I have thought a lot about how to approach my post-Games blog, wondering if I should share every high moment and dissect every low one. Do I consider the year a wash, a disappointment, a failure? Am I able to see past placement and just be content that I was blessed with an opportunity that others were not? Or do I land somewhere on the spectrum in-between? As my thoughts on these questions unfolds in the upcoming weeks, I am sure I will share more.
For now, here is a rundown of the most memorable moments that stand out in my mind from The CrossFit Games 2012:
- The announcement of and utter confusion associated with the triathlon. As I sat at the dinner table with Elisabeth, Heather, and Candace, we just looked at each other in astonishment.
- Tackling the ocean swim with Elisabeth Akinwale and Stacie Tovar by my side. Last year I remember being much more overwhelmed, but with Lis to my left and Stacie to my right I had a strange sense of security as we moved forward together one stroke at a time.
- Running a good portion of Microwave Mountain with Nate Schrader. This was only the 2nd time in my 4 Games experiences that we have gotten to do an event with the guys. Overwhelmingly, I think everyone really enjoyed this aspect.
- My fellow Central East companion waving her shirt above her head and screaming from one side of the mountain, "Liiiiiiinnnddsey, Woo-Hoo!" as she slowly gained ground. I remember thinking to myself that she was entirely too excited at that very point in time.
- Being told over and over by the Marines stationed all over the mountain that "its all downhill from here." Liars!
- A heart to heart with Tony Blauer after a rough Saturday morning performance. Avoid the fear circle! And when you find yourself in it, get out fast!
- Alexis wrapping her arms around me before bed and telling me, "Mom, you are my superhero. You will always be my superhero."
- Sunday morning breakfast with Doug Chapman. Encouragement, belief, and all-around positive energy. It made a difference.
- Spealler, a dear and respected friend, wrapping his arm around my shoulder and lifting me up in prayer on Sunday morning.
- Sprinting, really sprinting, in the shuttle and knowing Web would be proud.
- An epic finish on the sled workout.
- Hitting a PR on my clean at 220lbs. I remember closing my eyes and thinking, "let the crowd help you get this thing up." Thank you for all your screaming voices. This is a moment I will never forget.
- Watching Elisabeth destroy the clean ladder and the long emotion-filled hug we shared afterwards.
- Discovering that Jenny Labaw would have to withdraw from the competition. This was heartbreaking, but I know she will be back.
- Burning through the 10 muscle-ups in Saturday nights chipper. For the first time, in a long time, I felt as though I was tackling this movement with ease.
- Taking the floor for my final event of the weekend with OG Annie Sakamoto by my side.
- Sitting in the stands and watching the top 18 place-finishers take the stadium. This part stung, it wrenches my soul, but was memorable nonetheless.
12:00 through 15:35
So many personal thank yous:
- Web - My man. The one who stresses more than I do. We learned a lot about a lot this year. Thanks for all you put up with this year and already committing to another.
- Alexis - My young joyful spirit. Baby girl, you mean more to me than you will ever know. May I always be your superhero.
- Dad and Josh - Love you guys and thanks for your support, prayers, and unconditional love. Cannot believe it took 4 years to get you out here!
- Caity and Bill - You helped to make my life easier in so many ways. Thanks for bringing us to an awesome city, I think we're here to stay.
- Brian - My coach, my friend. You made me better this year. Thanks for paving the way.
- Doug and Janece - Thanks for wrapping your arms around me this year. Your encouragement and guidance was invaluable.
- Becca - I appreciate you sharing. You were sister-like to me last week. You rock and I am so proud of you!
- Miranda - My friend who always reminds me to have fun, be proud, and wear a smile.
- Heather - The journey has just begun!
- CrossFit HQ and the Level 1 Seminar Team - you guys are my sounding board. Thank you for playing an integral role in this journey.
- Elisabeth, Annie T., Stacie, Jenny, Angie, Heather, Julie, Kris, Camille, Christy, Becky, Cheryl, Annie S., Candice, Samantha, Becca, Lindsey, Jasmine, Jamie, and Shana - I have been truly blessed to compete alongside each of you on a yearly basis. You ladies are a HUGE part of the reason I do this.
- Twitter/Facebook/Blog supporters. You guys keep me going when the going gets tough. Thank you for always being an external source of motivation.
And then there's those who made a public commitment to support me in this journey. A HUGE thanks goes to:
- Rogue Fitness
- Reebok CrossFit
- Columbus School for Girls
- Stronger Faster Healthier
- Atlas Power Wraps