So I have started writing this post at least four times now. Thanks to the folks who have shown enough interest to actually write and ask where the update is. That kind of support is amazing and awesome. To be fair, trying to get in shape just leaves you kind of busy as it turns out. And so does going to Six Flags and riding A LOT of roller coasters… with no lines to wait in them. But more on that in a second.
The thing I am most excited about and was taking up a lot of my time was this CrossFit Level One Trainer Course. I was spending a good amount of time reading the associated guide so that I could pass the test at the end of the two-day class. I had not seen any of these courses offered in Hawaii, so when I finally received a quota for the class here in Augusta, I immediately started looking for places close by and in the right timeframe. Atlanta had been an option, but it filled up too quickly. The only two remotely realistic places to take the class were San Diego and Orlando. Well, as it turned out San Diego wasn’t that realistic either. The Orlando class was already filled, so I sent a very whiny, pleading e-mail (thanks to Jason Suroweic for guiding me down that path) asking if there was anyway I could get in. They were super helpful in taking my $800 for the course (a $200 military discount…SWEEET), and then I had to figure out how to get to Orlando. Which takes me to last Friday. The folks in my class actually let me out a little early so I could make the two and a half hour drive to Atlanta (because the flight out of Augusta was $300 more which the kind folks at Best Western Mount Vernon Inn were extremely happy to help me store… in their cash register.). So doing the math: a two hour drive to Atlanta, getting there one hour and a half hours early, the one hour flight, one hour to get off the plane and get another rental car, and a thirty minute drive to the hotel… well, it actually adds up to being an hour longer than if I had just drove. DOH! You live, you learn.
Was it worth it? Absolutely! What an incredible experience. The coaches (Chuck Carswell, JMac, Lindsey, Courtney, Leah, and Joe) were awesome, helpful, patient, and really contributed to that whole Community of CrossFit feeling. The information put out… and the way it was presented… made ten times more sense than the Level One Guide I had been poring over for the past two months.
A couple of highlights from the weekend: I stayed awake and took notes (take THAT Army communications school), I hit a Personal Record (PR) on Fran of 9:35 (one of the slowest in the class, but whatever). Fran is 21-15-9 reps of 95 lbs thrusters (think front squat that flows into a shoulder push press) and pull ups. And I ran 8 miles on Sunday morning before class… which happens to be the longest I have ever run in my entire life. Took the exam and felt pretty confident walking out that I passed. We find out in a week or so. Needless to say, walking today has been painful and difficult.
Okay, so this has already gotten longer than I expected. So I will post more about my excuses tomorrow.
Only eight more days until I am reunited with my beautiful wife and we can start another adventure!