Reflecting on Regionals and a Shout out to CF Balance and CrossFit community!
What makes competing as an Individual CrossFitter unique from other sports? It’s the community and feeling of still being part of a team. This is what I felt over this past weekend both from the Crowd in the stadium, competitors during the event, and most importantly the interactions I had in the Athlete’s area both during warm-ups and after events.
Over the past five years, I have made everlasting friendships from CrossFit events. Similar to your daily training at the box, these competitions are a bonding experience among athletes, coaches, and other supportive Crossfitters. Whether it was watching competitors come together to coach and support you through the last reps, or chatting and congratulating one another on your efforts in Athletes corner, to a last pep talk from Lisa Mealy, Craig Williams, and Nicky Hoberman prior to the last event- what a supportive group! Shout out to the Mid-Atlantic women! I can’t wait to connect with everyone at upcoming competitions!
Special congrats to Christy Adkins and Gretchen Kittelberger for qualifying for the Games! I’ve connected with both these women over the years both in and out of the gym and they always continue to impress and inspire me in my training. Christy has been an amazing friend over the years and that woman has heart whether it is in her fight to the last rep and to impacting everyone around her as a friend! What a remarkable finish in the last event!
Huge shout out and congrats to Nicky Hoberman both a friend and fellow CrossFit Balance coach who placed 6th in the Region, Craig Williams who competed for his first time in Regionals finishing 13th place, Lisa Mealy both a friend and tremendous support during training and the Open and finishing 1st place in two events, and Adam Blaney owner of CF Salisbury who put on a great showing and was a great training partner!
Thanks to everyone in the Balance Gym community who encouraged me to train my hardest this past year including Angela Cole (Tic Tac) for video-taping and pushing me in my workouts. It is coaching you all in your daily workouts and seeing your efforts and success that helps me to train my hardest! I really appreciated all your wishes prior to Regionals and for those of you who came out to cheer me on (Pablo, Emily, Laura who I heard yelling at me to get back on the rings in the 3rd Event) thanks soo much! This year in particular was a very special experience to go through with Craig Williams who I can’t even begin to explain how his attitude and support has had such a profound impact on me.
My number one supporter was my mom and my dad who over the years continues to ask me daily about my training and always encourage me to pursue what I am passionate about! Any sort of self- doubt I have my mom is always confident in me and keeps me grounded!
Thanks to the CrossFit Salisbury crew for hosting me on weekends to train and for your support as well! You all are a remarkable community!
Cheers to another Regionals and ready to get after it for next year!