After 3+ years here in Boston, Jen Warren and Mike Geiner are headed out west. It’s been a pleasure working with and getting to know both of them, and I’ve been very proud to have them as part of our community. Although they’ll be a part of our extended family, we’ll definitely miss them around the box. Whatever affiliate gets Jen and Mike is very lucky. They wanted to say a few words to everyone, so here it is, from Jen and Mike:
To our dear CFF friends,
Over the past years, you have become our family and closest friends. We write today to thank you for all that you have given us. First and foremost, you became our core group of friends and, in turn, our Boston family. We exercised, cheered, whined, cried, dined, and wined with you.
Mike announced we’d be writing this (yeah, it was his idea!), and I hesitated. I didn’t want to write it…still don’t. How do you sum up three years of friendship, hard work and fun in a few paragraphs? I keep writing and deleting, not finding the words, which is kind of a rarity for me. Suffice it to say, I loved my time here. I made great friends, got in some great workouts, improved as a CrossFitter, and became a stronger person physically, emotionally and professionally.
When deciding where to live in Boston, I specifically chose an apartment close to a CrossFit gym. Fortunately Fenway had opened a handful of months before my move. I found a 400 square foot apartment and sent my deposit, sight unseen. As I drove to Boston, I hoped my money hadn’t been stolen by some real estate scam artist and hoped for the best. I started going to CFF my first week in town and haven’t regretted a day since. That gamble three years ago (and that one where I continued dating Mike long distance) paid off. Over these three years, I’ve made some amazing friends and shared some great times. While I’m disappointed to be leaving such great friends, I am glad to have met them and spent time with them.
When I first arrived 3 years ago, I already had 2 years of CrossFit under my belt, yet I continued to learn more every year here, which speaks volumes of our coaching staff. Despite my crazy work schedule where I would disappear for weeks or months at a time, I knew I always had a solid core of friends waiting for me with open arms (and admonishments to get back in the gym). When I went through what is probably my most severe injury to date, the coaching staff and my friends kept me sane and made sure I didn’t just hide away in my apartment getting weak.
Thanks to everyone – our coaches and our friends and even the people whose faces I recognize but couldn’t call out by name. You’re all an important part of our lives. And special thanks to Eric. I think you’re an amazing coach, and the fact that you’re able to step away from the fun stuff to make sure the gym is running smoothly is the sign of a true professional.
Before I actually lived in Boston, I would regularly visit Jen and subsequently drop-in to CFF. I would show up for a couple of days then vanish for a while, only to reappear again another month. I remember Joe asking me once, ‘What’s your deal? You show up every so often, lift a bunch of weight then disappear.’ (I’m probably ad-libbing a bit but that’s how I think it went). When I eventually did arrive and begin learning how to math my way through converting pounds to kilos, I began to make big improvements in my training. After a few months here, I was finally goaded by Wife and KP to enter my first competition. Not only would it be my first comp, but with Eric’s (and the other coaches) encouragement I did the Rx division. I never thought I would have so much fun doing such hard work, but I guess that’s why we are all here anyway.
Which brings me to you all: the CFF community. The best part of being a member here is getting to hang out with, help, be helped, be inspired by, and in Shane’s case, be my personal target everyday. Even though we have never worked out together, and only been in the same room at the same time once, every time I check the blog or look at the board, you’re the first name I look for and I mean this with every ounce of respect. Maybe you have known, maybe you don’t care, but you have had a larger impact on what I do in the gym than I care to admit. Not to mention how happy I would be (on the inside) to (rarely) out metcon Gabe, Shorty or Phipps. I would love to list all the people I workout with and how they inspire me, but the blog might explode (or bore the living crap out of everybody) so I will try to tell you to your face if I see you before we leave.
To the coaches (even one or two that aren’t here anymore): THANK YOU for everything. Sam, Erika, Mandy, KP, Mary, JT, Joe and master ringleader of them all Eric.
You people used to terrify me. Now I’m ok with most of you. *wag-wag-yawn*
August 29, 2013
High Bar Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5
With a 12 minute running clock, in teams of 2, 1 athlete working at a time:
Buy-in: 20 Rope Ascents (or 80 Pull-ups)
In the remaining time: AMRAP Burpee Box Jump Overs, 20″