CrossFit DC has always been a sum total of its parts – a membership, a community, a family. Which makes it that much harder when we have to say goodbye to one of our own. Adri S. came to CFDC in the waning days of our time at the old Kalorama space. After watching her become an eager and active part of CFDC, both as a competitor and coach, we regretfully now have to let her go so that she can begin the next part of her journey in Cleveland, Ohio, for a fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. The gym won’t be the same – less hair, less toe pointing, and a lot less pull-up envy – but before she departed DC, she left one last message to us all, a reminder that she’ll always be part of this family.
“I’m not sure how to say thank you to the entire CrossFit DC community. But maybe I can start at the beginning. My very first impression of CFDC, when I joined in the summer of 2012, involved seated box jumps (something I still despise to this day) and getting made fun of by a complete stranger. Thanks, Chris. But by the time we came together for our inaugural workout at 14th Street, I knew I had found my home away from home. Opening a space of our own was a long time coming, and I’m so proud of Tom and Chris for all their hard work.
If it weren’t for CFDC, I never would have learned proper technique for anything involving a barbell. Or become a CrossFit coach. Or survived graduate school. The CrossFit DC community is unmatched, and I’m so honored to have become a part of this family over the past few years – from the constant hilarity that occurs during class, to epic holiday workouts, to the Open, and being a part of the team that represented CFDC at Regionals.
I’m not sure how to express how much everyone means to me. But I know I’ll never forget all the wonderful things our members have said and done for me. It’s been such a joy to watch people grow and challenge themselves, both inside the gym and out, and realize how much I have grown, too, as an athlete and as a person, from my time with CFDC.”