So... I started writing this blog post as soon as we got home from PipeHitters. I had a really super amazing first paragraph... and then we were in the middle of moving, soccer starting. expanding at the gym, picking my nose... you get it. When I came back and read what I had written, I realized that I had tried to make things too complicated. All that I needed to say was that this competition, and these people, are Badass, with a Big, Huge, Capital B.
See, sometimes I get all emotional (still no hugging though. seriously. back off.) and I start writing and banging away on the keyboard and all this "stuff" comes out. I've always been better at expressing myself through my writing. It isn't as sloppy... usually.. I have my moments. Emotions and feelings are sloppy. I'm not very good at them. But the combination of adrenaline, fatigue and being hangry can make a person feel things. Serious things.
I question my abilities as a coach frequently. I'm probably not supposed to tell you that, but whatevs. Then there are moments, usually when I'm doubting myself and my abilities the most, that someone says just the right thing at the right time.
In this instance it was my good friend Zach (the kickass dude that puts on this comp every year) who said the right thing.
To say that I am proud of what we have built, of the people who come with me to this event each year, of ALL of the athletes that walk through our doors and give their very best each and every time, well... that would be an understatement. And to say that this comment, from a friend and peer didn't mean anything, well that just wouldn't be true.
I love the feeling of competing. It teaches me things I didn't know about myself. It highlights my strengths and weaknesses, and it allows me to hang out with some of the best people this world has to offer. The hardest workers, the best support and the best friends anyone could ask for. I love pushing myself and seeing what I'm made of. I love re-discovering that, when things get difficult, I don't jump ship and give up. I put my nose down, work harder and keep moving forward. And so do all of the people that I choose to surround myself with.
I couldn't ask for better humans to be such a huge part of my life.
To Zach, Roo and Leigh, thank you for putting on a stellar competition every year. Everyone from the first-timer to the Warhorse loves coming and throwing down. And every year we bring more! We can't wait for next year!