Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thank You

Christmas is a few days away, and 2006 is almost in the books.

It’s been a fabulous year, and Crossfit has given me opportunities that I never would’ve envisioned in April. Back then, I was a month outside of a two-year Peace Corps stint, with no intention of staying in Boston. South America was a likely destination.

As fate would have it, a simple website and a beautiful girl changed all that. I started ranting, and pretty soon we had group workouts going. A few months later we printed some t-shirts, built some pull-up bars, and had more group workouts. I met Dave and Tara Picardy and Dawn-Adam Brown of Crossfit Topsfield, and we got together every week to kill ourselves with fitness.

In May, Sam dragged me to the crag and strapped an old harness and some rock shoes on my beaten body. She introduced me to a sport I’ll probably do for the rest of my life, and gave me a wonderful mentor in Mr. John Knight.

July was filled with concerts and celebrations and more workouts, and I went to my actual job for all of 10 minutes that month. My brother and I climbed and drank and went to Fenway, and exercised our right to feel invincible in each others’ presence.

In September, Neal Thompson invited me to start teaching classes at Crossfit Boston, and I haven’t looked back. The people at that Facility are some of the most giving, determined, and all-around quality folks that I’ve ever met, and they’re the reason I get out of bed every morning at 4:30. We moved from a small yoga studio in Brookline Village to a huge box in Roxbury, picking up new friends, Mandla Nkosi, and a whole slew of Krav Maga students.

October brought the Crossfit Certification to Boston, where I was fortunate enough to meet Greg Glassman and Company. John, Heidi, and Shad of Crossfit Cape Fear crashed in my living room for three days, and we had the time of our lives.

I met Lynne Pitts and Kelly Moore, two of the most gracious people I’ve ever had the opportunity to get to know. I marveled at Kelly and Greg’s sub-4:00 “Fran”, and fought the urge to puke after the world’s loudest rendition of “Fight Gone Bad”.

November was filled with PRs, new pull-up bar orders, and even more trainees, and it just keeps getting better.

2006 has been phenomenal, and nearly every moment was recorded here at Again Faster. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my drivel. I appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know.

Without you, my friends and readers, I might be in Venezuela right now.

Go Faster!


Blogger ec said...

hey jon -

thank you for all your work for crossfit boston. the daily blog updates are awesome, and im looking forward to the new oly platform. hell, if i cant lift for shit, ill still look legit.

it has been a good year. in summary, you rock.

12/21/2006 02:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

I'm glad you're not in Venezuela right now :)
Thanks for a great year!

12/21/2006 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger CrossFit Cape Fear & Designs In Fitness said...

Thank you for your words - especially as the three of us look back on that time almost daily.... You've done some amazing things this past year with many more to come.

All our best to you and Sammy as well as EC, Neal and all the rest of the crew...

Have a wonderful Christmas and we'll see you next year!

12/22/2006 10:04:00 AM  

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