Today is the beginning of the Taranis Winter Challenge. A Crossfit competition in Victoria, BC. Many of my friends will be competing… and I’m thinking of you all. I wish I could be there to cheer you on and support you, but know that I am sending you strength, and wishing you courage as you take on this ‘challenge’. Have fun!
This summer with its many different travels and adventures has limited the amount of time I’ve been able to workout, and at that it’s often been on my own. Thinking of the Crossfit family in Victoria, the work they’ve put in to be ready for this weekend, and the fun (and awesome hardships) this competition will bring has me missing all of it.
Crossfit to me can actually be summarized in two words: Community & Challenge. As a child training in gymnastics, my teammates became my family. The same thing happened as I bonded with my cheerleading teammates at the University of Guelph, and my classmates at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. These friends were more than just friends. We supported, pushed, and inspired one another. We enjoyed our common interests and spent so many happy times together. When I began Crossfit, I experienced that again. It was so fun to have people to share a new passion with, and bond with outside the gym too. I realize that being part of a team/group makes life so much more enjoyable and it’s an aspect of my life I’m beginning to miss here…
I also think that my time in gymnastics set me up for life in terms of wanting a goal and then working my butt off for it. Somehow it just seems to give purpose/direction to things… The challenge of Crossfit and all of it’s diverse elements mean that there is always something to work towards. I miss that too. Although I have been trying some new things here – like rowing today (oh yes you read that right). But we’ll see if that becomes fun and joyful because today was well, not so much 😉
I’m feeling very grateful for the people in my life who’ve shared my various passions and have become my family through them. I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, you continue to pursue the things you love, that bring you joy and challenge you to new heights!