The Criminal (Coach Elyse)
I mentioned this in an earlier post but need to take some time and embellish on a point; Team Crossfit 808 would not be the 2012 NorCal Champs without her influence. First and for most she brought us together. There is no doubt that the people who know Crossfit walk into Crossfit 808 looking to meet Elyse. Once they meet her they want to train with her. Once they see her train they want to be like her. At least that’s how it went for me. Elyse has the “Get it factor” and it rubbed off on the whole team the weeks before the NorCal Regional and during. At some point during the weekend each member was called to go above and beyond and lift the group. For me this came in the form of Snatching a 100lb dumbbell with my left hand. Three weeks before the Regional iT wasn’t happening. At the regional my effort was good enough to get our team a 3rd place finish. Amazingly each member of our team has a similar story and answered the call. I don’t know what went through the other members minds when it was their turn, but for me, I thought what would Elyse do. Inevitability, my answer was to embrace the suck and kick ass. I can’t say it enough; thanks Elyse, for everything.
Facts are that 90% of crossfitters will never get to compete on a stage like the one Crossfit 808 was fortunate enough to compete on this past weekend. Fact #2; more non-competitive members from Crossfit 808 jumped on a plane, crossed the pacific, and supported the team than did some crossfitters from gyms in the Northern California area. Around January I wrote down some personal goals. One of which was to snatch 225 pounds. If you followed the games you know that I hit a PR this weekend by Snatching 255, well above what I thought would be a life time achievement (which is now currently set at a plump 275). What the videos and pics floating around don’t show is what I saw as I stepped up to the 245 and 255 platforms. There was a sea of neon pink shirts and the sounds of friends and family, not to mention Jeff King’s voice screaming to be epic. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I could throw that kind of weight over my head in one movement. Currently there is no doubt in my mind that if the 265 platform was situated in front of the 808 fans I’d have punched a bigger whole in the sky and stood tall once more. Facts are that as a team we leaned on those present for support. Thanks for the cheers, the rock sauce, the aloe, the help with Mason, the pictures, the pats on the back, and just for being there. The next step in our Journey will only be as sweet if you provide the same back drop. Thank you Crossfit 808 for believing in us.
This is only the beginning of my NorCal Review. If you like this post share it. We need to drum up support for the Games and it starts with celebrating this past weekends accomplishments. Lets all make sure we keep this momentum going and ensure that we hit Carson running and give ourselves the best possible chance to compete and leave with no regrets.