There’s no denying it: the CrossFit Open can be stressful. As much fun as we have, there’s always (no matter how many times you’ve been through this) nerves. We stress about the endless possibilities for the workout movements, then after the release, we constantly think about different strategies and obsess over how best to perform the workout or how much it’s going to hurt. We all know the workouts are going to hurt, we know they’re going to mentally and physically push us more than in training and we know that it is definitely not going to be easy. However, the whole experience can be a lot less stressful if we stop worry about the things we CANNOT control (workouts, leaderboard etc.) and instead focus all of our energy to those things that we CAN control.
I was born in Wuhan, Hubei province of the People’s Republic of China in 1990 as an only child. As a kid, I never thought that I would be athletic. Growing up, as the stereotype of the Chinese tiger parents goes, my folks always pushed me towards academic achievements, even when they came at the cost of athleticism and physical fitness. The results were bittersweet: on the one hand, I excelled at school and skipped a grade; on the other hand, I was the smallest and scrawniest kid among older kids. But luckily for me, I come from a long line of fighters. My paternal grandfather fought as a guerrilla against the invading Japanese army during the Second World War when he was only fourteen years old. Meanwhile, on my paternal grandparents’ side, they were part of the few intellectuals that had survived the purges of Maoist Red China. While one side of my family were poor peasants, and the other educated elites, the common ground was one of resilience and fighting spirit: never go down without a fight.
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