What a difference a year makes!!

Last March I went to visit family in Florida. I was moving gingerly, often with a cane, required wheelchair assistance throughout the airport and struggled with consistent pain.

This March I participated in the CrossFit Open Games, after my first 3 weeks of doing CrossFit, primarily as a way to connect with the community and see what all the hype was. Last night was the 5th and last week and marked 8 weeks since I began this CrossFit adventure.

I was honored to receive an award last night (not sure exactly what it was called as I was a bit overwhelmed by the whole experience!) for my persistence and determination each week. I set small goals for myself each week because most of the required moves were things I had never done or weight amounts I had never lifted. My coach wholeheartedly believed in my ability to do more than I could fathom possible. I’m elated and still shocked that I was able to prove him right each week.

For the 8 weeks I have been training it seemed clear to me that doing anything on the bar (with my feet off the ground) was a distant goal. Last night I did 8 jumping chin over the bars. If it hadn’t been for the push of the games, it may have been months before I had the grit to attempt it. My judge coached me through each attempt, pushing me to jump higher. My first successful one brought out a loud cheer, “Tobi got one!!” that brought tears to my eyes. I looked out to see Ross smiling back at me and Coach J reminding me to keep my chin up and use my legs. I went for more. The excitement and energy in the room propelled me through. This is what the games are about.

I have loved every minute of the last 5 Friday nights...cheering on all the CFI athletes, being inspired by their performances, and observing fierce determination and dedication in each and every one of them. I’m grateful to the games for pushing all of us out of our comfort zones and drawing us together to support each other as we stretch.

**big thanks also to all my friends and family outside of the box for your support and cheering 🙏🏻❤️

Can’t wait to see what next March brings!!

PC: Bojan


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