Today is the first of many bittersweet moments I'll have in the upcoming month, for this is my last blog post at CFNH. This blog post also kicks off my last week of coaching regular WODs at CFNH. I'm sad to be leaving CFNH, but I do have a happy reason for departing: Barb and I are in the process of opening a CrossFit gym of our own. I'll still be around CFNH for a bit, finishing my current On-Ramp classes and guiding one more batch through, and I'll start to show up in classes more to work out with you guys over the next month, now that I'll have a little more free time.
Before I came to CFNH, I was miserable. I hated my career, I was still coping with the side effects of my battle with cancer, and I was drastically out of shape. Once Barb found CrossFit and dragged me along, things started getting better. I started to get in better shape. I went from idly pricing walking canes for near future needs to eradicating almost all of my post-chemo side effects. Most importantly, I went from a career that I hated to one that I love. CrossFit has given me friends. CrossFit has given me family. It has given me health and happiness. CrossFit has given me my life.
2010 and I'm not even intentionally sticking my belly out.
I've given back a little through all of you, helping to guide you along the Path to Fitness, but now it's time to give back even more. Barb and I will be opening a new box to help bring CrossFit to even more people and help bring the positive changes to their lives that it has brought to mine. For now, a lot of the details are a little fuzzy as we wait for various other people to get things done and filed and approved, but at some point this summer you'll all be invited to come down (or up or over) to our new box, CrossFit (name awaiting approval) located in lovely (city to be determined).
The past three years have certainly been a long and interesting ride. I want to thank our owners, Eric, Carla, Mark and Jay, for not only building this place that got me healthy, but giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams. From the dream of not driving around with a handicap placard before I turned 45 to the dream of becoming a coach and changing people's lives and now supporting me in my dream to bring CrossFit to even more people. I also need to thank Coach Amanda for starting us out the right way, back in the ol' 6:00 AM days in the AV Club. She always inspired me to do greater, even if “greater” at that time was my excitement that my OHS PR was a mere 50 pounds less than Heather Bergeron's.
Most importantly, I want to thank you, my CFNH family. That same support you give each other in the WODs you've given me as a coach day in and day out. Nothing has made me happier than to see all of you improve every single day, whether it's being able to get those elbows up a little higher in the front squat, getting that first pull-up or that first time you went from a 12 inch box to a 15. I am more proud of all of you than I could ever put into words and it has been my sincere honor to get to participate in some small part of your journey.
On the relatively rare occasions that I've had to copy and paste someone else's work, I always sought out the greatest. With that in mind, it seems fitting to leave you with words from The Greatest. David Frost once asked Muhammad Ali how he wanted to be remembered after he was gone.
I'd like for them to say:
He took a few cups of love.
He took one tablespoon of patience,
One teaspoon of generosity,
One pint of kindness.
He took one quart of laughter,
One pinch of concern.
And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.
He added lots of faith,
And he stirred it up well.
Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,
And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.
Thank you, CrossFit New Haven. For everything that I am and everything I will be.