Well, this post is certainly long overdue – the whirlwind of starting back at school has kept me busy these past 2 weeks! Much more reflection on my experience training for and competing at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games is to come, but I must start by expressing my gratitude for all of the people who have supported and enabled me to follow my dream this year. What you don’t see during that single week in July are all of the moments during the other 51 weeks of the year that make that performance possible. This year, more than ever, I have learned that although it is important to be strong and determined oneself, it is equally important to know when to lean on others. I have been fortunate enough to have leaned on more than a few people this year, and I cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for their support:
My training partner – without her sweating by my side, every single day, I simply don’t know how I could have kept going!
My family – for always encouraging me to do what I love, and loving me no matter what I do
My amazing boyfriend – I think he deserved to be standing up on that podium more than me for what I put him through this year!
My coach, Doug Chapman – who is much more than a coach, and who brought me from here to the podium in three years. Embarrassing as it is for me, I think this video illustrates that he had his work cut out for him
My HyperFit USA family – for everything over the past 3 years, you guys really are like family
My new CrossFit pals in Cleveland – thank you for welcoming me into your community and for your support and friendship
My school – thank you to faculty, friends, and fellow students who have supported me and allowed me to chase my dream this year
Reebok - for continually striving for improvement while staying true to what CrossFit is all about
Every staff member, volunteer, judge, etc who made the Games possible – Thank you for your passion and dedication to what you do, and for allowing us athletes to have the time of our lives out there
The CrossFit community – for your enthusiasm and energy. To every single person who sent me a message or cheered me on- your support means the world to me!
And to the man who started it all, thank you for changing all of our lives forever and for enabling us to make the world a better place each and every day!