During our first athlete briefing the night before the first day of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Chuck Carswell told us there were three goals for the weekends competition: to run a tight competition, to foster community, and to tell a great story. I think everyone present at the event this weekend can agree that those three goals were accomplished.
The level of competition at this regional was arguably the highest I have ever seen it in the Mid-Atlantic. Some of you ladies I only get to see once a year at regionals, and every year I am in awe at how fast and how much you have improved over the course of the year. I love competing with each and every one of you and feel incredibly honored to be able to represent our region at the 2014 CrossFit Games. I am even more excited to get to share another trip to the Games with my close friend and training partner, Christy Adkins, who inspires me to work harder and push more every single day. I am so incredibly proud of her for her performance this weekend and am lucky to call her my friend. Anna, welcome to the region, and I look forward to competing with you in Carson.
The competition this weekend was not only tight between the competitors, but there was no slop in the timing, execution, or organization of the event either. A huge “Thank You” goes out to Chriss, Andrea, Mehdi, Chuck, Jason, Eric, and every single judge, volunteer, and support staff member who were present and working hard this weekend. You guys all made this a wonderful experience for the competitors, and we are so grateful for the time and energy you put in to making this a great event.
What really blew me away this weekend was the sense of community I felt every single day. I spend a great portion of my work hours dealing with people who are trying to steal and rip off the CrossFit brand name. A large percentage of the time these infringers are mean, disrespectful, or just plain rude. When you spend so much time dealing with these types of people you are sometimes left wondering where have all the good, honest people in the world gone. Well, I found them this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Regional and was reminded not only why I work so hard every day to try to protect our community’s name, but also why I fell in love with that community to begin with. I don’t think there was a single person I passed in the hallway all weekend who didn’t at least shout out a quick “good luck” or “great job” even if they had no idea who I was.
To the CrossFit Reston crew, thank you all so much for coming out to support us this weekend. I was beyond thrilled to see so many Reston shirts in the stands and get so many messages and posts from you all. You have no idea how much your support means to me! I am undoubtedly part of the best box in the world. #littlebrotherbrad I am so incredibly proud of all the work you have put in over the past year (even if it means I can’t beat you on WODs anymore), and you deserved every bit of success you had this weekend. Kim, there’s no other way to say it but you are bad ass, and you more than held your own against all us young’ins this weekend. I can’t wait to see you take that top podium spot at the Games this year. Thank you to Jeff and Maggie for being so supportive of me and my goals since day one and for creating such an amazing community of people that I am so blessed to be a part of.
Obviously, a huge thank you to my coach, Jeremy Gordon. Without your unwavering help and support, I would not be where I am today, nor would I have accomplished all that I have. So many athletes struggle to find a coach-athlete dynamic that works for them, but I am VERY lucky to have a coach that I trust completely and a training plan I believe in. I have continued to improve year after year under your guidance, and I am very much looking forward to our 4th trip to the CrossFit Games!
And a special shout out to Chris Hinshaw and Cara Heads for all their help throughout this season. Chris has helped me make huge strides with my running and endurance work this year. While Cara has made me a stronger and more technically proficient olympic lifter.
Of course, thank you to my amazing family for always supporting my dreams ever since I was a child. And a special thank you to my mom for skipping the first day of Alex’s graduation from Cornell in order to make the trip down to watch me on Friday and Saturday (Congrats Alex!). And a very special thank you to my boyfriend, Brenton, who puts up with me and supports me not only on my good days, but also on my worst days. You are amazing, and I love you with all my heart.
Lastly, a big “Thank You” to all my sponsors who keep me fed, fueled, clothed, and able to continue to do what I love on a daily basis. Reebok, CustomFit Meals, Fuel For Fire, Airrosti, Normatec Recovery, GoatTape, AtLarge Nutrition: you guys are all awesome, and I truly appreciate the support!
I am still a little bit in disbelief that this weekend ended as wonderfully as it did, but I feel incredibly blessed to be heading back to California for the 2014 CrossFit Games! See you in Carson!