11.24.2013 Coach Dan’s Sunday Spotlight

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Good Morning CFTP,

CrossFit, like life, is a journey. Back when I started CrossFit while deployed to Iraq, CrossFit was very exciting and interesting. It was fun and unexpected. Every time I went in there was a new workout for me to conquer. It was something that I looked forward to going in and doing every single day. It bonded my team together. My team out there called ourselves The Tactical Element or TAC-E because we went outside the wire more often than others in our team. CrossFit bonded us as a team and better prepared us to accomplish our task. When you are sweating and working together it adds a bond and creates a special kind of friendship.

Then when I got certified as a Level 1 Trainer I was at another level. I was able to understand CrossFit even more deeply. I was able to understand the whole community of it and understand greater the purpose behind it. I started to learn what CrossFit meant to me and how it could mean so much in so many ways to others around me. My desire to open my own gym to start my own community began to grow.

As an athlete when you are competing or becoming a better CrossFitter and working on different elements of CrossFit it has it’s ups and downs. There are days where it feels like you are traveling straight uphill the whole time. It is difficult and hard to overcome some of those barriers and obstacles. Then there are those days that feel like you are coasting downhill. You are having those breakthroughs and PRs. I noticed that just recently as I competed this past weekend at Fitness Elevated; mentally I wasn’t really there. I wasn’t prepared and it was very taxing emotionally on me and I had to just push through the WODs. While it was difficult I felt as if I grew from it. Not only do I feel I have become a better CrossFitter for it but also a better person. I grew stronger mentally and physically by taking that chance even though I didn’t quite feel mentally prepared. I believe that it was a weekend where I can take what I learned and put it towards my real life situations.

One thing that I would like for you all to know is that as you progress as a CrossFitter and throughout your CrossFit career that it is not always going to be easy. Just like in life we have ups and downs, CrossFit is the same way. You are going to have good days and bad days. You are going to feel like you are on top of the world one day and the next you may feel like you just want to quit, asking yourself “Where’s the door?”.  This past weekend there was a WOD that we had to push a sled on this dirt at the Equestrian Center. I was sliding all over the place and during this it got to the point where I thought. “This is bullshit, I am done. It is embarrassing how long it is taking me to push this damn sled.” At that moment I could have just quit and said screw this! But that’s not who I am. When you get that feeling you got to keep on pushing through. Sadly, it’s not always going to be fun. There are going to be days where you are going to cuss and be pissed and give your trainer some dirty looks but at the end of the day you will be a better person for it. The next time you face a similar challenge whether it be in life or at the gym you will approach it differently and you will be better prepared to take it on.

The beautiful thing about CrossFit is you are not doing it all by yourself. You are a part of a team. We are all on the same team. Even when I compete at these various competitions. At the end of the day we are all on the same team. Of course I want to win. I am very competitive by nature but I also want to see those I am competing with succeed as well. This past weekend it was great to have Navarro there to help me through a tough competition.

I want you all to know that even coaches have their struggles and that doesn’t mean that we are not progressing. When we struggle we are not only physically progressing but more importantly we are mentally progressing. I want you all to remember that. Don’t beat yourself up. Dust yourself off and get up and do it again. When you are on top of the world be aware of those around you who are not and make sure you are there to support them and help them up. We are in this together not only inside the gym but in life outside the gym as well.

It was so amazing to go out with such a huge group of our community on Friday night. The service was atrocious but when you are with good people it doesn’t matter. Catching Fire was a great show. I loved going out with all of you. Thank you for being such amazing friends to me and to each other. We are planning a Christmas Party so hopefully you all can make it this year.

Lastly, for those ladies who have not signed up for “No, Baby Leave Your Socks On!” Competition; the online registration will be up through the end of the week. The competition is on the 7th of December. You could still sign up at the door but I would appreciate it if you ladies would all get on this week and sign up online. It would make my life a lot easier. Here is the link: http://nobabyleavethesockson.com/contact/register/ Just click on CrossFit The Point and it will take you to the registration site.

Thanks again for being who you are. I look forward to this upcoming week.

Coach Dan

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