As I'm sure most of you have seen, my wife and I were on the Medical Staff team at CrossFit East Regionals this past weekend in Hartford Connecticut. It was nothing short of an amazing experience. I knew we would be in for a great weekend, but was in no way was prepared for what we encountered.
First off, this very large event, is run mostly by volunteers, over 300 of them. The coordination from the top kept everything moving. We were able to see all of the behind the scenes action and a system that worked almost perfectly in every way. The people involved in every area were just unreal. Everyone had a mission, everyone had a job, and they all wanted to get it done the right way, sort of sounds familiar , doesn't it.
We were on medical staff with doctors,physician assistants , nurses, medics and emergency medical technicians from both the United States and Canada. Ego's were checked at the door, we all briefed in the morning and went about our duties throughout the day. We were all surprised to learn that we would be on the barbell decon crew as well, however seeing the large amounts of "fluids" that were left on the bars, the job was just as important as our medical mission. Everyone on my team were just awesome to work with.
Another great part of the weekend was being so close to all of the amazing athletes. These folks aren't millionaires , they are just like you and me. They just compete at a much higher level in the fitness world and truly leave it all out there on the floor. Speaking of amazing athletes, one of 555 Fitness favorites was a competing. Britney Holmberg is a firefighter in Canada and qualified out of her region. This amazing woman left it all out there for sure, and had a good time doing it along the way.
On top of all of this, I was again shocked at how many people recognized me. I suppose being super short, having a decent amount of tats, a sort of MoHawk looking hair cut and taking a lot of selfies helps me to stand out in a crowd. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped to introduce themselves and talk for a bit. You guys all know that you are the ones that keep us moving here at 555 Fitness. Without you, this would not be nearly as successful as it's been.
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