Good morning CFTP,
I love this time of year. It’s getting warmer and everyone is getting out and enjoying their fitness that they have earned in the gym. I also love Memorial Day. We have so much to be grateful for and for me Memorial Day means a lot. Having been in the military and having been deployed I have seen the sacrifices many service members make for us. I also come from a family tradition of military service with my Dad and my brother. I also have cousins who have been in the military and who are still currently serving.
Memorial Day is special because it is celebrating the lives of those who were lost in battle protecting our freedoms. These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice. This is another reason why I fell in love with CrossFit. Many people celebrate Memorial Day once a year but we get a chance to celebrate those lives that have been lost each and every time we complete a Hero WOD. I love that we are always remembering the individuals behind the names. Many of these people would have been forgotten but every Friday, as long as programming allows, we get to complete a Hero WOD and remember these individuals and “suffer” in their name’s sake.
Tomorrow we get to do Murph. I have done Murph probably 15 different times and it still means just as much to me now as it did the first time I did it. Murph was my first Hero WOD. I did it in Iraq in the pouring rain with my battle buddies. At that time I didn’t even know what a Hero WOD was. Now that first workout has more meaning to me than ever.
As you prepare to come in tomorrow morning at 6:30, 7:45 or 9 AM to complete this workout I hope you get a chance to read the story of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. He was 29, of Patchogue, N.Y. Lt Murphy was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death.
If you have not watched “Lone Survivor” or “The Protector” you should. It shows us what a true hero is and what a true battle buddy is. He sacrificed his life that in turn saved the life of Marcus Lattrell, who told the story of heroism that his team showed.
Today we get to spotlight a military man… Morgan Richards! He is moving onto his first station in Germany and he and Holly will be sorely missed by all who have had the privilege to get to know them.
I’ve been doing Crossfit for about two years now and I still feel like a newbie. I’m still trying to learn to perfect my movements and get stronger. I’ve loved the results I’ve gotten thus far from doing Crossfit and the family community that has come with it. I’ve hit many prs that have proved to me that the methodology does work. Some of my best memories of dental school will have been working out and suffering through wods with friends. I hope that I can continue to make it a part of my life.
Trainer’s thoughts on Morgan:
Coach Dan: I am super excited to see Morgan moving onto his next chapter in life. He has been an inspiration to have at The Point. Morgan and Holly have been so fun to coach and to see progress. Morgan always works hard and works on his weaknesses. He is consistent and dedicated. He always challenges himself. He has been a part of many competitions hosted by The Point and at other locations and always gives 100 percent. I can’t wait to hear more about his stories as he departs on his next adventure.
Coach Charms: “I wish I had the chance to coach him more. Soaks up feedback like a sponge and puts his heart into every rep I’ve seen him do. Just being around him makes you smile because his positivity is contagious.”
Coach LaDee: “Morgan has a smile on his face no matter how hard he’s working or how frustrated he is. He is so coachable and has come so far from beginning crossfit! Gonna miss him like crazy!”
Coach Mandy: “LaDee Dangerfield said it perfectly! Always has a smile and very humble! Amazing Athlete!”
Coach JoAnn: “Morgan is such a great athlete, but it’s much more than that. He’s an example of hard work paying off in life no matter what. Career, family, fitness, you name it. Sad to see his family go (going to miss you too Holly!), but so excited for his family and the adventures they have waiting for them!”
Coach Leslie: “Morgan is an all around great guy. He is always striving to be better, and is an amazing example of being humble, kind, genuine and hard working! Definitely going to miss you and your cute family (especially Holly)!”
Love ya all!