In 2014, I had a life-altering event happen in my life forcing me to move back to my home state of Colorado. Moving back took a huge toll on me emotionally - I was basically starting all over after I had built a great life elsewhere. I got to a point where I could see two different paths: either be complacent and take life for how it is, or to learn, grow and empower myself to find a different path. At that time, there was a Groupon for 20Mile and I told my family I was going to sign up for it - because if you tell someone you're going to do something, you're more likely to do it. It was going to be 'my new thing' for me only. I was super excited about it until my mom told me that she had also purchased it for my brother and that 'now I have someone to go to CrossFit with me.' My brother and I were both nervous before our first workout. We might have listened to some pump up music in the car before walking in. I expected a brutal workout, to be intimidated and to feel like I had something to prove. I felt pressure to beat my brother.... because he's my brother. I was nervous, scared, and proud of myself for going all at the same time. What I didn't expect was to feel so welcomed and encouraged. I didn't expect the coaches to pay close attention to me and make sure I was scaling correctly and that I had good form (or as good as it gets for my first workout). I have been a part of 20 Mile CrossFit ever since. I feel a sense of community, empowerment and a sense of competition within myself to do better. The sense of community has played a key role in adjusting back to life in Colorado. I attend different class times and I am consistently impressed by the sense of community within each class and the passion and commitment of each coach. 20 Mile CrossFit has been a game-changer in my life. Since joining, I have gained a sense of empowerment. I am more confident. I view myself as strong and driven. I am not defined by the crisis that happened in my life, but how I work to grow strength from within myself. (The only thing I would change is that horrible moment when I realized that everyone at the gym thought that my brother was my husband. It's just something I'll have to live with for the rest of my life.)
I started crossfit on whim with a groupon when I was the heaviest I had ever been and was desperate for change. I had been a 'runner' prior to crossfit but hurt myself (due to poor nutrition and improper training) and gave up on everything including myself. I am so thankful for that groupon because Crossfit has changed me in so many ways. It has made me understand that the number on the scale is not what's important. Taking care of your body and being healthy and strong is what's important. It has taught me the importance of all around fitness including strength training, stretching, cardio and food for fuel instead of focusing on food as a diet. The coaches at 20 mile have taught me how to overcome fears, how to believe in myself, and how to be a part of something more than just a gym. Thank you 20 Mile Crossfit for all you do!!!
I love the ways that CrossFit has changed my body - I am leaner, stronger, faster, and have more endurance than I've ever had before. But even more than that, I love the ways it has changed my mind. CrossFit reminds me that I am strong, that I can work hard and do hard things. It reminds that things don't have to go well to be done well, and that the process of pushing through the walls can be more satisfying than arriving somewhere without encountering a wall at all.