7 Years Later…A Dream Come True

The past 8 months of working with Team CDR have flown by. My boyfriend Matt deployed for 6 months which forced me to focus on bettering myself in his absence. I spent my days working, training, and pursuing mental and emotional strength. What I found in the midst of missing the person closest to my heart, was what I was really made of. I honed in on the most important relationship in my life that I had been neglecting, and that was my relationship with God.

I started CrossFit at the age of 19, while I was cheering at the University of Louisville. When I started I couldn’t do ONE unassisted pull up and yet I told myself that one day I would compete at the CrossFit Games. Being part of Team CDR has made that possible and I want to recap a bit of our journey and the experience of Regionals.

Calvin Davis and I competed together on the Los Angeles Reign for the NPGL and he jokingly would try to recruit the girls of the team to move to Redlands in order to be a part of his CrossFit Team. After our last match of the season, I told him that I wanted to be on his team. The part of my training that had been missing for a while was the coaching and the camaraderie of working with others, and I knew that he could provide that. I also knew that due to his previous 3 showings with his team in Carson that he had the experience and discipline needed to get the the Games.

He immediately had our team focus on gymnastics, which was our biggest weakness as a whole. He also hardly ever had me on a barbell…which I was not happy about, but I knew that he was right, so I listened. Each day was a challenge. I found myself frustrated and the training knocked me down several times. We spent 90% of our training doing things we hated doing. The girls drive between an hour to two and a half hours three times a week minimum in order to ensure the time commitment required by CrossFit, therefore sacrificing a lot of time driving back and fourth. Our bodies went through extreme soreness specifically in the shoulders that I had never felt, our hands were constantly ripped and aching, and our mental strength was tested over and over and over.

There were days that I didn’t want to train, days I missed Matt so much I wanted to sit around and cry, days I was so sore I didn’t want to put on a fake smile and go into work and lead Marines, days I thought I just wasn’t good enough, but I found strength along the way and I found it in God. I started doing morning devotionals and reading the Bible daily, I started committing to church on Sunday mornings and I started a Life Group. What I found was remarkable. I discovered a relationship with God and through accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior that there was salvation and grace through repenting. I feel like God was always around, always close to my heart, but for so long I wasn’t accepting  his love and my eyes were blind to the ways he was working in my life. He has changed my heart and my life is so full because I have accepted his love.

God showed me that I was capable of doing all things through him. He showed me that I am strong and meant to show others their strength. I am persistent in praying daily that God will continue to inspire me and use me for his intended purpose. God has placed people like Matt, Shane, Laura, Calvin and my teammates in my life to show me what I am capable of. Through their actions, their love, their commitment, drive and perseverance we have all accomplished this dream together. What I initially thought was going to be impossible has suddenly become reality. The dream of competing at the CrossFit Games is something that I have thought about every single day for seven years.

Competing at the California Regionals was a blast. We finally got to display our hard work and have fun competing as a team. There were several moments of doubt, not in my team but in myself. My good friend Laura once told me that insecurities and doubt do not come from the Lord. So throughout the weekend in times of doubt I shifted my focus to having a conversation with him, to my devotionals which spoke so perfectly to me each day, to Matt who supported and comforted me and to the people around me displaying love and support. I most doubted my abilities on the last event of the final day, the legless rope climbs. A skill that is extremely physically challenging and not particularly one of my strengths. I wanted to back down, I wanted my other teammates to take the burden, but I knew in order to grow I had to step up, accept this trial and overcome it with him. As I stepped on the floor I felt calm, I knew God had a plan and that he was with me. When I completed the event, I ran into my teammates arms and was immediately overwhelmed with love, happiness, and a feeling of success.image

Below are some unforgettable moments from Regionals!

