I am in the midst of a journey. But I didn’t get here by myself. I have been surrounded by some of the most wonderful people, provided opportunities I never expected, along with guidance and support. This journey is about to take a new direction, I am thrilled for the change and absolutely terrified at the same time. I will be leaving the safety of my home, my work, and the community of people I have been surrounded by, to drive 2000 miles and walk into the wilderness.
Tonight I was reminded of just how far I have come on my journey. During my workout at Crossfit Bona Fide (CFBF) my trainer pointed out that I was almost at my “goal.” Now this may not mean anything to you or even seem like a big deal, it’s just a goal. But when I realized just WHAT he meant by that I lost ALL focus on the squat I was doing and almost fell over. My journey at CFBF began in January, I have been attending classes 3-4 times a week. When I started I could barely manage a squat while using a “stool” to spot my butt so I didn’t fall over backwards (I should have been a pro at these – it’s what they make you do in PT after ACL surgery). Now, six weeks later, I have lowered my “stool” by 3 inches and cranked out over 90 squats, not yet achieving my goal but getting there. My “GOAL”, in six weeks when I leave for the trail, is to be doing squats without any form of assistance (the stool) and to be able to bring my butt below the height of my knees in what is referred to as “below parallel”. The strength and stability to achieve this will take me a long way on the trail.
There is something so remarkable about CFBF and the community of people it hosts. I had this preconceived notion of what it would be like doing crossfit. I was so WRONG! It is not all about the next big lift or chest thumping and sweat dripping. It is a space to come in and meet people who have an interest in themselves and their health. I am always excited for the Work Out of the Day (WOD as we kindly refer to it), I walk away from it feeling as though I have overcome a perceived limitation. It is true, “if you build it they will come”. When they designed CFBF they did so with the right mentality, creating the environment they wanted as they went. I know when I walk through those doors I will not be judged or intimidated. I will have the support of every member and person in the gym. As I finished my final rep tonight I had seven people standing there cheering me on and counting down for me, a testament to just how committed this group is to the success of every person. I continuously tell the staff just how great they are, that I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them, Kevin, one of the trainers, shrugs it off saying “you put in the work” and it is a true statement, but without them this place would cease to be what it is.
When my feet hit the trail in Georgia it will be with confidence. I can only hope the trail community is close to what I have found here at my gym.
SHOUT OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME THROUGH DONATIONS!!! THANK YOU! I AM SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO PUT THESE ITEMS TO USE!
AGAIN IF YOU WANT TO HELP SUPPORT MY JOURNEY YOU CAN FIND MY “WISH LIST” HERE