Another Open is upon us. It's hard to believe that this is the 7th year I make a decision about whether to compete in the CrossFit season. It sort of boggles my mind to think that I've been competing in CrossFit for nearly a fourth of my life.
As I think back over the years, and all the competitions I've participated in, I can't help but think about all the people I've met. In this time, we've gotten better at lifting and gymnastics, we've learned to accept the suck of burpees, and to calculate our pace on the rower down to the second. We've congratulated each other, we've hated losing to each other, and some of you have become my best friends.
As I see your names on the leaderboard, I can't help but think about what we've "been through", thanks to social media, local throwdowns, and actual time spent together. I've seen you struggle through illness, injury, divorce, and loss. I've seen you celebrate marriage, PRs, babies, puppies, and triumph in all its forms.
We've grown. Thanks in large part to what we've been trying to accomplish in CrossFit, we've become better, stronger, more confident, more beautiful people. I admire each and every one of you, and I'm grateful for the role you play in my life. As you strive to be better, I push myself to keep up. As you do something I can't do, you show me that it's possible, and I learn. As you overcome the difficult in life, I develop tenacity to face my own burdens.
As I look at my seventh CrossFit leaderboard, and anticipate where my name will fall among the list of incredible women that it represents, I'm so humbled and overwhelmed by all we've been through together. I wish each of you an experience that will enhance your life, make you stronger, and leave you with a better understanding of who you are, and all you can do. To the names that are absent from the leaderboard this year - please rest assured we haven't forgotten you, and you are missed. To the newcomers, good luck, and we look forward to meeting you.