It’s Not Goodbye, Just An Exciting Change
Written by Shane Farmer
This is perhaps the hardest blog article I’ve ever had to write, but it comes with some excitement as well.
On October 10th, I will be coaching my last day as a full-time coach at Invictus. Making this decision has been the hardest decision I’ve had to make in recent memory. I have grown with and around Invictus for 4 years. I’ve been mentored by some of the greatest coaches I’ve ever had the honor of knowing, and made some incredible friends and family in our members as well. You have all been the core of my world and I’m eternally grateful for all of you. I am going to be taking a leap of faith into ROW Studios (the gym I’ve opened in Houston) and I’ve realized that it’s unfair to the Invictus community with the amount of travel it’s going to require to stay on full time.
This change comes because of the opportunity to make ROW Studios into something that will change the tide of how rowing and fitness together are perceived by the world. As an owner, and having built ROW from the ground up, I looked at where I was in my life and knew that if I didn’t take the chance to dedicate myself to ROW Studios full time and see if it can be the success I dream it can be, I would regret it later down the road. Whether it succeeds or fails, I need to at least give it everything I have.
I have such fond connections with many of you, both domestically and abroad. From our European semi-permanent drop-ins to the committed 4:30 and 6:30 PM groups with whom I’ve had the pleasure of coaching consistently for a couple years now. All of you have inspired and driven me to be a better coach than I ever thought I could have been. You all helped me realize what is good about life and that I should be framing my existence around creating positive change in other people’s lives.
With that being said, I will not be moving to Houston…and with that comes a few silver linings.
Being an athlete and being able to represent the Invictus Family at the CrossFit Games for the past 4 years has been an incredible experience. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be where I am today when I first walked into the Invictus doors as a timid athlete having just gotten out of college. After my very first competition though it became apparent that there would be no competing elsewhere for me. The greatest reason for pushing myself as an athlete was to give pride and something to get excited about to the Invictus community. The act of competing for me has never been an individual desire, it’s being able to say that I’m a part of something bigger and represent something far greater. I’m excited to say that this will still be a part of my life and I will still strive to be an athlete for this community.
The Invictus Rowing Club will continue on in all it’s glory. We’re lucky in that we’re partnering with the University of San Diego Mens’ Head Novice Coach, David Janiak who will assistant coach the club when I’m out of town. David is the greatest fit to help in this role as he was my coach when I was learning to row and he has an incredible pedigree in the rowing community.
I will continue on with the Invictus Athlete’s Camp staff when we put on CJ’s incredible courses and make magic happen with so many talented coaches.
Finally, I will still be in San Diego. This means still being in the gym when I can be, seeing all your happy, albeit sweaty faces and getting to be around the community that I love so much.
So thank you. Thank you CJ Martin for being a mentor, friend, confidant, coach, and bringer of pain. You have taught me all that I know and I’m excited to bring that knowledge to the world. Thank you Invictus coaches and staff. You have been such an integral part of my life and I know this will continue on, it’s like having lots of siblings and aunts and uncles, you know you’ll always be able to pick up where you leave off. Thank you to the community; without you, there would be no Invictus, no family, no raison d’être. Stay fun, stay fit, and enjoy the hell out of life.
Here’s to the poem that will stick with me forever as motivation, determination, and a reminder of the people I get to be present with every day, wherever I am. I added an extra stanza that seemed appropriate to me.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
May years transcend my humble place
On earth as has been allowed.
Invictus lives as e’er a space
To have grown around I’m proud.