On August 17th, 2013 I received an email (to the AthleteCell info account) from a girl named Kirsten. Her opening statements sounds something like this:
“Hey, I know that on paper I’m not an elite athlete but 9 out of the 12 months I’ve been CrossFitting I have also been battling cancer, well I’, totally cancer free now and I’m more driven than ever to make my mark on the CrossFit community and let the community of other survivors around her know that it can be done and no, it shouldn’t hold you back from your goals.”
First off, how awesome is that?
This thing, that happened to her, wasn’t going to stand in her way. In fact it actually turned her into one of the most motivated, hungry, and dedicated athletes I have ever met. So, to her surprise I’m guessing, we brought her on board the AthleteCell team and got to work.
Our goals were modest, reaching the top 10 in her region for the CrossFit Games within the next 2 years. That’s right, she also understands that this stuff takes time…
Now as her coach, I could have an easier job. Kirsten is patient and dedicated to improving everything about herself. I tell her to do something, it gets done. I ask for video of a movement, I get it. She has something totally unexpected come up that keeps her from the prescribed workout and I get a text apologizing about getting behind and giving me her plan to make it up.
That’s pretty impressive considering the state of our community these days. Last time I suggested an athlete scale their movement I was looked at like I was crazy…
So why am I telling you all this?
Well two reasons:
- We are currently in our 52nd week working together, 1 YEAR!
- Last weekend Kirsten took 1st place at a local CrossFit Competition in Ohio (Brawl At The Bar).
From battling cancer to her first, 1st place finish at a CrossFit competition in under 2 years. That is pretty damn impressive and I couldn’t be more proud.
Do we still have a long way to go? Sure we do, but this past weekend Kirsten was able to get some validation… All of the hard work over the past year, all of the blood, sweat, and tears really does pay off.
With smart coaching, programming, and an unbeatable attitude you can accomplish anything. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what you accomplish next Kirsten!