The Invictus Athletes’ Camp Wrap-Up and Thanks
Written by C.J. Martin
If I told you that you could make a living hanging out with your best friends, studying what you love, learning from people who inspire you and sharing that knowledge with individuals who are eager to learn…would you believe me? I still have to pinch myself sometimes, but this past weekend was another fantastic reminder that I have an amazing career and community.
We just wrapped up our last Invictus Athletes’ Camp for the year in San Diego. It was a great group of participating athletes. They were open to learning, asked great questions and quickly embraced the Invictus principles of support and encouragement for their training partners. They helped us to create a great training environment that allowed everyone to learn and progress. Maybe most importantly, they were all open to our messages on mindset, vulnerability and character…and understood that those topics extend well beyond the gym and the arena. To all of you who traveled to San Diego to spend 3 days with the Invictus coaches and athletes, I cannot thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to share with you what we love and are so passionate about.
A sincere thank you to all of our coaches – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Josh Bridges, Aja Barto, and Nichole DeHart, as well as all of our assisting coaches – Ashleigh Moe, Bryan Miller, Elyse Umeda, Noah Pester, Ryan Swobody, Erica Livett, Cody Burgener, Tino Marini, Melissa Hurley, Heather Hippensteel and Lauren Fisher. You all embody the success and joy that comes with training and competing in the sport of CrossFit. I always learn from each of you, and am blessed to have you on our team. Your collective knowledge and strengths allow us to cover everything from gymnastics and weightlifting to mental toughness and game day preparation. This is an insanely talented group of athletes and coaches, and I am glad to be surrounded by you all.
A very special thanks also to Coach Burgener who took the time to come down and hang out with our athletes and share his knowledge with all of us. Coach B has taught me so much about weightlifting, coaching in general, and most importantly, is always an example of character and integrity. Any time I have a chance to hang out with him it’s a great day.
Heidi Fearon, you are a Godsend to everyone you come in contact with. You have a way of helping athletes (and coaches) center themselves and tap into their full potential that is unparalleled. Thank you for sharing what you do with all of our athletes, and for opening the door for them to explore their motivations in a way that few athletes ever will.
If you attended the camp and you’re reading this, please drop a note to comments. It’s much better for folks to hear your thoughts and experience of the weekend than it is for me to write about mine. Thanks again for helping us create a great training weekend.
If you have not yet attended an Invictus Athletes’ Camp, please get yourself registered quickly for our first camp of 2014 – which will be held January 17-19, 2014.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE JANUARY 17-19, 2014 INVICTUS ATHLETES’ CAMP