or injured and how could I sustain this through my entire life?  If I couldn’t run at some point in my life, how would I stay “fit” and lean without running 70 miles a week!?  

And then I found CrossFit.  While I loved it (and died for points) for the challenge, I had a very real sense that I could do this thing called CrossFit throughout my life. 

I’m doing the CrossFit Open because CrossFit will always be a part of my life and it will always take care of me – through my competitive years, through years of working out 4 hours a week, through injury and crisis, through run down stints of my life to grooving parts of my journey, as a parent, a grandparent, and a wife.  In a similar way that Eric and I promised “through sickness and health” to each other, I have done the same with CrossFit.

I do the Open each year to celebrate my accomplishments over the past year, learn of weaknesses, to be with my people, and to reteach myself what I am capable of.  We all need this reminder each year.

As a coach, that’s what I look for in my athletes every day – what can they do, for them, in their world, on that day – not in comparison to any other person at the shop.

Over the past month I’ve heard many reasons from our athletes why folks don’t want to sign up for The Open.  Some of those reasons include:
- What if I can’t do the prescribed weights?
- I don’t want to have to post my score and have my friends that CrossFit in other places see my place
- I’m just not as fit as last year, I don’t want to embarrass myself
- What if there’s a movement I can’t do?
- What if my spouse beats me?
- I don’t want everyone watching me during the workout (Come on, really?  Don’t flatter yourself.)
- This stuff gets me really nervous and I’m just not sure I can do it for five weeks
- What if I mess up?
- What if I can only do one rep?
- Sometimes my double-unders are “there” and sometimes they’re not.  I’m just going to wait until next year when I’ve really got them.

Well, I’m here to tell you that I have the exact same fears each and every year.  Don’t believe me?  Call bullshit?   This year I have the exact same fears because I’m three months pregnant – and I’m STILL doing The CrossFit Open because CrossFit will ALWAYS be a part of my life.

Do the Open.  Do it for yourself and for no one else.  

Sign-up Here.

  • Nicole S

    Congratulations, Nicole and Eric!!! What wonderful news. Thank you for this series. Reading all these posts makes me so excited to have signed up for the Open. I may not be able to do everything (yet) but I am really looking forward to giving myself the chance to try!

  • http://twitter.com/kmry Kaitlin Ryan

    Holy shit Roots Baby! YEAH!

  • Hannah W

    Congratulations to you both!! So exciting. Nicole, you are always an inspiration.

  • Chad

    That is by far the most unique and awesome baby announcement that I have ever heard! Congratulations to both of you – very exciting!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gorderj Joel Gorder

    Wow. Well, that post took an unexpected turn. Congratulations!

  • Miles

    Congratulations Nicole and Eric!

  • Karyn

    Wow, that was one amazing blog post! Congratulations to both you and Eric! That is exciting news!!! Thank you Nicole, for your continuous motivation, inspiration and support.

  • Tracy E

    Wooot! So excited for you and Eric! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.dawson.7311 Megan Dawson

    Big amazing news! Yay!

  • M.A.

    Reading to the bottom of the page pays off. Congratulations Nicole and Eric!

  • karin

    Mazal tov! We are so happy for you and Eric!
    Karin and Jill

  • JenniferSRoberts

    Woohoo! Congratulations to you both! Awesome and exciting news!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.upchurch Shane Upchurch

    Haha, that was awesome! Glad we can talk about it in the open now. CONGRATS

  • Timko

    Wow what an awesome pregnancy announcement! Congrats Nicole & Eric!

  • Alison Minton

    wahoo!!! congrats!! love all the roots babies!

  • Lauren

    Congrats, and what an awesome way to announce!

  • Gator

    OMG!!! I’ve been waiting for that news for 2 years!!!! SO EXCITED! Can’t wait to see you BOTH tomorrow… Need details… Of course!!!!! SO Awesome. Hope you feel as fabulous as you look. And I’m with Joel… For sure that post took an unexpected turn. :))))))))

  • http://talltara.com/ tarable

    Dudes! This is totally awesome news! You guys are going to be great parents! There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world!!! Mazel tov!

  • Caitlin Brady

    Holy smokes that’s awesome!!! Congrats you guys!! Best blog post ever! :-)

  • Shayna

    Ahhhh! Congrats you two. Some of the best moments of your life are on the way.

  • JimR

    Congratulations, Nicole and Eric! And here I usually just skip the posting and almost missed!

  • JimR

    I actually meant “skim”, not “skip”..

  • http://www.crossfitroots.com Nicole Christensen

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I had to get it out there so folks didn’t think I was slacking when I wasn’t going 110% come this Thursday! I’m very very excited to do The Open with you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500085141 Cassie Finer

    What! Baby Christensen?! Woohoo! Congrats Nicole and Eric and soon-to-be auntie Stef!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasminejyap Jasmine Yap

    Nicole, I love how you just slipped that last detail in! Congratulations to you and Eric! Exciting news :D

  • Jen McEvoy

    Congrats, you guys! Very exciting journey you’re beginning!

  • Killer

    HUGE smile on my face! You guys have an awesome journey ahead of you. And Nicole- I can’t wait to watch your belly grow!!!

  • Hai Ly

    What fantastic news, a big congratulations to you both!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/annettebrownlee Annette Brownlee Elton

    Congratulations to you both! What fun!

  • Lucie

    Congrats you guys!!! So excited for you and the little baby Root:)

  • Mango

    Hahaha! I’m thinking that might explain why you looked like you felt so sick before the workout last Sunday, but then looked so much better after! Awesome. Ben will babysit.

  • Guest

    Very exciting news indeed! Congratulations, Eric & Nicole!

  • Whitney Wheeless

    Very exciting news indeed! Congratulations, Nicole & Eric!

  • Lindsey Lettvin

    Very cool news! Congrats Nicole and Eric!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587875347 Megan Peterson

    Eeeeeeeeee how exciting! Congratulations Nicole & Eric!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mcnamasa Sarah McNamara

    Congratulations :)

  • Grandpa Mojo

    Awesome awesome awesome! Congrats you two!

  • Brenda Bonilla

    Congratulations! This is awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/C.A.Lowitzer Cheryl A Lowitzer

    SuperCALifragilisticexpielladocious CONGRATS to you ‘n Eric!! Incredibly CREATIVE way to announce there’s a LIL ROOT on the way :-) This kid was very wise to have chosen you & Eric as parental units <3 Dibs on any babysitting shifts that Stef is willing to let slip by her :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/C.A.Lowitzer Cheryl A Lowitzer

    P.S. The 13.0 AMCAP quote that will stand for all time “This will be delicious for about 5 minutes…” – Rory. Just thinking about this has my glucose levels off the charts….groan….

  • Emily

    Wow! Congrats!! I was on vacation last week and am just now seeing this. Nicole, why didn’t you say anything during class tonight?!!! I’m do happy for you both.

  • Shelley

    Congratulations! You and Eric are going to be GREAT parents. In fact, you already are . . . of hundreds of Crossfitters. By the way, babies, once they get a little older, are often incredible naturals at doing the squat stance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susiefloros Susie Floros

    Congrats Nicole & Eric! Exciting news:)