This morning I contemplated doing the Throwdown workout again, but instead decided to workout with the 9am class. I always love working out with the group, and I think my time for the Throwdown workout was good enough to keep me in the top 100, which is all I need to be able to do the event in January. The workout this morning was tough but fun. I like when I just get to work through one movement at a time and don’t have to come back to it!
Following this morning’s workout, I came home to change and headed to a funeral for a man whom I barely knew, but still felt a strong desire to be at his service. Many of you probably didn’t get a chance to meet Whit Riske. He joined CrossFit Costa Mesa about 3 months ago, and he wasn’t able to make it in as much as I think he would have liked. Throughout onboarding he was always very kind and eager to do the lifts correctly. I remember his “graduation day” very clearly. The workout was “Fight Gone Bad”, as always, and he told me that he wanted to do the workout prescribed… no substitutions. He said to me, “I want to have a true starting point, so that the next time I do this I will really be able to see how far I’ve come.” By the tone in his voice, I knew that that he wouldn’t take no for an answer, even though he probably should have subbed down in weight. His score was pretty bad, but he and I both were impressed that he made it through at 75# for his SDHP and push press.
Whit came in to the gym a few weeks ago around 2:45pm, thinking we had a 3pm class. He explained that he was busy and thought he could squeeze it in, but that it was ok, he’d just leave. I was there and had nothing else to do, so I told him I would coach him through the workout. He pushed through the workout with as much intensity as he could bring, and at the end of it was overly grateful that I let him do the workout. From every speech I heard at his service this morning, it was clear that he was just this kind of person who gave everything he did and all that he had. There were hundreds of people present whose lives he touched. There was laughing and tears. It was inspiring just to be there, and made me think a lot about life… how unpredictable it can be, and about living it to the fullest. It breaks my heart that such a good life was cut so short, that his unborn daughter will never meet her father. Life can be so unfair. I am thankful that I got to meet such an incredible person and only wish that I could have gotten to know him better.
“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of a human being.” -Anthony Robbins
I am fairly certain that we are going to do a special workout in the coming weeks to honor Whit and to raise support for his wife and the baby in their time of loss and need. I’m sure we’ll be posting details on the main blog, but I think supporting them as a community would be an awesome thing to do.