To my gym fam:
As most of you have heard by now, this coming Friday, April 3 will be my last day at the gym- for now! My wife Sara and I will be flying down to the Mexican border via San Diego, slapping the fence, and turning right around to make our way to Canada on foot. Our goal is to through-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, 2,663 miles over about six months. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be back in Seattle by the end of September, and I’ll be back to coaching at Foundation CrossFit.
This Friday is also First Friday, so make sure to come by CFSLU for the evening to enjoy the workout, drink champagne, and eat some of Grill Mama Coleena’s BBQ!
Guys, I know I’ll only be gone for a little while, but I’m going to miss you all a lot! It has been such an honor and a privilege to be your trainer this past year and fellow athlete and friend these past two. I first took Foundations in January 2013, bored of my 24 Hour Fitness routine and missing the community and camaraderie that comes with being on a team. I played sports in college (I was terrible) but it wasn’t until I found CrossFit that I hit my stride; I make awful decisions on the field but if you point me at a barbell and tell me what to do, that I can do. CrossFit brought variety and purpose to my workout; the FCFCFSLU community gave me a home base in Seattle.
A year ago, I was in the middle of burning out at Amazon and in full-on quarter life crisis mode. I joined Amazon as a machine learning recruiter in order to apply my background in engineering to people problems; in the end, it just felt like I was using people. Coming off of this, working as a trainer with you all has been so wonderful. It’s incredibly refreshing to provide a service that is genuinely appreciated, to build these reciprocal relationships, and to see you all progress as athletes. The human body is an incredible, complex machine, and I have had so much fun problem solving and learning with all of you.
Thank you athletes, for making this community so rich and strong. Thank you for showing up, for listening, and for working hard. Thank you for just “getting it” when I as a trainer struggle to get my thoughts into words, for your weird body quirks, your inflexibilities, and your bad habits that push my problem solving skills – that’s what makes this so interesting! Thank you for letting me be a protective mother hen in Foundations and for letting me push you out of your comfort zone as you grow as athletes. Thank you for being so damn strong, so damn fast, and so damn good at what you do. And finally, thank you to the coaches and staff who have taught me so much about being a trainer and an athlete, and who have led and rallied this community. You are genuinely wonderful people and it has been a pleasure to work alongside you.
But it’s only about six months (and hopefully not much less!). My last day at the gym for now will be Friday, April 3, at the First Friday workout and BBQ at SLU. If you would like to follow our progress on the trail, you can do so on Facebook and our blog – we’ll update via our cell phones every week or so in town. If you’d like to send us a care package or words of encouragement, you can find contact info in the “Contact us” section of the blog. Thank you!
Looking forward to seeing you in the fall as slightly tanner, fitter versions of yourselves and until then,