The Open and the Arnold and life can sometimes get in the way of each other and even though it is all fun we need to make sure we keep all the crazy at bay or it will over take your sanity ( mine was gone a while ago). Tonight 16.2 will be announced. We will post sign up times on a google doc for Friday and Sunday morning. Those are your only options. Taking on the Open, The Arnold and life in the same weekend is a challengebut you can do it and we will help but only on those times. If you want to do it Monday you must make arrangement to have a coach supervise that outside of class time. Expect to pay them. No matter what the coach running a class says they do not want you to do 16.2 during class. They will say its cool, it's not. Schedule a time. Below is something I wrote on the open a few years ago. I changed a few things so as not to create any confusion over days and times but everything else still rings true Which Wolf Are You Feeding? An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth.” The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” Are you an athlete or an obsessive exerciser? Before we get into opinions on athletics and sports let’s define some terms. An athlete performs real life, athletic, purposeful movements (running, jumping, lifting, throwing, hitting etc.) to an objective/definable standard. They don’t perform to a subjective look but rate their performance by measurable standards (weights, reps, times, distances, scores, etc). Athletes train to improve performance, prevent injury and accomplish measurable goals. They seek the advice of coaches and apply that advice along with a lot of hard work, discipline and determination to their training. The effect of all this is generally a pretty healthy person. Seeking a challenge and committing to a meaningful goal and hard work helps make us better individuals. The obsessive exerciser is pursuing subjective, hard to measure goals (skinnier, bigger, etc.). Their goals aren’t as much about health or performance but more so about the feeling of the short-term gratification. They train primarily out of fear of failure (how ever they define it). They rarely are satisfied, as they don’t know what it is they are pursuing. They often experience over use injuries and lose training focus and move on to the next thing to obsess over. The athlete however will continue to train, day in and day out, working on weaknesses and strengths until they reach their goals, then they will set new ones. They know it’s ultimately all on them to get it done, that a test is just a test not an ultimate statement of value or accomplishment. They know what wolf they are feeding. There is a little of both in all of us. The cool, calm professional gets it done while sometimes our compulsions leads us up to and over the edge. Tonight at 8:00PM 16.2 will be announced. At 8:01 the wolf feeding frenzy will begin. Everyone coming after 12 on Friday must reserve a time to do the WOD. Please plan on bringing a judge as well. If you can it will work out but please try it makes the coaches life and everyone else's a lot easier. After that it’s back to training for 16.3,16.4 and anything else we decide to tackle, not obsessing about 16.2.