CFVP has some sad days ahead. Courtney has accepted a new job in Austin, Texas. She will be moving sometime in September. She has become a big part of our family and one heck of an athlete. She qualified for our 2009 Affiliate Team. Fortunately we still have some much valued time with her. Orie Shafer has accepted a teaching position in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While this is a great opportunity for him, we will miss him greatly. He has been a big part of developing CrossFit Valley Park. He is also due to relocate in September.
Our Athlete of the Month is Claire Thurmond. Many of you may not know Claire. She was our Biggest Winner co-winner. She trains on her own but you may catch her occasionally jumping into a class. Her story continues to be a huge inspiration. Her progress since the Biggest Winner competition has only accelerated. This is someone who had never had experience in the gym. She used to be scared, intimidated, and unwilling to exercise. Still, she is willing to go through workouts alone. I will have her tell the story so keep a look out on our "Athlete of the Month" page. Everyone needs to read this. Great job Claire!!!
They are testing for steroid use at the 2009 CrossFit Games. This has stirred quite a debate. The Games are now offering cash prizes. It seems things always change once money is involved. Many CrossFitters came from a bodybuilding or athletic background. The sports world is plagued with chemicals to enhance performance and physiology. Athletes follow advice of coaches. Kids learn from our so called "heroes" of the game. Competition in sport is tighter than ever. Even average Joe's can get a precription from their doctor for "hormone therapy." Where do we draw the line? Isn't caffeine a stimulant used to enhance performance? What about the millions of supplements flying off the shelves at your local GNC? I have developed a dislike for professional sports. It's all about money and I fail to see inspiration from it. CrossFit is a sport. I hope it can maintain it's integrity. My vote is to keep money out of it and keep it clean!! Focus on what makes it great.