Sunday, 10/3/10


All classes cancelled!

So I’d like to write a little love letter to the day, to our gym, to the people in the above photo… but since this is the blog, I’ll try not to gush too much.  Promise.

There are a lot of reasons that I, as a CrossFit Coach, love the idea of roping (yes, roping) someone into competing for the first time.  The biggest of all the reasons I have however is that you can attend session after session of CrossFit and still not really understand what sets it apart from many other communities.

You can kind of get the idea of what it is, who the people are, how the method works, why it’s so much cooler than fending for yourself on a creaking treadmill in some lone corner of a globo gym… but without competing you’ll be missing out on what makes CrossFit unique.

As many of you already know, CrossFit is about more than just a good workout.

CrossFit is not about being alone, and it is not about looking suavemente as you cross the finish line (although you just might some days, or if you’re Sammy).  Sometimes you look God-awful.  Sometimes you foam at the mouth (REID?).  In short, sometimes you just have to be willing to be humbled.

Not everyone is up for the unexpected.  Not everyone enjoys a challenge every. single. freaking. day.

But for those amongst us who do, CrossFit is for them.

You waltz into the gym every day and prepare to do battle with more than just your body, you race against your mind, you challenge your senses (HELLO, INDIAN FOOD RESTAURANT SMELLS during FRAN!).

You do all of this.  Weekly.  According to schedule.  You rise and you fall.

But do you put yourself on the line for others?  Team Workouts change the way you train.

The pinnacle moment for me as a coach and as an athlete yesterday was watching our second team compete.  CFCC Team 2 consisted of Reuben, Adam, Ezra, Karis, Caitlin, and Liz.

You all know these six to be incredible athletes and exceptional individuals.  What I saw yesterday however, was what makes me love my job: at the end of the day, CrossFit is about realized potential.

At the start of the first heat, Caitlin and Karis, with great fear and trembling – or maybe just with a little sleep-deprivation – found me and told me that they had never overhead squatted 65lbs. before.  “Hmm”, said I, and gave them a few last minute pointers before they were called to set for the start of the competition.

What I saw next was nothing short of gorgeous.  Like pros, Karis and Caitlin overhead squatted like they had done it a million times, Liz flew through each station and gutted it out on the row (as we all knew she would), and the men of the team crushed the chest to bar pull-ups in quick succession and with outstanding form.

I can tell you that I knew the team would do well and that each one of these athletes was fully capable of performing as they did.  I can tell you all that.  But really, it is another thing entirely to see it.  That is to say, if they hadn’t put their names on the board, folks, it would have never happened.

I suppose what I want to say most of all is how very proud I am to have the immense privilege of coaching all of you.  You are all capable of so much and never cease to amaze me.

If you are willing to explore your potential as an athlete here at CFCC there is great reward on the other end; there is the irreplaceable camaraderie of a collective job well done, there is fun, and there is the great satisfaction of doing a thing you thought you could not do.

I really do believe that strength anywhere is strength everywhere.  When I train and compete with you all, you make me stronger – as an athlete and as a person.  I’m thankful for that… and I hope to be able to guide as many of you as possible through the same experience.

If you are on the fence about throwing down with the rest of CFCC in a team or individual competition, don’t be.  There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain.  Join us next time, ok? :)

Stay strong,


PS – In case you were wondering, every second does count.

11 Responses to “Sunday, 10/3/10”
  1. Reid says:

    Very thoughtful and well written Erin. It was a fantastic time.


    Still waiting on test results, but I may have rabies.

  2. jpap says:

    great post!

  3. Karis says:

    too many thoughts and feelings about this love letter. if i had to some it up…thank you. <3

  4. Anna says:

    truly beautiful.

  5. Adam says:

    Good Shit Davidson

  6. Adam says:

    BTW Reuben got his 1st HSPU in that second workout

  7. Ezra says:

    Dude, I just got a lil’ misty-eyed.

  8. Meghan says:

    WARM mother effing fuzzies.

  9. Rachel says:

    +1 to Meghan. Can’t wait for sectionals 2011. :)

  10. Anahi says:

    I am so glad I went! I had so much respect for all of you before I watched you compete, but being there and seeing you guys tough it out brought it to a whole new level. Caitlin and Karis, I never would have known you hadn’t OHSed 65 lbs before. And Adam and Reuben killed it on the pullups. I am pretty sure Reid is going to have to get rabies shots, btw.

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