8.25.2013 Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight

1146684_386148594840689_1207251233_n(This pic was taken in a rush before the first WOD and we are missing a few key players from our teams. What a good looking group!)

Good morning,

I just awoke from my 13 hour coma… My body is sore and my mind is a bit cloudy but I am excited for this Spotlight. WOW! What a weekend. WODsomniac: Molten Lava Edition was an experience to remember. I have to start by saying how proud I am of everyone. 24 hours of hard work. Our teams were the talk of the event. You all pushed hard and adapted to every curve ball that was thrown at you. There was no complaining… You just put your head down and WODed. It says so much about the quality of people we have in the CFTP family. When you weren’t competing you were cheering. That says a lot about how much we care about each other.

First of all I would like to thank our photographer, Michelle Cavender. She was there for every single WOD. She rarely left the workout area. Justin, her husband, was there by her side and cheering hard the whole weekend. Words cannot express how grateful I am to these two. We have an amazing community and Michelle is able to bring out the greatness in each and every one of you through her outstanding pictures. Without her we would not have these experiences so well documented. So, thank you!

I would like to thank you all for the intensity and hard work you put in this weekend. I had so many people come up to me and tell me how impressed they were with your work ethic. They could not believe that you all came from one gym. They couldn’t believe how close knit we were and how hard we pushed ourselves physically and mentally. It was a special experience for me to be with you all behind the scenes and to see strategy being talked and to see the camaraderie you all had. There were many times I just sat back in awe with what you were able to accomplish. Throughout this weekend I believe all of us found strengths that we never knew we had. I believe we all surprised ourselves on numerous occasions with personal records. I know each and every one of us experienced frustration and a feeling of, “I can’t push myself any harder.”  On a personal note, WODsomniac this time around, I experienced my highest highs and lowest lows. I got frustrated knowing I could do more but my body not allowing it. This is all part of the experience. Take these frustrations and learn from them, don’t dwell on them.

First and foremost I want you all to pat yourself on the back and be proud of what you accomplished this weekend. Very few people have gone through what you went through and you all did it with class. Rest that body and mind and when you have recovered I would like for you all to focus on the weaknesses that you have and make a goal to turn them into strengths. Refocus yourself. This is just the first of many competitions you will compete in. Prepare yourself so next time you are better prepared to take on the challenge.

Lastly, I want to thank our cheer section. As an athlete, nothing pushes me harder than the screams of our supporters. I heard you all yelling at every WOD. Thank you so much for sacrificing part of your weekend to come and cheer us on.

We weren’t able to bring home the banner and the war hammer this time around. The competition was stiff, even in the open but we all competed at an incredibly high level. Thank you again for your willingness to compete and for allowing me to be a part of your life. You all bring out the best in me and I am so grateful. I don’t know where I would be without all of you. In the coming weeks we will be trying some new things that will help increase our strength as a gym and better prepare us for the CrossFit open next year. Be open to it and embrace it.

I will see you all this week at The Point.

Dan

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