The Open has begun and the first workout has been released. In the old days (pre-Sanctionals), there would be athletes that would do and re-do the events multiple times in hopes of getting the best score they possibly could to get a chance to go to Regionals as an individual or on a team. The stress and anxiety for these people would be through the roof. For others, it was the terror of this "thing" that they would have to post a score up for the rest of the world to see. Again, the anxiety would weigh on some so much that they would talk about not wanting to do the Open again next year. In both situations, there was an inflicted stress and anxiety that would make people, that workout every day, panic at the presentation of the workout. One of the keys when being involved in anything like this is to not care about the stuff that isn't important. Take out all the stress you can. There will always be a little but you can limit and mitigate much of it. Now, this doesn't mean you" don't care". It just means you "don't worry". When you don't care then you will stop trying hard once it starts to get uncomfortable. When you don't worry, you can attack the workout without expectations of what you want/should/need to do. You will just do. Do you say, or have you heard others say before they perform that they are sick or haven't felt good or haven't slept well or might stop if they aren't feeling it during or anything like that? These are excuses that are an attempt to "cover" yourself if you don't crush everyone. But these are because you "care" what others will think, or even what you will think compared to others doing it. This is the extra stress you are putting on yourself that doesn't help you. In fact, it makes you compete as if you are wearing a weight vest or running with a parachute. It doesn't allow you to flow and do your thing. The crazy thing is that the vast majority of these people work out every day and perform great but do it without all the extra weight of these concerns and worries. They need to just treat it as an everyday workout. It doesn't mean they won't push hard. It doesn't mean they won't want to do well. It means they won't worry about it. So for you, just get after it like you do EVERY DAY! Out of the 400,000 people that do the OPEN, only the top 50 really should even think about it. The other 399, 950 need to not worry and just kick ass! So go KICK ASS:)
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