I just did my last CrossFit workout at TwinTown CrossFit.
It’s funny, but even after this much time, I still remember the first one I did here. It was a complex of “Row 1000 m, 21 deadlifts, row 800 m, 15 deadlifts, row 400 m, 9 deadlifts.” Rx for the deadlifts was 225 pounds. I did them at 75 pounds. Helping start a box from the ground up was hard. I still remember all the workouts I did at night by myself, just me and Teddy. But just like you learn in geology class, time and patience can change anything, and I’ve been proud to watch TTCF grow up over these past years.
It’s four years later now, and what has changed? A lot. I’m now just one year away from finishing a doctoral program. I’m getting married in July to a fantastic young woman from Texas. And I’ve never been more in shape in my life even on my worst days.
TwinTown CrossFit means a lot to me because it began a transformation within me, one that involved starting down the path of learning some of life’s most important lessons. I say “starting” because you always have another level to go to, and sometimes you even take a step or two back. These are lessons such as how to know your limits, how to trust your trainer and fellow athletes, where confidence and love and trust really come from, how to respect people who are different than you, how to face your fears, and what believing in yourself really means.
It is my parting wish that all of the athletes at TTCF have the opportunity to begin learning these lessons and about how to apply them in their daily lives.
However, if you miss the greatest TwinTown CrossFit lesson of all, then you have really not been paying attention in the gym.
The greatest lesson that you can learn at TTCF is that we are all the same.
TwinTown CrossFit teaches us this not because we have the same level of ability, but because we are all performing at the same level of effort. After watching countless hours of athletes of all kinds giving their best into the workouts they do, after cheering them and pushing them on towards the finish line, and after seeing the same grit and determination from everyone who comes in to do a workout, I have observed this to be the case. Whether you come in on your first day or your last, whether your are doing 20 rounds on Cindy or 8, or whether you can lift 175 pounds on a deadlift or 450, you and all the other athletes in the gym share one thing in common. You are all performing at the highest level that you possibly can that day. You are all performing to the best of your abilities. You are all champions because you conquered your fears and jumped into the CrossFit ring. You deserve the congratulations and encouragement you get from other athletes and coaches because you just performed at the highest level of your game right now. You earned that through hard work, and you should be proud of yourself. That being said, there’s always a new level to reach for and work towards, and once again, you and everyone else in the gym have this in common. We share remote similarities than differences here, this much is always true. Apply that to other areas of your life, and you will see how similar all of us on this planet really are.
Back in high school, I was probably the least likely to be called “athlete.” I’m glad to say that I can share the title “athlete” with everyone at TTCF.
My thanks go out to Teddy for making TwinTown CrossFit happen and giving it the vision any other affiliate would be jealous of, all the coaches for continuously helping all of us to advance, and all the athletes who work so hard every day to make TTCF the enjoyable place that it is and for your support and friendship even in some of the most difficult moments of these past few years. It has been hard to give up time in the gym to pursue my career as an audiologist, but being able to come to TTCF has been a big help, and all of you were a big part of that. I will carry you all in my heart as I start this new journey in my life.
With nothing but love,