Monday, January 14, 2013

Very Big Things

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”  - Steve Jobs

This weekend was a weekend of firsts. My first CrossFit competition. The gym's first year anniversary party. And my first step on a new journey.

CrossFit Lakas participated in the Garage Games' World Wide WOD - Gym Resolution -- a one day national event held in gyms world wide. Thousands of athletes all competing in the same three WODs. And wouldn't you know, CrossFit Lakas was holding down the event's Facebook page for a few hours, with two of our athletes holding down the fourth and fifth spot overall before the west coast started reporting results. Not half bad for a tiny garage gym!

The three WODs were Helena, Karena and Grace. There were three divisions: Rx'd (Prescribed), Scaled and Beginner. I competed in the Scaled division.

2 Rounds for Time: 21 KBS @ 1 pood; 12 pull-ups; 200 jump-ropes (singles)
Result: 5:12

5 min time cap:
60 situp buy-in
Wall Balls until the time runs out
Result: 67 @16lbs = 1072 pts

30 Clean and Jerks @ 65lbs for time
Result: 3:58 (23 sec PR)

I was proud of my performance, but look forward to destroying those scores next year and moving up the Leaderboard. One of my favorite things about CrossFit, besides the community aspect, is seeing measurable improvements, not only in myself but in others too.

Following the World Wide WOD, CrossFit Lakas had its one year anniversary party to celebrate the conclusion of its first year as an affiliate and the beginning of what the owners called "AMRAP forever."

With the cutting of the cake came more big announcements for the gym. Starting this spring, the gym is beginning its Instructor Training Program (ITP). The ITP will promote and train athletes from within to become the future coaches of the box. It will be a 12-15 month intensive program to prepare the trainees for their level 1 CrossFit certifications, but also prepare them for the level of training that is expected from a CrossFit Lakas Coach.

When I received the call for entries for the ITP, I didn't hesitate to submit my letter of intent. I would liken it to a moth to a flame. My hubby wrote three paragraphs for his letter of intent, while I wrote three pages. I was more anxious waiting to hear if I was accepted than I was to hear about my college applications.

So there they are, getting ready to cut the cake, and the owners announce their first class of inductees for the ITP, and wouldn't you know, the hubster and I have been accepted!

**Happy Dance**

And thus begins the newest chapter in our lives. Neither one of us is quitting our day job and there's no guarantee that we'll survive become coaches at the box, but I'm so excited to pursue something that excites me. Something I can look forward to every day. Something that I feel so passionately about. I am taking a step towards effecting positive change in others.

This is the first time in a long time I've taken a chance and followed my heart. I've had hair-brained ideas before about quitting my job and pursuing a baking career, about taking on printing and design as a side project, and even about running a full marathon. All of those ideas I was mildly-passionate about, but never took the steps to get there.

This is the first step in a new journey that I hope will be a continuing one. I'm following my heart and intuition. I've set my goal and I'm asking the Lord to show me the steps to get there. I've prayed to be able to do something to make a positive impact on the world, and I'm feeling positive about the path He has put me on and the CrossFit family he has surrounded me with. I am surrounded by strong and good people. I thank God every day for every one of them.

I'm looking forward to sharing this new journey with you.


  1. Haha I was so anxious about hearing back after I emailed my letter of intent as well! I am glad I wasn't the only one!

  2. Nancy I am so excited that you're doing the ITP! I think we have a really great group of people going in for the first class and I'm excited to go through it with you. :)