And… how about these kind words from KC.. Mikki Cassidy writes: I fell in Love with ACF the minute I walked in the door!! The fierce passion & heart of the place was palpable. They welcomed us out-of-towners like family … Continue reading
Jordan Bullock, owner of Pure Barre Aspen writes:
"As a theory, CrossFit sounds unbelievable, in practice it actually is. In only three months, this box has become a centerpiece of my life. For an hour every
day, I can block out the tribulations of my life and concentrate on me. It is
not only about building muscle – it’s about challenging myself, building new friendships and facing my fears. The enthusiasm here is like a virus you carry out into your world. This is why I keep coming back."
It took me a long time to put this into words….it was a good exercise to sit
and see what the last months have meant to me. I could write more if you need a longer blurb…. feel free to use my name. I'm proud to be a member at your gym. You rock.
"I am an athlete again.
I used to be an athlete. As a collegiate distance runner and rower, I spent several hours a day either on the water, or running through the towns and woods surrounding campus. Weekends meant competition. I loved and hated race days: starting lines full of anxiety, determination, hope… finish lines full of oxygen deprived celebrations, body fatigue, and a ridiculous desire to get right back to practice to start training to do even more on the next race day.
My teams meant the world to me. We were women bound together by a common desire to train, compete, and work together so that we might accomplish more as a collective group than we ever might as individuals. We pushed each other through intervals, comforted each other in disappointment and pain, and cheered each other on in our accomplishments. We found strength and inspiration in one another, day in and day out.
Career, marriage, children, carpools and daily commitments rearranged my priorities. As my post-college years turned into decades, I found myself turning from "athlete" to "athletic." A few months before my 45th birthday, I took a good look at myself… and found something missing.
And then, Aspen Crossfit happened.
I walked into the gym that first day, greeted by a simple sign saying "check ego here." It was reminiscent of the dryland training I did in my college days in the basement of a dorm. Boxes to jump on, bars to pull from, a few weights and kettleballs and ergs were scattered around the room. My first 500 meters on the erg, with Nick patiently encouraging me, brought it all back. The display told no lies: I had to give it all, every stroke… with no excuses. My heart felt like it was going to burst after that short piece, my lungs continued to squeeze out that hacking cough the rest of the day from the exertion of it all, and I was filled with joy and exhilaration.
One hour is all that is asked. Nick and Erik fire me up. I love being "coached" again – having a set workout with high performance expectations. And I love having a "team" to do it with. I have once again found a group of people to inspire me, to push me, and to work me back into an athlete.
Aspen Crossfit has filled a hole that I hadn't realized was making its way into my life. I am an athlete again. I have "my team" and "my coaches" again. I have practices to look forward to (and to nervously anticipate.) Some are really hard. My body hurts. So do my friends'. We are all in it together, and I am inspired every day by what we can accomplish. I am better today than I was yesterday. I am stronger. I am happier. It is all so very, very good."
I really enjoyed reflecting on my experiences these past 8 months – what a major impact you, and AC, have made in and on my life. You guys are awesome – thank you!