It has now become the moment that is defining my current existence – when my wife finally said to me that she would try Crossfit! We had been going through our middle years surfing, running sporadically, going to “the gym” on occasion, playing old-timers hockey but never really getting in shape. The nightly glasses of wine and relaxation had taken their tolls on us – but we did not really know it! Nevertheless we signed up full throttle and gave Dave our money. It was a huge commitment but we jumped and now we are fully ensconced into the sport of Crossfit.
Where have I been?
My background was football, hockey, and watersports of all kinds. I am a full time teacher and former school administrator. One of my colleagues, Sunshine, kept telling me about all the crazy things she was doing at her gym. I kept saying that it was wrong and there was no way this was a healthy thing. Then, on that fateful day, my wife and I realized we were getting nowhere, my weight had ballooned to 215 pounds and we both needed some time together.
What a better way to solidify a relationship than torture! Yes, we committed, got babysitters and started discovering what getting in shape really meant. We lost weight and a year later entered our first competition. We went into the Crossfit North Vancouver King and Queen Competition and came 4th! Now our life has become a revolving door of competitions. While our ages are limiting factors and we are secure with the fact that we will never win the Games, we still have the Masters. We are in better shape than ever and love coming to our gym as often as possible.
Crossfit is humbling. Crossfit will hurt you for short periods of time. Crossfit is hard. Everybody needs something to keep them going during those workouts that push you more than ordinary people can imagine. I have my son to credit for that. He was born with bi-lateral clubfeet – his feet were upside down and turned in. For his whole life through castings and hours of physio and stretching, he has been conquering this birth defect. He is not your ordinary 5 year old. He is my champion. When a workout is tough, I just think of him and all the hard work he puts in and it makes my workout that much easier. I will survive. Sacrifice leads to success!
So two and half years later I am down to 180lbs, stronger than ever and I feel great everyday! I am a role model to my own kids, my family, and my kids at school. I believe in Crossfit so much that I have become and instructor. I hope I am an inspiration to all the members at my gym when things get tough. I hope they know that this short-term pain is all worth it. And for myself…maybe, one July, I will be at the Crossfit Games myself as a competitor.