One Year A year ago tonight we were wrapping up at The Swamp after working tirelessly for weeks (months really, but the last few weeks were insane!) to prepare for our doors opening. I was excited but really nervous. This was our first business venture and a dream that I couldn't believe I was living. A CrossFit in my hometown...are you serious? I had thought about SO much leading up this. Dreaming constantly. Incessant thought about details small and large. So much construction, so many unexpected twists, and just a few bumps in the road. Was this the right move? Who would come to The Swamp? Would this be successful? What if it doesn't work out? Am I ever going to be able to quit my other job? Were we crazy? And then I'd always just say, "It's all going to work out." One of my favorite movies is Field of Dreams and in my head, I kept telling myself, "If you build it, they will come." Build what? What was I trying to build? Who exactly is going to come? When will they come? I kept coming back to the simple idea that I wanted to build "something people will always remember."As morbid as it sounds, I want my tombstone to describe a man that built something amazing, that positively impacted peoples' lives on a daily basis. Who knows if we'd be able to do that, but we were ready to give it our best shot. One year into this, we are beyond thrilled with where we are at. But it's only one year....this is a 20+ year plan. One year is nothing. But it sure has been something, right?
In order to do be successful, you can't do it alone. You need the right people around you, and going into this I had the two best people by my side that I ever could have asked for....Jenna and Paddy. We care about everybody....someone is everyone, and everyone is someone. We question everything. Constantly asking "Why?" We don't just do things for the sake of doing them. Everything has meaning behind it. We aren't afraid to change direction if something doesn't feel right or isn't working. We do not settle for anything less than excellence, and we hold ourselves accountable on a daily basis. I saw this throughout the process of getting ready to open, and that's why I knew this was going to work out...that's why I was always able to close my eyes at night and fall asleep.
Thank you to this community. The reality is that a year ago I didn't know 90% of you folks, and now I can't wait for you to walk through our doors every day. You have been courageous, hard-working, resilient, accountable, honest, professional, and most importantly....supportive. You have been supportive of each other, and you have been supportive of The Swamp. You go out of your way sometimes to do the right thing, which makes us so proud. You are people that we trust, and you are people that you trust....all around you. We are all in this together. The Swamp would not be where it is without each and every one of you. Be proud of the effort that you put in every day to be excellent. It matters. People are watching...and you are making them want to be excellent. Don't give in. Keep sticking together on a daily basis, encouraging your peers, setting the bar higher for others to reach for, and be humble in the process. Because at the end of the day, it's just a bunch of people exercising, having fun, and striving to look better naked. Thank you for being who you are. You are allowing me to be who I want to be on a daily basis and I literally cannot thank you enough for that.
- Thank you Fred...you've been supportive from the minute we told you about this and you've helped us out so much. You are a true professional and we love that you are part of this coaching staff. It always feels better when you are around. Thanks brother. - Thank you Anne....we first met on a dark, drunken beach in Marblehead last summer when I had a tiki torch thrown off my chest, but it's been nothing but rainbows and unicorns since then. I knew you would be good coach, and the only surprise is that you've gotten there faster than I had ever anticipated. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to get to where you are. Really, really looking forward to the future with you in it. - Thank you Nambro....you invested in The Swamp. You are the only one. The only Lifetime Member at The Swamp. That says a lot. And seems fitting. You are such a good dude, so easy to be around, and I am so grateful to have crossed paths with you. I always know I can bounce ideas off of you. I trust you. I know you are always there for us. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for taking a chance. Thank you for being a great friend. - Thank you RedLine....Matt, Karen, Ryan....if Saturday is any indication, we have some fun stuff ahead of us. You guys have brought so much life to The Swamp. I can't thank you enough. We are a great team. There's no time for egos. Let's let each other run wild and make some noise in the process. It's been so fun being around you guys. Keep up the great work. The Swamp is RedLine.
Thank you EVERYONE. We are SO grateful...know that. And finally, again, I want to give a special thanks to the love of my life Jenna, my son Jax for getting me through so many long days knowing I would see his face at home, and my right arm Paddy...I love you guys.
- Mike D
Year 2 starts now...
"Three Times a Lady" AMRAP 3: Power Snatches (135/95), 20 Double Unders Rest 3:00
AMRAP 4: 4 Power Snatches (115/80), 20 Double Unders Rest 4:00
AMRAP 5: 5 Power Snatches (95/65), 20 Double Unders