Almost a year ago I walked into Crossfit Chicago (CFC) for my first class. I learned how to put a barbell over my head using a push jerk. I reveled in working out with other women who wanted to move weights. I chuckled to myself at my coach’s “I heart Nasty Girls” t-shirt. I had a fire for competition reignited that I hadn’t even realized I’d lost. I found a family and a community.
We all rolled through the Crossfit Games Open together, spending Saturday afternoons hitting the Open WODs with friends cheering in the balcony overlooking the lifting platforms. When I landed in the top 60 competitors in our region, it was a couple of heart to heart conversations with people at CFC that lead me to the decision to compete at the North Central Regional as an individual.
I’d like to say I wasn’t intimidated or nervous going into the Regional, but I was. I had no idea what to expect, and leaned heavily on the support and comfort of the CFC community who literally surrounded me with encouragement and energy.
I stood on the Regional podium, held back tears, received my medal from one of our coaches, and celebrated a ticket to the 2011 Crossfit Games. I had no idea what I was even signing up for, I just knew I wanted to be part of it.
Over the next two months my coach took me, a person with some raw athletic ability but little/no Crossfit skill, and prepped me for the biggest stage in the sport. He was literally with me every step of the way. Literally. Every metcon. Every run. The week my double unders disappeared. The day I got my first strict muscle ups.
So now I’m a “Games Athlete.” Less than a year into the game, but I can’t claim novice status anymore. That’s ok, because I don’t feel like a novice. It’s time for me to take responsibility for my training on another level than I have in the past. As a result, I’ve selected new coaching for myself, which comes with a new training environment. My desire for change in my training means having to leave what I consider to be my Crossfit family and the community that has always been the center of my life as a Crossfitter. By any measure, this is a phenomenal group of people. They’ve opened their arms and embraced both me and my family. I’m forever grateful for, and my life forever changed for the better, by being a part of CFC.
All that being said, it should be evident how strongly I feel about my decision to train with my new coach http://outlawcoach.wordpress.com/ , at my new box http://cfconstruct.com/, and the road I need to take to develop as a competitor. As tough as this transition is, I’m incredibly excited and feel so fortunate to have found both a coach and training environment that I feel are the right fit for me at this stage in my training.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. -Psalm 32:8