HA! THE PIC MADE YOU CLICK! ;-) I AM PRETTY AWESOME… A fact which has NOTHING to do with the rest of this post…
Now I just hope, especially if you are a CFC Family member, that I can get you to read all the way through. It is long, but bare with me. It’ll be worth it!
CrossFit Clarksville is an amazing place. I know… shocking I would say such a thing. Every time I write something about how amazing this place truly is I feel like I sound like a broken record. Best coaching… best facility… best community… etc., etc., blah, blah, blah… The harried life of running a small business, raising babies, and wife-ing to a husband in the military often does not allow me the time I would like to be able to expound on what I mean by “best”. With the CF Open just around the corner… YES, it starts 25-February; I wanted to take some time to do just that.
WAIT! Before you stop reading, I PROMISE this is not the same tired old message about how awesome the Open is and why everyone should pay $20 to participate in a competition you know you have absolutely no chance of winning. At least not entirely. ;-) It is also a message about what I believe makes us the best. More specifically what makes us the strongest, and yes, best CrossFit community in Clarksville. I implore you, read on. ;-)
In the next few paragraphs I am going to try desperately to convey a very jagged, convoluted link between the CF Open and what entitles me to crown you, The CFC community, the best around… To do this we need to first define just exactly what The CF Open is… Not what the CF Open is to Rich Froning, or Camille Leblanc-Bazinet or any of the other giants in our sport, but more specifically, what the CF Open is to the CrossFit Clarksville Community. Here is my proposed definition:
The CrossFit Open at CrossFit Clarksville SHOULD be a time to check yourself against… well yourself. It SHOULD be a time of renewal and rejuvenation of the camaraderie, support, and encouragement that we SHOULD be giving and receiving every time we step foot into the gym. It SHOULD be fun. It SHOULD strengthen the CFC family ties that bind and it SHOULD leave us stronger on the other end.
*Notice this proposed definition of the CrossFit Open at CrossFit Clarksville has absolutely nothing to do with winning.
THIS YEAR, I do not believe I am bursting any bubbles when I say we are a community of outstanding, unique, intelligent, diverse, hard-working, fun-loving, loyal, above, below AND yes, plain ole average athletes. You heard it here first. As much as I love you all, I do not believe that any one of us, collectively or individually has a serious chance of making it out of The Open and into the 2016 CF Regionals. Anyone with a somewhat realistic view of what it takes to make it to Regionals these days should not be aghast at this proclamation. If this IS news to you or you are in some way offended by this news, I am as they say… “Sorry, not sorry”.
Some outside our immediate community may find it odd or even off color for me, as an affiliate owner, to make such a statement about my own gym. I don’t really care about them. I care about you. I care about the CFC community. I care about the soldiers, realtors, doctors, moms, dads, bankers, teachers, students, blue-collar, white-collar, no-collar members of this gym. I care about the people who have seen who we are, what we do, what we stand for, and have made a choice to call CrossFit Clarksville home. Don’t get me wrong; we have some incredible athletes at CFC. I could name several off the top of my head that, if they weren’t otherwise engaged protecting this nation, furthering their educations, or working hard to make a living for their families might just have enough time to meal prep appropriately and train the multiple times per day it would take to make it.
I guess that is my point… Why would any single individual in this community feel crappy about not making it out of The Open when they do so much more day in and day out? I have always said that CrossFit is for everyone and CFC is a gym of regular people training hard every day in an effort to live life more fully and look better naked. Yes, I still say that to prospective members all the time… Not much has changed in 4 years huh! ;-) I am incredibly proud of the community that regularly assembles in our “box” and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
OK, OK… I know I’ve been rambling. I’ll try to get to nitty gritty. What makes us so special and how does any of it have to do with the CF Open?!?!
- The fact that I, as the owner of CFC, feel freedom to make an honest statement about our capacity as a gym to qualify for Regionals/The CF Games this year without fear of backlash is a testament to the common ground we share as a community. It is an even larger testament to the shared aims and goals of CFC.
- The fact that you, as members of CFC, feel freedom to disagree, ask some really tough questions, and share grievances (yes, they pop up occasionally – nobody’s perfect) with me publicly, privately, and vehemently, YET STICK AROUND THROUGH IT ALL is a testament to the character of this community.
The facts listed above are just two of a myriad of reasons we are the best… The confidence I feel about the great majority of our community agreeing not only with my proposed definition of the CF Open for CrossFit Clarksville but also with the two reasons I gave for anointing us “Best in Community” could speak to the closeness of the community which would in turn constitute a third “fact” to support our best in class rating. Are you catching on?! I could go on forever, but for your sake I won’t. ;-)
Soooooooooo, what’s the bottom line?
Due to and in further support of the undeniable fact, as evidenced in the insufferably long ramblings above, that we are THE BEST COMMUNITY in Clarksville… The bottom line is this:
- I hope you will all join in the community fun and participate in the 2016 CF Open at CrossFit Clarksville! I don’t care if you pay the $20 to be an official participant and see your name on our gym leaderboard on the CF Games website (which let’s admit is pretty darn cool). My hope is that you will be a part of the extra-curricular fun that will constitute the CF Open at CF Clarksville! I’ve got some awesome ideas for CFC during The 2016 CF Open season – STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS
- I hope you will join me as a show of your approval of the OFFICIAL definition of the CrossFit Open at CrossFit Clarksville.
In case you forgot here it is again with a few subtle changes:
The CrossFit Open at CrossFit Clarksville SHALL be a time to check yourself against… well yourself. It SHALL be a time of renewal and rejuvenation of the camaraderie, support, and encouragement that we SHALL be giving and receiving every time we step foot into the gym. It SHALL be fun. It SHALL strengthen the CFC family ties that bind and it SHALL leave us stronger on the other end.
Looking forward to it!
EXCELLENCE IS OBVIOUS, BE EXCELLENT.