Samantha Self

Sam_smileBefore I started Crossfit I was a softball player for seven years and I thought that was what I was going to do for the rest of my life.   I never thought I would do something different like Crossfit.  When I didn’t make the softball in 2013 team I was really down, but then my dad introduced me to Crossfit and I fell in love with it. When Coach Abby and Allison started coaching the kid class I really started enjoying weightlifting and I could tell I was going to do this for a while.

In August I graduated to the adult class and I love it.   Now I help the coaches with the kid’s class. I moved to the adult class mostly because I was competing in Pensacola at the Beach Brawl, which was kind of a big deal because I was the youngest girl there by 3.5 years (I competed in the Women’s Scaled Division) and this was my first competition.

The day before leaving for the competition, the anticipation was terrible. I told everyone I was ready to go and get this over with. I was so nervous and excited all at the same time.unnamed

Finally today was the day, time for the competition! I was ready to compete and anxious to get started because I had been preparing for a long time, but I was so excited and nervous. When I got down there I had the fear of it raining and that they would change everything, but the weather was great for the individual competition.

It was time for the final WOD! I was holding back the tears. My mom was trying to comfort me, but it was not helping.  I was up! I got135 pounds on my power clean and an 85 pound snatch; both were PRs (personal record). I cried…I never cry. That was the most emotional I have ever been.  I will never EVER forget when Coach Jarrod told me to put on 25s on the bar for my power clean and I looked him and said “are you sure?”.

There are so many people to thank that have pushed me and believed in me. First are my parents, they have been right by my side through everything. Next are my coaches, they have helped me so much in so many ways. They have given me tips and have told me “hey you need a little more weight on the bar”.  And if they had not told me this I would not be deadlifting 200 pounds!  And I can’t forget my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am thankful he has led me in this direction in my life and gives me the strength to continue.  I’m also thankful for the people he’s brought into my life to encourage me on this journey.

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