I've been bombarded with the unimportant lately. You know those things- "someone said something mean about me" "someone wronged me" and my favorite "you're doing it wrong".
The truth is, we can only control ourselves and a very little around us. The rest creeps in carrying a banner that says "I'm important and I demand your attention" but it's false advertising.
What I needed was someone to stand up and say "Laurie, ignore it all." Focus on whats truly important.
Whats truly important right now is Strongman. RCF's Strongest Man and Woman NINE is in just under 2 weeks.
Fundraising and sponsorships and silent auctions are underway. What's important is that I thank the people who are on board with us.
Registrations are rolling in but more slowly than I'd like. What's important is that I reach out to the people who are on the fence about competing and get them as excited about this as we are.
There's so much going on in people lives that many don't know about Fragile X or Casey or FRAXA or that this is a fundraiser. What's important is that my message needs to be loud, clear, and widespread.
There are people that can only be reached by mail as they are not local, they don't check the website, but they support us none the less. What's important is that I get out a pen and paper and reach out to them.
There are a lot of details that make this such a great event. What's important is that I focus on the details that result in everyone walking away saying "THAT was such a fun day.
I guess I have my Labor day to-do list all laid out. I hope you can focus on what's important to you.
Now that your new Nano's are here, I want to show you another way to lace them. Nano's are wide, especially through the toes and if you're anything like me, you've come to love the extra wiggle room. With that extra room though, comes the feeling that your foot slides around in there.
What if I told you a different way to lace them would help "lock" your heel and and make them feel a little more secure on your foot?
Here we go-- just follow these steps.
Here's how your shoe is usually laced, either through the top or second to the top hole.
Unthread the laces from just the top-most hole.
Thread the lace back through the upper hole ON THE SAME SIDE it came out of, creating a little loop.
Thread the end of the lace from the opposite side through the little loop you just made.
To toghten, pull the ends of the laces straight out to the side. Once you tie your bow, it will look like this and your heel will be much less likely to slide around in your shoe!
I made the mistake of reading this waste of words this morning. Disappointing since it's from a place usually so spot on with it's insights and interpretations of #theaffiliatelife. (Yeah, that's mine)
They're probably right about an affiliate or two, but the vast majority of affiliates around today long for the good ol' days for completely different reasons.
Now not many affiliates were around in 2007 so they probably think they're safe broadcasting their assumptions because very few of us can call them on it. But in 2007 we were a 3 year old affiliate and we were starting to figure this whole thing out.
Here's what we truly miss about those "good ol' days."
We knew everybody. EVERYBODY. And we'd probably had a beer or two with them. And out of that relationship grew a certain respect. Notice I didn't just type " We liked everybody" because that would be a lie. But we had a certain respect for everyone else who was trying to make a go at this little known CrossFit thing.
We spawned our first affiliate in 2008. Those new owners searched far and wide for a location that was away from everyone else, served a population that wasn't already covered, and entered this arena with a goal of helping people fulfill their athletic goals.
Since they didn't open within a stones throw of us or any other existing affilite, the CrossFit community rallied behind them. People from all the surrounding affiliates helped them paint, loaned them equipment, attended their events, invited them to functions, and to this day still call them friends.
We raised our gym kids and sent them off into the world with a robust toolbox to bolster their success.
They didn't turn around and bite us in the ass. They entered the world with the intention of impacting lives.
CrossFit was about impacting lives. It wasn't about money.
The article talks about a few examples of how running an affiliate is different today- branding and t-shirts and SEO. There's a lot more options for the 2014 affiliate - sure. Online workout tracking, more member management software, certainly more equipment dealers.
But all the bells and whistles don't change the most basic tenet of a CrossFit affilite. We're a people business. Otherwise we'd be a space with weights in it.
If someone thinks new affiliates are better poised for success because of all the newfangled **sh!t** available to affiliates now, they're sorely mistaken.
It's about the people. And if the new owner is an asshole, they'll be lonely and shortly they'll be out of business. All the bells and whistles won't help them.
I can guarantee what the old affiliates long for is the day we were surrounded by people who understood COMMUNITY.
I've run out. The website is in the beggining stages of a serious renovation. I have run out of time, pictures, desire, and topics to continue a blog post daily.
When inspired, I'll post something.
When you need to be informed, I'llpost something.
When I feel like it, I'll post something.
It won't be everyday anymore.
TIME! That's it. I've done it. Over 2700 daily posts and I'm taking a rest day. I've got some other, more pressing issues right now.
Like The Oregon Games in Bend this weekend (yahhoooeeeyyy!!!) and our Instagram contest. (rules)
Follow us on Instagram. Post pictures this week of what you thing "stamina" looks like. Winner gets a custom RCF shaker bottle. You have to use ALL of the following 3 tgas: #rainiercrossfit #rcf10 #stamina
We're smack dab in the middle of Strongman planning and can absolutely use your help in getting silent auction items donated. Talk to Laurie if you have an item to donate or know of a person or business who would be interested.
There WILL NOT BE Strongman training this wednesday.
RCF will be CLOSED on Saturday as we're hosting a CrossFit Strongman trainer seminar.
Many of us will travel to the Oregon Summer Games which are happening in Bend this weekend. It's kind of a long drive to cheer on our competitors but if you do make the trek, it's a great contest and a fun weekend. If you don't, be sure to wish our competitors good luck before they leave.
Next week marks the last week of August, the end of summer, and a school year right around the corner. Can you believe it?
Most obviously, he said, the results remind us that the longer we stick with an exercise program, the less physically discomfiting it will feel, even if we increase our efforts, as did the cyclists here. The brain begins to accept that we are tougher than it had thought, and it allows us to continue longer although the pain itself has not lessened.