So Grateful

by Sarah on May 20th, 2015

With the 2015 Regionals nearly here, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.  Each time I'm blessed with an opportunity to do something like this, I'm overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude towards all the people that have made it possible.  As I'm sure you've all seen and experienced, no serious athletic endeavor is possible without the support of family, friends, and coaches, and in this department I have the most wonderful team around me.  Thank you for encouraging me, supporting me, and making this possible.

First thanks goes, of course, to Coach Rob.  I'm always shy about PDA, but I can't write a thank you note without publicly acknowledging how incredibly grateful I am for his counsel, support, wisdom, guidance, patience, and encouragement day in and day out.  He is of course more than just my coach, but he is a fabulous coach, and I'm incredibly grateful that he's willing to put up with my nonsense and help me make sure all the necessary pieces fall correctly in place.  I wouldn't have made it nearly this far without him.

Most of you know Taylor, aka Dr. Rabbetz, as an athlete in the AR community, and probably also as a very talented chiropractor.  I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his role in making this possible.  Between catching my femoral stress fracture before it got serious last year, to finding my sublaxed rib mid-way through the Open this year, and helping me work through many forms of aches and pains between then and now, I've really relied on his wise counsel and depth of experience to help me push to my limits without breaking myself.  Taylor, thank you for being there to fix my broken parts and encourage me when things looked bleakest.

Every athlete is a product of the training environment, and mine has been wonderful.  I'm so grateful to each and every Arena Ready athlete who has pushed to be better while part of our community.  Your effort, your tenacity, your determination, and your enthusiasm inspire me on a daily basis and make me want to make the best of myself.  Thank you for your patience as I've had to shift some of my attention to training over coaching.  I am very excited to get back to seeing you all more frequently!

To the Gladiators who stepped up to push me head to head during the Open and since then, whether or not you told me you were trying to help me make it, or to do better once there, thank you.  CrossFit hurts, and knowing that you were willing to hurt extra to help me go faster made me go even faster than that out of wanting your effort to be worth it.  Thank you for creating an environment where I wanted to make you proud, and for wanting to help me in this mission.

To the Arena Ready coaches who have stepped up to help cover for me while I've been training, and working, and deliriously tired, thank you for wanting to help, and even more thank you for being so helpful.  Thank you for helping me learn to walk on my hands, to get strict handstand pushups, to refine my lifting, improve my kipping, and everything else.  Thank you for being and becoming experts in this field, and for contributing your expertise to our community.

And to the broader CrossFit community, friends I've made at competitions, seminars, on the Level 1 Seminar Staff, the HQ staff, and everyone else who has reached out to wish me luck, set an inspirational new PR, fought through something tough to emerge stronger, thank you.  It's really cool to be a part of such a special movement, and I'm grateful to call you friends.
Photos courtesy of oh happy dawn photography

WOD for 05-21-15:

Strict Press:
3-3-3-3-3

-then-

For Time:
100 Double Unders
80 Walking Lunges
60 AbMat Sit-ups
40 Kettlebell Swings @ 53/35 lbs
20 Box Jumps @ 24/20 in


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