California here we come!…well, here we are.
The Kepler clan and CrossFit Central team has landed in the Mecca of CrossFit culture and I am more stoked than ever for the week of festivities ahead: cheering on the double-C’s, catching up and reuniting with friends from all over the world, hitting up the beach, making new memories, and, of course, remembering the old.
It is crazy to think how much this event—the CrossFit Games—has grown and changed over the past 8 years.
From being able to sign up, show up and throw down on a ranch in Aromas, Calif., to now, thousands flooding the Stub Hub stadium in Carson, and tuning into live coverage on ESPN, to watch the top men, women and teams compete for the title of the “Fittest in the World” is nuts!
Each and every year, my heart is filled with pride and joy for this community and this sport.
Like all the other “Kool Aid” drinkers out there, it’s changed my life in more ways than one.
Quite honestly, it’s hard to imagine what I would be doing in my life now without this amazing community and all-around lifestyle.
It’s been an honor to have played a small role in seeing the CrossFit movement reach the level it has today—not only as a CrossFit athlete over the past 9 years and the 2009 “3rd Fittest Woman in the World” at the Games, but as a coach and a co-owner of one of the first top-50 affiliates in the country.
Coming out to the Games every year reminds me of that—my mission and purpose to build a fit community and inspire others to the greatness to which CrossFit has inspired me.
Whether you are a CrossFit lover or hater, there is no denying that, when something moves you to be a better version of yourself and live out your calling to your fullest capacity, it is a good thing.
Regardless of who is standing on the podium at the end of this weekend, there is one thing that rings true at the CrossFit Games: Passion.
The city of Carson is FULL with passion and passionate people who have discovered so much more than just a fitness program, fun or lean muscle mass…they’ve discovered something that drives them to believe that:
- The impossible is possible
- Never to settle (in a workout, in life, career, relationships, etc.)
- Hard work pays off
- And, there is strength in numbers (community)
Raise your water bottle to the 2014 CrossFit Games…and let the Games begin!
I’ll keep you posted on the experience.