This past weekend was an unbelievable experience.  Prior to the competition I felt like I was doing all of the right things and training as hard and as intelligently as I could.  After being subjected to some of the most grueling workouts I have ever done, I realize now that there is still so much work to be done, and I am thankful for that.  Competing is a nerve racking experience, but more than anything it is humbling and rewarding, and it makes me want to better myself as a coach and as an athlete.

There are so many people to thank for this past weekend.  Thank you to everyone who sent me well wishes via email, text messages, Facebook and on the 908 site.  Getting a constant flow of positive messages was so motivating even when I felt defeated.

Thank you to all of the people (908ers and friends) who gave up their holiday weekend and traveled 4+ hours to watch me and all of the other Northeast Regional Athletes exercise like maniacs!  908 nearly had the biggest cheering section, if not the biggest, and we were definitely the loudest.  To go out onto the competition field and see all of those bright blue and yellow shirts cheering for me, carrying “Fear the beard” signs, and helping push me through the workouts was an overwhelming feeling.  I don’t compete to be popular, but you guys made me feel like a celebrity this weekend, and that was a phenomenal feeling!  There were several moments of weakness for me this weekend, like when I wanted to quit a workout (#4!) and crawl into a hole, but knowing that I had so many people there supporting me, I pushed through, and I am so happy I didn’t give up!  I don’t think I would have made it in the top 20 if it weren’t for all of you guys!

Thank you to Heather H. for organizing all our team dinners and taking on a big portion of the organizational burden of trying to get 40+ people to do the same thing!

Thank you to Jason Schroeder and Brazen Athletics for being our neighbors in Canton and adding to the 908 support staff!  You guys are awesome, and it should be known that Brazen and 908 are friends.  Brazeners can drop in to any 908 class and should feel at home.  Jason and I will be training together over the next year, in anticipation of making some serious improvements in the next year.

A very special thank you to my wife, Erin, for doing everything from organizing the trip, to ordering shirts, to handling all of the B.S. that nobody else wants to do, cheering me on and cheering me up, sacrificing your weekend, wants, needs and time for me.  You were a coach, friend, wife, therapist, both physical and mental, and a rock for me this past weekend.   In fact, you are always all of those things, but sometimes it takes a crazy weekend like this for me to sit back and realize how good I have it.  Thank you for everything!

I am excited to get back to 908 and see all my people.  I hope I did you all proud this weekend.  I have some good ideas for workouts this week…..:)

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