Reflections on Year One….
By: Coach Chris
This post will be a little different than usual. When I write I usually have a main point or a nugget of wisdom I want to impart, and I edit it many times. This, however, will be different. It will be a stream of consciousness reflection on our one year anniversary with little editing. So, if it lacks coherency I apologize in advance.
Today is our one year anniversary. One year of new friendships, life transformations, dramatic weight loss, strength gains, PR’s, and watching many people do things they never thought they could or would do.
We experienced the Open together, did Memorial Day Murph, attended a crazy Halloween party, and raised a lot of money for some really great causes. Despite those fun events, my favorite part of the last year has been the normal day to day experiences, the drudgery of working out together and improving our lives day in and day out.
I remember the first day clearly. We programmed Fran. As a worrier by nature, I of course worried whether anyone would come that day and in the future. Some came, but nowhere near the numbers we see today. But I remember walking around the gym early to take it in and envision what the place would look like jam packed. I expected that to take a long time, but it was only a few months later when the truth matched my vision.
There’s been so much positivity around this place, and I look so forward to walking in. The best part for me is whether I am coaching, restocking the fridge, or wiping down the rig it never feels like “work,” instead it feels like my calling. I know the same is true for both Gil and Sal, and for our entire coaching staff. We love what we do, and look forward to working with you every day.
There have been disappointments, for sure. Nothing could have prepared me for the shock of seeing someone make such positive life changes in a short time, only to receive the dreaded “this is my last month” text or email from that same person a short time later. It’s a shock because I know that all that progress might be going to waste.
But the positives have greatly outweighed the disappointments. I’ll never forget seeing a member in Old Navy last spring who had several pairs of pants in his hands, and excitedly told me that he needed all new clothes because he lost so much weight that none of his old clothes fit him anymore.
I won’t forget the excitement of hearing the details about someone’s first obstacle course race or their first competition experience.
Personally, I’ve grown a lot during the last year. While I still consider myself a CrossFit “athlete;” that is secondary now. I now consider myself a coach first, and an athlete second. I’m happier watching and hearing about your accomplishments than experiencing my own. With that said, I still intend on winning the Open in a couple of months (that’s for you Matt, Sal, Gil), and will always give it my all and be competitive.
I hope I’ve inspired some of you in a small way.
Thank you to all our athletes for showing up every day and giving it your all. Without you, there would be no gym, and I sincerely appreciate the trust you’ve placed in us.
Thank you to all our athletes who spent part of the year with us and left for whatever reason. If you are reading this, you are always welcome back, and we hope to see you again.
Now, we are on to Year 2, and bigger and better things. The friendships will continue and deepen, the events will get better, and we will welcome many more new people into our midst. Let’s continue to be as welcoming as we have been to those new to our community, and let’s always stay “beginners” at heart, with open minds always learning and improving.
Again, thank you all. I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring.