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Rescue Sled 2015

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The CrossFit Games season has officially come to a close for another year. From the Open to the final event at the Stub Hub Center, 2015 has been an absolutely unforgettable year from start to finish. One day after returning from the sunny skies of Southern California, it’s nearly impossible to put it all in perspective. A few words on a screen really cannot fully express the emotion of this season, but here’s a start.

Three words come to mind when I look back at our team at the 2015 CrossFit Games: proud, humbled, and grateful.

I could not be more proud of our team and what we accomplished this year.  Of the six individual athletes that made up the 2015 CrossFit Fort Vancouver team, not a single one of us qualified through the Open to compete at the West Regional individually.  As a result, none of us would have had the opportunity to compete at Regionals or beyond without each other.

The 2015 CFV Team embraced the idea of being “Stronger Together” from the start.  Since none of us even had the option to be an individual competitor at Regionals this year and we were a relatively new and young team, we knew our strength came not from individual talent, but from what we could accomplish together.

We finished the Open in 10th place out of 30 teams in the West Region.  With just five Games-qualifying spots up for grabs at Regionals, earning a trip to the CrossFit Games was an uphill battle from the start.

Team training following the Open went well.  We improved as individuals and as a unit and to our surprise, won the first two Regional competition events.  When the dust settled at the end of the weekend, we found ourselves in fourth place, securing our team’s seventh consecutive trip to the CrossFit Games.

After achieving our team goal of going to the CrossFit Games with a top five finish at Regionals, no one had the highest of expectations for placing at the Games.  Quite honestly, we were all extremely excited just to have the opportunity to compete with the top 40 teams in the world.  As a result, we didn’t place any unnecessary pressure on ourselves leading up to or at the Games.  Instead, we took things one workout, one day, one event at a time, and focused on having fun doing CrossFit while trying to get better every day.

This year’s CrossFit Games started with another Rescue Sled swim around the Hermosa Beach Pier.  Following our first team experience with it in 2014, I remember saying that if I could choose one CrossFit Games workout to never, ever repeat, that would be it.  It’s funny how time changes things though. Leading up to this year’s Games and after spending much more time in the water this year, a rescue sled event was the one test that I was hoping to see more than anything else.

We didn’t finish first in the swim event this year, but we were also a lot further from last.  And since no team members puked or got puked on, it was a fantastic start to our Games.

Later that day, we ran a 6-mile team relay faster than anyone else at the Games.  Winning a couple events at Regionals was cool.  Finishing first in an event at the CrossFit Games is something we’ll never forget.  Six people that all failed to qualify individually for Regionals came together and won the second event at this year’s CrossFit Games in the most competitive field ever.

After a Thursday off, we had three additional days of competition.  Most events went as perfectly as they possibly could have for us; a couple did not.  Through it all, we enjoyed every second of it.

Highlights all weekend continued to be events that required teams to work together: a 6th place finish on Earth Worm and 7th on the chipper.  While Big Bob got the best of us at times in past Games, we were able to claw our way to a 7th place finish in that event this year.

On the final day of competition, we finished in 16th place, 6 spots away from making the cut to advance to the final event.  I could not be more proud of the effort that this team put forth and am honored to have been a part of something very special.

I speak for the team when I say we are humbled by the CrossFit community that has given us the opportunity to compete together at the highest level and we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts for so many that make it possible.  The number of people that have contributed to making it happen is so great, I will undoubtedly fall short of thanking you all, but just know that everyone who has supported us along the way is appreciated.

First, Thank You Mathew, Bryan, Andrea, Eva, and Kristina for being five amazing teammates.  There were 270,000 Open participants this year, about 2,000 Regional competitors, and 240 team athletes at the CrossFit Games.  I’m just thankful that I got to be on a team with the five of you this year.  The hard work and sacrifice that you all put into this season made the 2015 CrossFit Games one of the best experiences of my life, so thank you.

Thank you to Robbie and Andrea P. for being the final two members of our 2015 team.  Being the alternate is the toughest role on the team: you both put in the work all year but did not get to enjoy the thrill of the competition arena.  Thank you for your selflessness in taking on that role and giving your all every day.

Thank you to Nate for your coaching and guidance throughout the Open, Regionals, and the Games.  I can say with confidence that without your help, our season would have ended a couple months earlier this year and once at the Games, we would have been much closer to the bottom of the field than the top.

Thank you to all of the coaches here at the gym that lead by example and give so much of themselves to help others: Ken, Andrea P, Andrea R, Nate, Jason, Cheryl, Brad, Austin, Nigel, Robbie, Chris, and Colin.  You are the best of the best and we are all thankful for how many of us you have helped in so many ways. You all stepped up extra last week to make sure that no classes were canceled and no one’s workout missed on account of the Games.  Thank you Nancy as well for all of the things you do behind the scenes at the gym help make this community awesome.

Thank you to Ike, Jo, Anita, Christina, and the team at 360 Physical Therapy who generously donated their time and services all season to help us perform at our best.  You all are fantastic and we’re grateful for you.

Thank you to Paul Reed and the team at Bridge Chiropractic for your generosity and your contribution to this year’s team.  Not even a rope swing gone bad stopped this team thanks to you guys.

