Monday, July 30, 2012

Dragon Boats - It's the people

Once again this year I was lucky enough to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival with Synergy. I was bummed for a while when we had try-outs for the teams because I didn't think I was going to make the beast boat. I did make the beast boat in the end and was incredibly proud of that but what did I discover? I discovered it didn't matter. What made the day amazing was not just the fact that we won, it was that we spent the day together as a team - beasts and brutes all under the title of Synergy. I think all of us felt pretty proud walking around Rotary Park in our sunshine yellow t-shirts because it signified our belonging to such an awesome group of people.

We competed, we laughed until we cried (or at least I did... turns out you have to be careful with how you use Olympic weightlifting terms in public - sometimes they can sound incredibly inappropriate), we cheered each other on until our voices cracked and we sincerely celebrated each teams victories. We were the definition of community.

We were a community that won champion of champions, first place, and third place. Most importantly? We were a community that had one heck of a fantastic day together.

Look at that - we're so strong. I don't often have days I wish I could do over and over and over and over again - but I would do this day fifty times over if I could. The races were awesome, both boats were so synchronized - each person giving their all, no one person carrying the weight of the team.

Oh, and in between we laughed - oh did we ever laugh. I am convinced some of my new found Crossfit friends are the most hilarious people on the planet. Case in point? Observe...

Dear: Courtney - you make this world a hilarious place. Keep doing it. I feel as though the expression on your face makes this picture complete.

In between we also frolicked... some people are very talented in the art of the frolic...

It's okay though, you don't have to be able to toe-touch to CrossFit... though I think that's probably what a lot of people watching thought. I just thought to myself... that's awesome.

So not only did we frolic, we also had a pretty sweet finish against the Pirates... anybody who has known me for the past year probably knows I've chomping at the bit to take on the Pirates again. Here's what happened - photo finish...

ARRRRRRRR!!! That be ARRRR boat out in front :). Seriously though, thanks to everyone from FMG for your hard work during the day - it's sure appreciated!

Lastly, after the laughter, the frolicking, and the epic photo finishes - we managed to take home some pretty sweet trophies as a team. (Also, I'd like to just make a shout-out to Brio for getting into the final heat, you guys did so awesome! Can't wait to see you back next year!)

I'm excited to have been a part of these trophies and I know every time I see them at the gym I'll smile... and remember a certain pool party that capped off an amazing day. Alas, I do not have any pictures of this event - though that is probably for the best. Picture chicken fights... really intense chicken fights.

I can't tell which one is Claire/Chad and which is Christianne/Tyler... but it was a dynamic battle of epic proportions.

So basically, what I'm trying to say is... Saturday was awesome and what made it awesome had everything to do with who I spent it with. On top of all the hilarity, I also really enjoyed the time we had to sit and visit. I was able to meet some new girls to the gym during the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with them. I wish they would have come out to the after party. I guess that just means I'll have to surprise super soaker them at the gym instead sometime... then it will be like they were there. Along with the new folks, I also really enjoyed getting to know the old folks (haha!) even better.

Fantastic day. Thanks for keepin' it real Synergy, love y'all!


-Kimmy G

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Just Have Fun With It!

According to Dale Carnegie, "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."

So THAT'S why CrossFit worked for me, and that's why it keeps me working hard! Tonight I had a couple awesome girls at the gym mention that they checked my blog today and there was no update. As much as it was a small thing for them to say it put a huge smile on my face and inspired me to make a new post. Generally when I write an entry on this blog it's because something has triggered a string of thoughts and made me want to write. Well, their comments certainly inspired me to make an update for Pete's sake! It's crazy how a few words on a piece of paper (or a blog in this case) can mean something to somebody; I'm so glad it does. I'll keep writing! As I went through the workout tonight, I thought more about how Synergy creates success stories one person at a time. As I thought about all the people I know who have come leaps and bounds since I've known them at the gym, I realized there was a common thread among them all - they like to have FUN!

Win or lose, competitive or recreational - there's always some sort of fun or uplifting mood shooting off the rafters at Synergy like wildfire. Whether it be the upbeat music (tonight was "dontchya wish your girlfriend was hot like me!") or the smiling faces, there's always a reason to smile when I walk in the doors. I think that's what keeps me coming back, bettering myself, and having FUN while I am doing it!

Sometimes people laugh at me a little during rest periods when I have my own personal dance parties... because, well, it has been known to happen - even in competition... (*cough*frostfit*cough*)

But you know what? The thing is, I think the fun is what keeps me going. It motivates me to push on. So what if dancing re-energizes me more than sitting quietly? Okay, that's certainly not always the case - there are times I'm on the ground gasping for air (haha, aren't we all!)... but the point is, the fun attitude brings positivity, and positivity is what helps me push through a hard workout. The positive atmosphere of this gym makes people succeed; positivity breeds successful individuals.

Sometimes I challenge myself just to smile during a really hard workout, I don't always do it, but when I do it almost makes me laugh - people watching must think I'm insane... and maybe I am, but I'm having FUN... and fun means success.

Not everything in life needs to be so serious, Synergy line dance anyone? :)

So get out there, have some fun, and succeed!


-Kimmy G

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

That "Picked Last In Gym Class" Feeling

I try my best to keep my posts on here upbeat and positive as I believe wholeheartedly in sharing what I've learned hoping that it may speak to others who find themselves in a place where I've been. However, being human, sometimes my experiences aren't always 100% perfect or the way I want them to be. So I share this as a method of letting go... but just as much, I share this as a method of proving that everyone struggles - the important part is to acknowledge it, deal with it, and learn to move on stronger than you were before. That's what I'm trying to do right now.

Tonight I should be celebrating. I should be jumping up and down for joy... but I can't bring myself to that place. Tonight as much as I killed the workouts - far surpassing my old personal records, I am feeling really down on myself. Tonight we tackled two CrossFit benchmark workouts, "Fran" and "Grace." Fran is 21 65lb thrusters, 21 pull-ups, 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups, 9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups for time. Tonight I did the workout fully as prescribed in 9:07, and I've actually never done "Fran" before - not even once. After 10 minutes rest, I did "Grace" for the first time as well, 30 95lb clean and jerks, and I finished in just over 6 minutes. So why aren't I celebrating? I should be, right? It's because I can't shake the feeling of being picked last in gym class. Tonight's workout brought me back to a place I haven't been in a long time. You see, tonight's workout determines who makes the "beast" boat for the dragon boat races, and who makes the "brutes" boat. With the times I put up tonight, as much as they're incredible for me, they're likely not enough to make the beasts team. That's what I am struggling with tonight, that moment in life where your best just isn't enough.

So where do I go from here? I learn to be humbled. I learn to keep fighting. I remind myself that hard work pays off and this doesn't mean I'll always be "picked last" or I'll never make the team... it may just mean not right now. It may mean wait. Hard words for sure, but they're words that create character. It means that one day when I do make the team it'll mean the world to me; it'll be one of those mountain-top moments. I choose to believe in that moment, whenever it should happen. So while this hurts and it'll take a while to shake that completely ridiculous lie of a "not good enough" feeling, I am going to try my hand at continuing with positivity. If I am in the brutes boat, I will bring my smile, I will bring my team spirit, I will rally my team, and I will be proud to be among Synergy members - Beast or Brute. I will make it to that place.

For now, I will remember the journey. If you happen to be where I'm at right now - keep fighting. Work hard. Side by side, we're going to get there someday.


-Kimmy G