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Cheering on our team to the finish of event one. This event included a lot of gymnastics and started with each person doing 30 strict handstand push ups and 20 bar muscles, an event I would not have been able to successfully complete 6 months ago! Lauren and Daniel were the anchors and finished the event strong.
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My favorite part of this event was watching my teammate Lauren completely fill with joy and excitement on each successful lift. Her eyes lit up and her passion inspired me to finish the snatch ladder with 10 seconds on the clock. This picture is me ensuring a good rep with my judge. I loved looking into the stands and seeing Matt screaming and cheering me on!
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Spending time with our RomWod Sponsors and sharing our stories with them. Their selfless actions and handwork all weekend were inspiring and made me feel grateful to have such amazing people in our lives. My favorite part about this moment was when Ryan asked me a question and I brought up my spiritual journey and relationship with God, his face lit up and that made me happy!
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Spending down time with my teammate Lauren just enjoying the ability to share moments like these together! We spent a lot of time together staying in Redlands every weekend and getting to know one another and she inspires me so much.
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Taking 2nd Place in this event!!! LG and Nellie stepped up big time and CRUSHED this workout! Our teamwork and unit cohesion is the reason we won this event. We communicated the whole time and pushed to our limits for one another.
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Running out with my teammate Calvin to complete partner deadlifts and burpees. I was excited about this event and went out ready to attack it with everything we had.I told Calvin right before, “I’m ready to black out!!”
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Putting my conjugate skills to work! haha! Deadlifting is my favorite lift and Calvin and I absolutely crushed this workout. I’ll never forget it. 
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Running through the finish line into the arms of our teammates.
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Attacking this weakness head on and not backing down.
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This picture captures the excitement of our team and knowing we got the job done!
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Dave Castro gave the Marines from our unit over $2,500 worth of tickets. Having them there watching us compete was a dream come true. Being a Marine and an athlete is a privilege and something I will never take for granted. The Marines made him a plaque and here we are presenting it to him.
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The feeling of a dream come true with the love of my life! This was the best moment of the weekend for me. Having him physically there after 6 months apart, we felt so grateful to be together and to accomplish this goal!
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Being a role model for the future generation is so important to me! Having Andy and Elizabeth’s daughters there to witness this was an honor and I love being able to set a good example for them.

 

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Having amazing friends there to support us with some pretty sweet shirts!
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Heading to the podium!

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9-10

Live Your Legend

“For after years of living in a cage, a lion no longer even believes it is a lion . . . and a man no longer believes he is a man.”
― John Eldredge

If you could paint your own picture of success, what would that look like? Is the emphasis on the car you drive, the house you live in,  the amount of money in your bank account? Or is the emphasis on the things that set your soul on fire? The things that get you out of bed in the morning and make your heart race at the very thought of doing those things?

Why are so many people doing jobs that they hate? How can you stop doing what you hate and start doing what you love?

  1. Become a self expert.
    • No one knows you better than you do!
    • Discover your unique strengths….and USE THEM!
    • Establish your values;  what is your soul made of?
    • Experiences: nothing replaces these. Use your past to establish growth, use the things you loved, the things you hated, and the things that challenged you to your benefit. Reflect on what went wrong and what went right.
    • Find what INSPIRES you. What traits and characteristics that others obtain inspire you to be the best version of you? Figure it out and put those people in your life. Put PASSIONATE people in your life, these people will change your path.
    • Environment is everything, you control it.  Are you encouraging complacency?
  2. Take time to figure out what actually matters to you.
    • What makes you feel alive?! Whatever it is, you should be feeling alive and living to the fullest every single day.
    • Make an impact with it. Use your unique strengths to make others around you better in order to leave the world a better place.
  3. Do the impossible.
    • The only person that controls your limits, is you, push past them.
    • Get rid of the people in your life that constantly bring negative energy, those who constantly complain, and people who tell you that your dreams are not realistic.
    • Build your confidence in your unique strengths, for it will carry over into attacking your weaknesses and build you.
    • Prove people wrong.

Take the risks in life of doing the things that make you question, “how could I possibly do this?” Ordinary people are more than capable of doing extraordinary things, you are capable of so much more!

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win.”  Mahatma Gandhi

These thoughts were inspired by Scott Dinsmore’s TED talk and “Live your Legend” movement.