The Garage Games were awesome, and I’ll share some thoughts and photos tomorrow, but this blog is all Haley’s.
As you may know, beginning Monday, Haley will be coaching classes at CrossFit Somerville, helping Yosh get everything up and going. Haley’s progress has been incredible, and her determination is unmatched. I think I speak for our entire community in saying it’s been amazing getting to know Haley, and working with her along the way, but our journey together doesn’t end here. Haley and Yosh are still very much a part of the CrossFit Fenway family.
Like many of you, I had no idea how my life would change the first time I walked into CrossFit Fenway. Back then, I was a weak, out of shape college student trying to run a marathon. I could barely do a push up from my toes, and I fell over the first time I tried to backsquat an empty barbell. Seriously, it was an absolute disaster.
Fast-forward 22 months to now: I can definitely squat more than the barbell, I climbed a rope on the floor of the Home Depot Center at the CrossFit Games, and I’ve been lucky enough to coach all of you every morning. While my personal progress still seems unbelievable at times, what’s even more important to me is the number of lifelong friends I’ve made along the way, and the overwhelming amount of support I’ve received from our amazing Fenway community. Who would have thought it would be possible to form such strong bonds…at a gym?!
I’m sure you all understand what I mean when I say that we’ve got something special here at Fenway. We’ve got great coaches who genuinely care about what happens to us both inside and outside of the gym. We’ve got a fierce team of athletes and an even better cheering crowd at competitions (Seriously… have you ever heard the response KP gets when she sends out the “Fenway” call at a competition? It rocks). And most importantly, we have 240+ members who show up every day and give their best to make everyone around them – their friends- better.
I can’t wait to start an extension of our Fenway family at CrossFit Somerville, and I can only hope that it grows into something as strong and amazing as what we have here. To everyone I’ve ever coached, worked out with, or laughed with, thank you for making this place great. Thank you for showing up every day and giving your best; it is always inspiring, and what gets me out of bed every morning. Thanks for putting up with some of my crazy warmups, and maybe one too many plays of “Black and Yellow” (or lately, Nicki Minaj!). Finally, thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love every day.
I’ll miss all of you, but I can’t wait for our first Fenway/Somerville throwdown! Please feel free to come check out the new space and play with our new equipment. Keep training hard and keep posting about your PRs to the blog so I can stay updated on your progress. See you all soon!
November 14, 2011
Strength: Overhead Squat 2-2-2-2-2-2
4 Minutes of Thrusters (45kg/30kg)
3 Minutes of Kettlebell Swings (24kg/16kg)
2 Minutes of Box Jumps (24″/20″)
1 Minute of Burpees
*Score is total reps completed