Some members are aware of the issues I’ve had with my arm. It’s been a long bumpy road that I have been on for years. The pain, meds, and disappointment had me pretty banged up. A new-to-me doctor assured me that he could fix my arm, but there was more than the arm that was damaged. My self-confidence took a big hit too. I had a lot of work to do.
An element of my comeback plan was remembering what I was capable of. Many years ago, I was a young buck-Sergeant with competence and confidence to spare. I wanted to be reminded of that constantly. That’s what the tattoos are mostly about. I also needed to associate with people who would help me get back on my feet. The people one associates with will either lift them up or drag them down. That is a given. I knew CrossFit athletes are exceptionally tough; mentally and physically. I figured trying to keep up would go a long way to getting me back on my feet.
Last summer I signed on. It didn’t take long for weaknesses in my arm to indicate more work needed to be done. I did that over the past winter. So, from last summer to recently, I’ve been half-stepping, somewhat fragile in body and mind. But doing the cleans that we’ve been doing, without my arm falling off, has me thinking I’ll get everything back. And a little muscle under those tattoos goes a long way to restoring my self-confidence.
I would not have recovered so well without the coaches and members here at Crossfit Wilmington. It is my obligation, and pleasure to thank you.
Thomas was right there for me as I struggled with inability and then rehab. For months, I showed up in the weight area, and did little. Never a hint of anything negative from him. He supported me in whatever I wanted to do. When Thomas left for school, Josh took over looking out for me. He is so good with people. Just today, he had me doing a snatch after I told him I couldn’t. Cody and Greg have been terrific, giving me a little push or a little room, whatever I needed that day. I am deeply indebted to all you guys.
To each member who greeted me, encouraged me, and told me to have a good day, thank you. I know that I am not the best fit for you young people. But you’ve been good for me. Every time you showed me friendship and respect, you picked me up. Everyday that I workout, talk with you a bit, then sit exhausted in my chair, I tell my wife how good my life is now. You helped me get to this good place.
My wife and I are grateful.