The other day as I was
struggling crushing through 8 rounds of 5 deadlifts, 10 burpees, one of our assistant coaches yelled out “I want to know your name.” For a second – mid burpee jump – I thought to myself, ‘what the heck is he talking about?’, until I realized he was quoting the lyrics to this song.
Instead of song lyrics, however, I translated “I want to know your name” into the #1 motivational quote of the year. To me, the assistant coach was telling me to show him what I was made of and I planned to spend the next 7 rounds making sure he remembered it.
Last year, I wrote this article the night before the 2012 open season. It is, to this day, the #1 read post on my blog. It also motivated me to give my all to the open WODs. Heck, if Rich Froning could give 110%, so could I. But, what I didn’t expect during those five weeks was to continuously witness the extraordinary efforts of my fellow box-mates. Like, when Deb got a 100# snatch for the first time. Or, when coach Alyssa crushed through the 18 minute AMRAP of
hell, I mean, push presses, TTB and box jumps. What about when Serge missed out on TTB during the open WOD; but then 2 weeks later, he got them for the first time.
This is what the open season does to us athletes. It gently forces us to face things that we previously evaded. If the 100# snatch is the next movement during an open WOD, guess what weight is going on that bar… (Yep; leave your scaling techniques at home, folks. ) Yet, if you get that evasive weight up, we all get to remember you as the person who snatched XXX# for the first time during the crossfit open. See what I’m saying?
Throughout life, everything we do ties to our name. It is the single first thing given to us by our parents. It’s how we know our grades in class, view our SAT scores, title a resume. Women take his last name in honor of long-lived family heritage. And… it’s how we post our scores on the Crossfit Games leaderboard. Coincidence? I think not.
So, for the 2013 Crossfit Open, what are you going to be known for? Is it 105 burpees in 7 minutes? 11 rounds in an 18 minute AMRAP? Getting a double under for the first time? Finishing all five WODs? A couple muscle-ups in a row when you’ve only formerly done one?
I don’t know what you will accomplish, but in just 14 days, you’ve got five weeks to show me.
I want to know your name.