Being in the middle of the CrossFit Open reminds me of high school sports and doing road races after college. In most sports we go through training periodization from winter conditioning to sports specific training with the objective of being in peak shape for the competition. Leading up to the Open most athletes were working on their weaknesses. Apart from that, even pre-Open every gym tended to do the same WODs for general conditioning. Looking back I do think more specialized training is simply necessary especially for those (like me) who didn’t weightlift or do gymnastics through college because form and body parts tend to fall apart in high volume competitions. The other thing is stamina. Leading up to competition longer runs, longer WODs, more rowing make a ton of difference.
There is a lot of discussion online about CrossFit and training periodization and specialization strategies here, here, here and here. Hopefully these strategies help me better prepare post-Open for the spring race season, like the Broad Street Run, CMC and some fun skiing events!