It was such an awesome feeling to get there and see so many members of 215. I’m not just talking about the fourteen athletes who competed this weekend, but also the other dozen or so that showed up to support them. Our support and encouragement extended to others and made a great impression, including an athlete from another gym who had arrived solo. He reached out afterward to thank us for how supportive our people were to him and how much he enjoyed meeting everyone.
It was impossible to miss our presence at CrossFit Aspire. We had an athlete in nearly every heat, and each time they managed to get the attention of the emcee. As a coach, I can’t explain the feeling of hearing your gym’s name being called out every five minutes. To all the athletes who competed, I thank you for that wonderful gift and the feeling of pride you gave me – #proudparent.
Throughout the day, 215 athletes rocked heats, won workouts, and overall… well, we’ll get to that. Our morning started with dominance on the women’s side of the competition. Two of our competitors put on a clinic in double unders, as Rachel and Michelle scored the highest and second highest in their respective divisions. Shortly after that came one of the more exciting moments of the day: Katelyn Murray, after one failed attempt, became the only girl to complete a 155 pound thruster, setting a PR and securing first place in that workout in the intermediate division. The list of 215 accomplishments goes on and is arguably too lengthy to write out in detail… but I’m going to do it anyway.
All day long, our women were a force to be reckoned with. As many of you know, both Katelyn and Carly landed on the podium Saturday, finishing in first and third respectively in the intermediate division. Meanwhile, Becca, Carolyn, Rachel, Anne Marie, and Jeannine took places 7-11, with strong showings throughout the competition. Carrying the 215 banner in the women’s novice division, Christa, Michelle, and Melissa had strong finishes in each of their workouts, setting PRs along the way.
Our 215 men also gave us a lot to be proud of. After rehabbing himself with help from Rachel and RARE Physical Therapy, Patrick finished eighth overall out of 56 athletes and even scored second place in workout three. [Oh yeah, workout three was a heavy deadlift and run. Did I mention that Patrick’s injury was to his back? Nice job, Ray.] Dave had our best finish for the men with fourth place overall, including a first place finish in the second workout. Adam and Adler did amazing as well, and certainly repped the 215 as well the next person. There is so much more – for full details on scores for the day you can check out the score board HERE! and click on CrossFit Aspire.
“…finished proud.” And that we did. Not just because of the podium or impressive finishes within each event, but because we were the strongest team there. This weekend was one of my proudest moments as a coach, right up there with highlights such as this year’s Regionals and August’s Summer Slam competition. Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do, and that I have the greatest job I could imagine.Read MoreRead More