7 Reasons to sign up for the Cascade Classic Online Qualifier

BUT I haven’t been training that hard this summer!

Online qualifiers are nerve wracking!

I’m not good enough. What if I don’t do well?

Online qualifiers are so time-consuming!

It'll interfere with my training!

I’m… I’m…just…scared.

Whatever your excuse, whatever your biggest fear, do yourself a favour and take one moment to think about the reasons competing in the Cascade Classic qualifier—August 16 to September 3, 3 weeks, 6 workouts—might be a good thing for you—how it might possibly help you, not just as an athlete but as a person, too. 

1. But I haven’t been training hard this summer!

Even better! Remember that old CrossFit motto about leaving your ego at the door? It’s easy to put yourself out there when you’re confident and feeling on top of the world. It takes courage to put yourself out there when you feel less than your best. So whether you have been slacking and enjoying the sun this summer, or you’ve been recovering from an injury, finding the courage to compete anyway might just earn you more self-respect, and respect from others, than you realize.

That's what the summer is for... Doing the qualifier will get you back into the normal swing of things...

That's what the summer is for... Doing the qualifier will get you back into the normal swing of things...

2. Online qualifiers are nerve wracking!

They are. Multiple, relentless workouts that make you lose sleep, and your mind. But if you’re planning on putting yourself through that during the Open, you might as well practice at getting better at them. The more you compete, the more they become less stressful, and start to actually feel like just another day of training. As we all know, so much of sport is mental. Think of this as a mental dress rehearsal for the big dance. 

And if you qualify, you might get to compete against this stud Margaux Alvarez

And if you qualify, you might get to compete against this stud Margaux Alvarez

3. I’m not good enough! What if I don’t do well?

Good enough for what? So you don’t qualify? Or you don’t do as well as you hoped? You’ll get over it. What about the equally likely scenario? What if you do qualify? Or you exceed your own expectations?

The thing about a public leaderboard is you think everyone is watching you, and cares how you do. The thing is, they don’t. People might take a peak—the information will go in one ear and out the other—but the only person your performance really affects is you. Nobody else is stressing about you.

4. Online qualifiers are so time-consuming!

They can be. But unlike many five-week qualifiers, this one is only three weeks long, with a total of six workouts during this time. 

5. It'll interfere with my training!

This is a lie. While it might feel that way, the only way to get better at competing is to compete. And considering you can learn more about yourself during a weekend competition than a month of training, what you gain from competing far outweighs the fact that you might miss a day or two of your heavy squat cycle.

6. I’m…I’m…just…scared!

Good. Competition is scary. And that fear is also what’s going to help you achieve a high when you make it through. I call it the post-competition three-day high. It’s glorious.

BURPEE HIGH!

BURPEE HIGH!

7. And here’s the other thing...

Not only does competing tell you where you’re at and let you know where you should be devoting more time in your training, it’s also the perfect opportunity to use the adrenaline to do things, to reach new feats, you didn’t know you were possible. That in and of itself should be enough to get you to sign up. Sign up here and use code CASCADE17 for a 10% discount. 

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