Good Afternoon CFTP,Friday night was awesome! The awesome part being, hanging out with you all, not so much the WOD. I love the open and I loved watching you all give it your all. That WOD is/was nasty and I am so impressed with the scores so far.We still have one more day to submit a score. If you have completed it and have yet to submit your score, stop reading this now and go and submit it. You only have until 6 PM Monday night to submit. Do not wait till the end because I always have a few people every year that say they will submit it later and then totally forget. You suffered through 17.1 so get credit for that suffering.If you are looking for a redo or looking to complete it for the first time tomorrow... then please come in and do so. Be sure to find a partner or someone at the gym to score you as the rest of the class will be completing Monday's regular WOD.One more announcement with the open. We have 125 signed up so far! If you haven't signed up but want to, then be sure to do it before 6 PM tomorrow and enter your score the same time. Of those 125 I believe we have about 112 who are signed up on the team. So 13 of you have not done this. Everyone, please make sure you check. I don't know who hasn't and who has...I want to leave you with some words of wisdom I attained on Friday night.#1 That WOD sucked. Yes it sucked but not one of you gave up. This is why I love The Open. You all pushed through it and pushed it all the way to the end. This was a heck of a way for Dave Castro to start the season.
#2 The pain cave is real. As many of you could see from my photos and this one... Which is one of my favorites:
#3 We are surrounded by the most supportive friends around. Going through this alone would be torture but going through it with all of you is magical. No matter what Dave Castro throws at us or how I perform I know that I have you in my corner to cheer me on.
#4 Don't let The Open get the best of you. Anyone who was there Friday night knows how disappointed I was in my performance. For me, the wheels fell off and I had one of my worst personal performances in The Open to date. With that being said, it's not going to get me down. All we can do is our best. I know it sounds corny but it's true. Hate to break this to you but there's always going to be someone, or in my case thousands and thousands of people, who beats you. The best thing you can do is brush yourself off and don't let your thoughts beat you down. We still have 4 more weeks and then after The Open we have other challenges throughout the year. Enjoy your experience! Learn from it but above all else have fun with this! We are working out and hanging out with some of the best people I have ever met. We are pushing each other in a positive and uplifting way. This experience is one we will take with us for a long time to come. You don't want to look back and realize that you missed out on all the fun because you were to busy comparing yourself to someone else or you were too busy self-doubting yourself.
I think 4 points is enough. If this is your first year of The Open, I hope that it has been awesome so far and that you are learning a little something about yourself. If this isn't your first time, I hope that this year beats all the previous years combined.
Keep up the good work everyone! Stay positive and cheer on your teammates. We are not against each other, we are a team.
Today's Spotlight goes to Trisha Villareal!
1. How long have you been at The Point?
Just a little over 3 years.
2. What do you do for a living?
I stay home and take care of my three girls. However, I love teaching and kids so its always been my dream to be an elementary teacher. I am currently working on that degree at UVU. On top of that though I work part time, throwing freight at Smith's a couple nights a week.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Lots of running and yoga. I thought I was fit when I walked into The Point, and to say the least, that first week rocked my world!
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
There have been so many fun personal accomplishments, but one I will always remember was the first time I rx'd. I scaled my movements for months, then we did "Adrian" and I was able to rx everything, it was the best feeling!
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Be patient with yourself and be consistent. Okay that's two pieces of advice, but both are so important! If you are willing to put in the time you will see that you can achieve more than you ever thought you could. I've come to realize that we eat an elephant one piece at a time. What does that have to do with CrossFit you ask?! More than you know. Most of us will only pr 5#'s at a time on our lifts, or improve by a few reps on our pull-ups, but it's those little gains that really add up! So be patient and consistent with yourself and celebrate the small victories cause they are the stepping stones that will get you where you wanna be.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit? The assault bike for sure! ;P There are too many to name! haha I love oly lifting but a lot of my favorite movements are on the bar... t2b, c2b, pull-ups.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
Fran, short and sweet!
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
*Backsquat 335# like Leslie Faragher
*String RMU like Emily Adamson
*DL 320# like Lindsey Winn
*OHS 195# like Joann McArthur
*Do WB like Krishelle Butterfield
*Have an engine like Marianne Sharp, Amy Giz and Lisa Moore.
I love working out with you ladies! These are only a few of the many ladies at the gym that inspire me and push me to work harder. My list of goals is never ending with CrossFit, so while I'm not quite sure about the specifics I am certain there are plenty of great coaches and athletes around that can get me where I want to be.
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
Lol! I didn't even know what CrossFit was! I thought it was some type of boot camp, I quickly fell in love with it though! CrossFit is the perfect combination in my opinion... cardio, weights, a trainer, and a group of people that encourage you to try your best.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
A friend of mine gave me a gift certificate for my birthday, I was so nervous to walk into a community of people that all knew each other. On top of that I had never touched a barbell prior to crossfit, so needless to say, I was so disoriented when I first started. "What is a wod?", "What's that movement called again and how do you do it?!" Then I was introduced to my first Open in 2014. Following that I did my first competition "Wodsomniac". Those and every other competition I have done have been building blocks to help me improve at Crossfit. I love this sport because it has challenged me mentally and physically on so many different levels and has given me the opportunity to rub shoulders with some pretty amazing people.
Coaches thoughts:Coach Dan: Trisha has been so much fun to watch. When Trisha puts her mind to something you know she is going to accomplish it. She has no quit. She works hard inside and outside of the gym. She inspires me to be a better athlete but more than anything she inspires me to strive to be a better person. She is a great example to her daughters about hard work and consistency. Love having Trisha at The Point!
Coach Jeremy (Charms): "Trisha is an awesome blend of desire to learn and horsepower. She's got an unstoppable drive and is fun to coach because she takes your feedback and runs with it."
Coach Emily: "Trisha is an amazing example to me of pure work ethic. I love the determination she has to be better, and the results show all of her hard work! I love how she picks out a weakness and tackles it head on until it is a strength. I've seen her grow into an amazing athlete over the past few years. I can't wait to see what she accomplishes in the Open!"
Coach Amber: "She is committed, always willing to help and every single rep matters. Everything Trisha does in life she gives 100%. She is so strong and amazing, she has earned every bit!"
Coach Mandy: "Trisha is an amazing woman, friend, athlete, mom, competitor, Olympic lifter, power lifter, is an amazing example to me, she is determined and I have had the pleasure to complete with her a few times! She has taught me a lot about how I should be as a competitor and athlete! She is a great example to me! She will definitely be one to watch out for when it comes to the Open! I have seen her grow tremendously over the last couple years and it has been fun to watch!! She is a wonderful person inside and out!"
Coach Dave: "Trisha is relentless! Has killed my times and my scores in several different occasions. I enjoy WODs with her because she keeps such a high pace and intensity. She has really been focusing on form and it really has shown in her performance. She coined the phrase ,"looks like a good one!" and its occasionally uttered throughout the gym during Spicy WODs
Coach Leslie: "Trisha is so committed. She does everything she can to get to the gym wether that's sacrificing sleep because she worked a grave the night before or coming in late because she was volunteering at her kids school. She is determined and a great example of hard work and dedication in all she does! I love watching her compete and giving it her all every time!"
Coach JoAnn: "Trisha is possibly the hardest worker I know. She does it all. Family, church, school, work...I'm sure that list is longer. But she fits in CrossFit, and lifting, and she has progressed to being one of the strongest athletes in our box. So lucky to have her at CFTP! Can't wait to see what she does in The Open!"