That was Terrible. That was Awesome.

12.1 was my first ever workout in the CrossFit Open. This was before Project Teamwork, and there were all of 6 of us participating that year.

I can remember the fear and apprehension that I felt as we sat there around our little computer waiting for Dave Castro to give us our task. We had built it up into something horrible like a “Triple-Fran” or something like that. The butterfly’s were fluttering in my stomach, and the minutes felt like hours.

I’d been doing CrossFit for a little over 2 years at that point, and was absolutely terrified.

“Just get to it!”

8:00pm hit, and the CrossFit Games live feed came on, super grainy and pixelated. We’ve come a long way since 2012…

Dave Castro walks out, and welcomes everyone to the 2012 CrossFit Open. He was wearing some outrageous T-shirt, and had a Devil’ish grin on his face.

“Open workout 12.1 is…..”

An enormous pregnant pause where I immediately realized how bad I had to pee..

“7 minute AMRAP of….”

Another pause

“Burpees”

Then that turd smiled!

….

What?!

I remember thinking, I can do this!

Then I did it.

I think I got 25 burpees in the first minute. After that, well…

I got 99 reps. Never has such a simple task provided for me quite so much misery.

It was terrible.

It was awesome.

This is what makes the Open such a magical thing. Just a simple workout that you’re willing to put yourself into a very uncomfortable place. I love it.

By the way, if you don’t sign up, you can never truly understand what I’m talking about. And it’s very likely that you’ll never really know what you’re capable of.

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