As many of you know I have chosen to close a chapter in my book of life. As of 3-1-2017 I will be stepping down as owner of CFH, Paloma will be picking up where I left off.
I spent the past 2 days trying to choose the right words or tell the perfect story to explain my journey. I finally decided instead of making it perfect I would make it mine.
Crossfit Hanford has changed my life forever and I’m thankful, blessed and lucky to call you all my friends. I did not do this alone I just set the stage and amazing things happened. A troubled kid (at the time ) began coaching for me, he saw himself as a student of mine when little did he know I was the student learning from him, we watched and helped each other grow for the first three years, thank you Jared for what you did and what you continue to do. CFH brought together a father and a daughter that had been through very tough times together, we went from barely talking to working together daily for years to bring strangers together and build a community. Even when I didn’t want to hear the truth Kiersten was there to give it to me, thank you pumpkin I love you. Lastly CFH gave me the greatest gift of all and I didn’t see it coming much less possible, I remember the Saturday class she came to, where she stood and how she moved. I knew pretty early that there was something different about her but I didn’t believe that someday I would be calling her my wife. She knew that her imperfect self and imperfect me could become imperfectly perfect together. I’m not sure what she saw in me but I’m glad she saw it, we aren’t guaranteed a future but whatever future I’m given I’m blessed to have Christine as my beautiful, caring wife and partner to share it with. These three were not only my friends they are my family, I’m loyal to a fault and that’s a character flaw I’m willing to live with, your family only has to be perfect enough for you.
CFH has been successful beyond my wildest dreams. I don’t measure success in dollars, times, pounds or even members I measure success in friendships, relationships and people coming together to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. We want to not only exist but we want to leave a mark and hopefully that mark will be something we are proud of, something we will be fondly remembered for. When it’s all said and done nobody will care about your Fran time or how much you can snatch they will care about the life you lived and how you treated others. I know we are a close group and with that comes disagreements, disappointments and problems I hope as a group we can plow through these times and continue to come together, care and support each other, don’t trap yourself in a small group spread yourself out there for everyone. A big thanks to all of you for being you, I was not CFH you were not CFH we are CFH. We will all still get to smile and laugh together but I thank you for teaching me patience, trust and even tolerance. Thank you for trusting me with everything you.
As we move forward we are in very capable hands, Paloma has been on this journey with me since the beginning. We have had many successes together and a couple of speed bumps from which we have emerged stronger, happier and closer. Like me Paloma cannot do this alone she will need your support, cooperation and kindness. As we close one chapter and open a new one let’s not be the one that reads the pages let’s be the one that writes the pages.
I was not and never will be perfect but I tried to serve you with honesty, openness and trust. I hope I have given you the tools to become a better person not just a better athlete. Crossfit is something you do not who you are, together we can make a difference.
I could keep going but I’m going to leave it at that. You guys are awesome, now let’s go crush the Open
Your Coach , Your Friend