Well, I don’t think it has completely hit me yet, but CrossFit Milford is going to the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games held in Carson, CA and televised live on ESPN. So many little steps have happened over the past four years for me to be able to say that I have accomplished my goal of going to the CrossFit Games.
First of all, I would like to thank my family. My mom, dad, brother and his fiańce have believed in me since I was training for my first regional back in 2013. Thank you for being a constant outlet of support, even when that means getting the short end of the stick on holidays, birthdays, and family gatherings. Thank you for letting me show up late, leave early or completely skip out on occasions with no questions asked and complete understanding when I have to be in the gym. Thank you.
Second, thank you to the CrossFit Center City staff and family that have supported me when I told them about my crazy dream at the end of the 2014 CrossFit Games season, to travel and train with CrossFit Milford for the 2015 CrossFit Games season. You guys have been there since the end of 2013 when I was just a kid with a dream and a torn shoulder. You guys have cared for me relentlessly and given me the utmost support. Whether it was long conversations, dinners, or helping me pay for continuing education, you have been there non-stop. You guys will always be a home for me. Thank you.
Jason Leydon, wow. Unreal. Jason, thank you for pushing me to make “the hard choice”. Thank you for pushing me to the best version of myself I could possibly be. Thank you for convincing me that 3 hours in a car both ways, isn’t that far. Thank you for talking me into living with you and your family on weekends in Milford, and thank you Jocelyn Leydon for not killing him or me, so I can train with the team. Thank you for feeding me. Thank you for being my coach, mentor and best friend. Thank you.
Thank you to my teammates: Ryan Kononchik, Brendan Marolda, Drew Accomando, Katie Steffens, Bailey Garrett, Liz Warren and Carolyn Proulx for being there every weekend. For taking me in and letting me sleep on your couches and extra bed’s when Jay was out of town. Thank you for believing in me and putting up with my absolute ridiculous behavior. Thank you for being a family. I’m proud to stand next you guys in any situation. Thank you.
Thank you Dr. Keith for mending us all weekend and being there whenever we needed you. Thank you for opening up your office on day’s you were off to see us and treat us. I don’t think there is a Physical Therapist out there with the amount of dedication to their practice that you have shown us. Rick Sutterlin and Central Connecticut Massage Therapy, thank you for working late nights and seeing us early mornings on the weekends. Thank you for working around our crazy schedules to see us for massage and body work. You are truly one of the best out there and I’m glad you are in our corner. Thank you.
The CrossFit Milford members, family and community. Thank you for being there all weekend and showing up in NUMBERS. Your presences didn’t go unnoticed and helped us push through some of the tougher times throughout the weekend. Your support is second to none and it shows. Thank you.
Lastly, thank you Wearsafe Labs for housing us for the weekend, Vitargo for fueling us, Rocktape for helping heal us, Redline Gear for clothing us and FitMark for the bags. Thank you.