Thank you to Robbie, Destiny, Scott, and Lori at Recharge NW for not only all you do here at home to help this community, but for going mobile and helping our team recover at both Regionals and the Games this year.  You are amazing people and we appreciate all you’ve done for us.

Thank you to everyone who supported us and our trip through the silent auction fundraiser this year.  Thank you to everyone who believed in us even more than we believed in ourselves at times.

Thank you to everyone that volunteered and judged through the Open, Regionals, and at the Games.  It truly takes an army to make our sport happen, and it’s the generosity of so many people sharing their time and effort that make it possible.

Thank you to the families of all of the team members for understanding and allowing us to do what we love to do.  We know that your sacrifice is greater than ours much of the time, and we appreciate all that you do to support us.

Thank you everyone that came to the gym during the Open, to the Tacoma Dome in May, to the Games at the Stub Hub Center to cheer and scream and show your support, to everyone here at the gym and at home yelling at the live feed, and those of you that even came to the airport when we arrived back home!  It helps way more than you can imagine to have your support.

Most importantly, thank you to my amazing wife Lauren for all that you do and all that you put up with so that we can strive to be the best competitive exercisers we can be.  The CrossFit Games may be only one week out of the year, but Lauren puts up with the planning, programming, evaluating, adjusting, and obsessing every day.  You’ve been there through it all supporting this crazy ride for seven years, and you are the best teammate I could ever ask for.

We have so much to be thankful for and so many to of you to say thank you to, there is no way we can ever give you as much in return as what you have given us.  It is our hope this year though that in some small part or in some small way, our journey together might inspire others to be a little better or do a little more than even you think might be possible.

Stay tuned for a recap on Jess’ 2015 individual and Dawn’s masters season.

See you in the gym!

10 Comments

 
Steve F

July 28, 2015
7:20 am

Well said Adam, we are all so fortunate to be on this boat together. Way to go CFV!

Donna

July 28, 2015
7:36 am

What a fun Games season! You guys were so fun to watch in and out of the gym. I’ve said it once, but strength in numbers was your signature this year! We’re all so proud! Welcome home team!!!

Kristina

July 28, 2015
8:14 am

I just want to say thank you so much to the whole CFV community! You guys have done so much for us and none of this would have been possible with all of your support. It was an amazing year and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to be apart of it. We love you all!

Eva

July 28, 2015
9:10 am

Well, Adam said it perfectly. Thank you to entire CFV community both near and far for always believing in us from the very start. We truly are “Stronger Together,” not just the six of us, but the entire Fort Vancouver Community as a whole. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Roo

July 28, 2015
9:15 am

Very well said Adam! I can’t remember smiling so much in Crossfit as I did this year, it was so much fun! And to the CFV community, you guys have no idea how much your energy drives us out on the field and inside the gym. Seeing your faces in the crowd, your posts on social media, your text messages, your positive words in the gym, whatever it is, YOU GUYS are the teammates no one else see and your support is beyond amazing. I’m so greatful to get to be one of the few who get to represent your community. THANK YOU!

Austin Crook

July 28, 2015
9:35 am

The Crook family had sooo much fun watching you all on TV. Thanks for being great athletes and, more importantly, great people!

Trista

July 28, 2015
10:18 am

Jeff and I had a great time watching you guys on TV too! You all did an amazing job and are an inspiration to me.

Mathew (mustache)

July 28, 2015
10:44 am

I’d like to also say thank you to all of you in the amazing Crossfit Fort Vancouver community! A year ago almost to date…I walked into CFV with no idea of what was to come. Representing the North West was pretty awesome…BUT, I cannot begin to put into words how much pride and honor I was FILLED with while wearing that “CrossFit Fort Vancouver” jersey. Marching out onto the competition field holding that CFV flag. Man it fires me up just thinking about it!!!!

Thank you all for welcoming me into the family with open arms! I’ve never felt an easier transition in my entire life. Thank you to my team and the gym for maintaining faith in me after the injury to my wrist (a week before travel to the Games)..and to Doc Paul Reed/Ike/Recharge NW for your hands on genius abilities that sped the healing process! It was because of all your prayers/thoughts/hands on help, that I was able to compete all week with zero pain or problem.

I don’t know where I’ll be next year or what lay ahead at the moment..but one thing is for certain, this community is unmatched by any other gym in the world! I couldn’t imagine wearing any other logo across my chest! I love you guys! Again, THANK YOU!

Jim Kean

July 28, 2015
11:30 am

Just wanted to add that Claire and I were traveling but watching via internet and cheering everyone on. Great job CFFV team, Dawn, and Jessica.

Weed's

July 28, 2015
12:38 pm

Adam, thanks for leading us all and putting us in the best situations possible. (In the gym training and on the competition floor) This year of training and competing has had some highs and lows but mostly highs! And like what Roo said, this year has been filed with so many laughs and unforgetable momemts…Thank you everyone!
This past week was a blast! Not only was it a competition week/weekend but it also felt like a vacation with great friends and family. It is a great reminder as to why I do Crossfit and why I will continue to do Crossfit. Here at CFV, the community, atmosphere and friends are among the best in the world to be around.