Last year, I missed the Master’s competition held at Shoreline CrossFit because I was in Mexico. When I returned, everyone kindly expressed that I was missed. My response to this was that I wished, for that day, that I was not in Mexico, but at Shoreline CrossFit at our competition. And I wasn’t just full of it. Being present yesterday affirmed this feeling.
Naturally, I am always blown away by the Masters as a whole. These individuals defy a world where aging is typically considered a weakness and most throw their hands up in defeat. Some at 60 plus, are earning their first trophies, learning to Oly lift, powerlift, do pull-ups, muscle-ups, and push prowlers stacked with weight. They remind me of why I joined CrossFit in its “old days”; no ego, no hype necessary, just happy to be there because it’s good for you and it’s a lot of fun. Conversing with Coach Paul and Gayle afterwards, I couldn’t help but express how blown away with how much easier it is to run an event for people that are 40+ as opposed to the 20-somethings to whom CrossFit usually caters. When we had a couple of small setbacks, yet these individuals did not throw hissy fits, did not threaten, and simply understood, through some years of learning, that life goes on…
We ran an even for some real class acts. So, thank you for setting an example for the generation of CrossFitters to come.
Secondly, I was beaming with pride for ALL of SCF’s athletes who participated yesterday. WOW, just WOW…You all went outside of your comfort zone and represented for Shoreline CrossFit in the best way possible. And of course, a special congratulations to Big John Lynch, who proves himself a superior athlete, yet again, by taking first place in the competitive category of 40-44 year-old males!
Lastly, what impressed me the most, and that which I’m not even sure that I can put into words, is the tireless volunteer spirit of all of our volunteers. This event COULD NOT take place without your selfless actions. A special thanks to Fran and Donna Esposito who ran the SCF Store all day, Terry O’Hara, who was always behind me willing to run things to the office. Thank you to Rich Sudock, Chelsea, Cheryl, and Courtney Barbour who manned the grill for hours, and Diana Minelli who worked the bar; they all froze their butts off and we appreciate it! Thank you to Cara Nielson and Megan Jennette who helped in the Progenex tent for quite some time, and to Lisa Sandler and Roxanne Pietrosimone, who calmly organized all of the scoresheets in the office, and always had the next stack ready to go! And of course, thanks to all of our judges (who I won’t name for fear of leaving one of you out). We’ve received countless compliments on the fairness of the judging at this event. You never complained, and were always ready to go every single heat for the EIGHT hours of the competition! Thanks to Chris Bruno and Nicole Alekson who took amazing photos of yesterday’s event (like both of their pages on Facebook). We are sincerely grateful for all of our volunteers (even though I may not have mentioned you by name).
We’ve got something special at SCF, and yesterday you helped us to be able to show it to the community. Thanks to all that helped to make this happen.