Thank you for the recognition – I am honored. I started coming to aMAZEn/IACF on February 9, 2015. I remember that date because I took a “before” picture the morning of my first class. I took another one-year later. I had just retired from the Texas education system in January 2015 and made a commitment to get healthy. Jordan did an excellent recruiting job when I came to sign up and I went straight for the unlimited membership. If I was going to do this, I was going to fully commit.
Some of you have met my 20-year old son Kyle when he’s been to workouts with me. He is in college (currently applied to Texas State) and working at the Texas Ski Ranch this summer. He did 17.3 during the Crossfit Games with us this year. My 30-year old son is Chase. He works in the oil fields so his schedule is pretty inconsistent. He’s not been to the box yet. Gigi is my lovely wife. I’ve tried to get her just to come watch – ain’t doin’ it, no way. Not giving up on her yet! My mom – Grandma – lives with us in Spring Branch in a 2BR/2BA house on our property. She just turned 82 and didn’t fully retire until June of last year. Still sharp as a tack. God has blessed our family.
I just want to share one story about the gym and the coaches. Being new, I came to a few of the Sunday skills classes that used to be given prior to the 3:30 workout. Camilla was teaching the pull-up kip and progressions. The best word of advice from her was to work into it by pulling up as far as possible and holding. At this point, I could barely do one (count them - ONE!) pullup in a row. Upper body was sadly weak. I started coming to classes early to practice pulling my feet off the ground and holding – 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15, 20 . . . . . I finally got to the point where I could swing my legs up and do three or four pull-ups without dropping from the bar. The rhythm of the kip eluded me for over a year-and-a-half. It finally clicked one day watching other people push aware from the bar at the top. A couple of people had talked about pushing away, but for some reason I couldn’t get my body to cooperate. Now – easy lemon squeezy. Next skill for me – the muscle up! Yeah, I know I need to learn double-unders too, but if old dogs need to learn new tricks . . . . one at a time.
Thank you again for this honor. I truly appreciate the supportive atmosphere of this box and the friendships created in the past 2+ years.