This morning someone came up to me and offered to take me out to lunch to celebrate. I had no idea what they were talking about. They said it was for my big milestone as if I should know what that means. I started wracking my brain trying to figure out what major event I missed. It wouldn’t be the first time. In fact one day we should talk about Anne’s birthday, and my wedding but that is for another time.
Finally, I gave up and asked what exactly we were going to be celebrating. It turns out that 8 years in business is what. Xplore CrossFit started September 10, 2007. How did I miss it? Where has the time gone? Why isn’t it any easier? So many questions, but the one that kept bugging me was how I managed to forget. It is sort of a big deal right?
I know I talk and write about the importance of rest, reflection, and gratitude, and I am failing epically at all three right now. When I sit down to dinner with my children we always talk about what we are grateful for. Sam is always grateful for whatever food is in front of her at that moment. Charlie is grateful for the food as well, but also for something pink, whatever the last toy she played with, and her brown grandma. That’s right kids. My mother is known as brown grandma. And Erin’s mom is wait for it…PINK GRANDMA! How much fun is that?! Anyhow over the past few months there has been so much going on with both gyms and the Cascade Classic that I have failed to find time to rest, reflect, or express the full measure of my gratitude.
I am grateful. I am grateful for the job I was offered at Pure Fitness in September of 2006. It is where I met Jack Cantwell who introduced me to CrossFit before it was cool. I met Erin there. It is also where I met Alex Cardenas who gave me the first money to start my affiliate. I am grateful for Trevor Downs who was the first official member of XCF. I am grateful for Chris Francovich who opened doors at Columbia Bank and Tim Warzecha who formed our LLC in trade. I met Dave Stalsbroten, and Chris Irvine, and Kim Franco who pushed me forward as a trainer more than I could have hoped. I am grateful for the crappy third floor dungeon that we trained in for almost 4 years until we found our current home. I am grateful for the Boss who taught me how to use more tools than I knew existed so we could build stuff ourselves and manage our own build outs on our gyms. I am grateful for Scott Driver who found our new downtown space after 3 years and lots of failed weight drop tests in other buildings. My parents can’t be thanked enough for money, and energy, and patience, and grace. After graduate school when I decided my MBA wasn’t really where I wanted to put my energy and I decided to become a personal trainer my father asked me almost on a daily basis for 2 years if I was ready to get a real job and then when we signed our first lease was the first to say how proud he was that I gutted it out and they put up an absurd amount of money to make it happen. And it looks like they are finally going to get paid back in full in about 6 months. I am grateful for Charlie. Just the fact that there was another mouth to feed and future braces, and dance classes and college lit a fire under me. Erin got the short end of the stick most of the time and through lots of bull shit never stopped thinking I would make it. I am grateful for every person who walked through the door and loved this place as much as I do and for the ones who didn’t and let me know it because I can be an asshole sometimes and it is ok to let me know. I am grateful the incredibly talented folks who have counseled me along the way. A bigger gym. A second gym. A popular event. Gym design. 8 years is a long time and it isn’t. In the Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin she says “the days are long but the years are short.” So much wisdom there. It has felt like forever and it has felt like the time has flown by. I am grateful for the relative nature of time. It took me a long time to just suck less and hopefully over the next 8 years I can actually get good.
Gratitude. Check. Much more to be grateful for, but that is a good start. Today is good day for reflection, but it isn’t time to rest yet.
Like my man CI says “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” There is a chance that isn’t a CI original. Frost may have said it around the same time.
Like most CF gyms we made a lot more noise and mess than friends when it came to landlords so we bounced around a bit.
Location One (the landing, and Trevor)
Location Two(the “big” corner of the gym, Matt Stroh is the longest tenured member of XCF)
Location Three (the third floor dungeon, with the hardest stair climb in the world)
Location Four(our Western Ave digs pre-buildout, and Scott)