The End of an Era – A Farewell Bid to Point Loma
Written by Holden Rethwill
As many of you already know, our beloved Point Loma gym is closing its doors on Saturday, February 2nd. Along with this comes the end of a wonderful chapter in our Crossfit Invictus book. The past 5 years we’ve seen members come and go, coaches change, schedules switch, and the occasional (daily) transient individual dancing to the music on the back patio. One thing that has remained constant is the amazing community that was cultivated at this tiny but mighty portion of our empire.
I’ve had the pleasure of being the evening coach here for the last couple years, and I know I speak for Kim as well when I say how blessed we are to have been a part of the community that was created and thrived at this “little brother”, “step child”, and “old school box” as we’ve so often deemed it. But, none of this would have been possible without you, the folks that walked through these doors on Midway every day who made it more than a gym. You’ve created a family. A family that doesn’t just converse the one hour a day we spend at the gym together, but one that holds each other accountable outside the gym, consistently contributes in the masses when community events are run, and most importantly, takes care of one another.
It’s impossible to list all of the little quirks that made this gym feel like a home. From the blue dumpster, to old rusty (RIP), to body shake warm ups by Kim, the constant sound of ambulances rushing down Midway and horns blaring at rush hour, even to our not so incognito security guard Paul who seems to use the bathroom about as often as all of you who hear “starting in 3,2,1… wait I need to pee!” I could go on and on with the countless number of idiosyncrasies that have made this feel like more than a home, but the best way to sum it all up is, if you’ve been to Point Loma, you just know. One thing I can say without a doubt is that despite the doors closing, we will all cherish these as the amazing memories they are.
This said, with the closing of one chapter comes the opening of another. Many of us will split and head to either Sorrento Valley or East Village, but despite that, I know that I am excited to help you all continue writing your own individual story as it ties into our Crossfit Invictus book. Point Loma closing and that chapter ending means that we all have the opportunity to create an exciting new chapter in our own story. Regardless of whether it’s fitness related or not, the family culture that we’ve created at Point Loma is one that will live on through each and every one of you who have made it that way.
All of us coaches who have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of our family here have played merely a small part. The vast majority of credit goes to you, the members. You’ve made Point Loma thrive the way it has. It excites me to spread this community to our larger gyms because I know that you all will continue to build upon and enhance the culture that made Point Loma so special.
As bittersweet as it is to end this chapter, the opportunity to begin a new one should bring a smile to each and every one of your faces. We have the chance to spread the love and family environment to an even bigger crowd. I truly hope the lessons we’ve learned and the atmosphere we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of here will stay with all of us as we make the transition from the Midway District to wherever we end up. I know that I can’t wait to expand upon this culture and help our Sorrento and Downtown gyms continue to thrive the way they have!
Seeing as Kim and myself have been many of your primary points of contact for the last few years, I speak for the two of us when I say how fortunate we have been to be a part of something so special. We hope that all of you have enjoyed your mornings and evenings with us, just as we have with you.
Point Loma will continue live on through the memories we’ve created here, and the memories we will continue to write for Invictus. At the risk of being even longer winded than I already have been, I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my all time favorite movies, Sandlot. “Heroes are remembered, but legends never die.”
Love you all,
Your Point Loma Staff