Thank You…

 

I want to thank a few people…

I would like to thank Mel, Ali, Derek, Montoya and James for being such incredible athletes and teammates.  When the cards where stack against them after the first two events they easily could have become negative and packed it in, but that isn’t the way these amazing people act, train or compete.  One of my favorite quotes is, “Toughness is the ability to perform at the upper limits of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstance.”  And that is exactly what TEAM CFNE did.  They battled, and battled hard right to the end.  I am so proud, lucky and honored to be friends and coach these great people.  They are role models for us all.  We missed our goal or repeating as Champions, but learned more about each other along the way.  We have strong core values (family, integrity, community, honesty, dedication) and because of that our finishing place does not define us.  We are still Champions – and I am so proud of each of them.

Thank you Heather.  You are my bride, my best friend and my boy’s mamma.  I am in awe of you everyday.  What you do, what you have accomplished and what you strive to be inspires me to be a better man, dad, coach and husband.   I love you.

I want to thank MDV and Ally.  You guys are amazing teammates, friends and athletes.  Your desire and ability made our Team better everyday.  Your help with Bode at the Games was a huge asset.  You guys are a going to be a huge part of the success of our gym in the coming years.

I want to thank Lisa 8, Big Bri and Jerry for being tremendous master’s competitors and representing CFNE.

I want to thank my Dad.  Making the trip to LA to support me and CFNE means more than you know.  Thank you, I love you.

Finally I want to thank the entire CFNE community who made the trip to LA, those that rooted us on from back home, and those that supported all of the competitors throughout the year.  You guys are the reason that our gym is so special.  I love that “going to work” for me is hanging out with you guys all day.  We have a special thing going on Tech Circle and I don’t take it for granted for one second.  I know how lucky I am to have each of you in my life.

13 Comments

  1. Big Mike

    You had us at Thank You….
    …and know that as a community, we will always do whatever it takes to keep you off the pole……

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  2. rich t

    Thank you Ben for having a huge impact on our lives. CFNE rocks!
    I visit other boxes across the country when traveling, and let them know that my home box is CFNE (while explaining that I am a mere mortal mid-packer to avoid major disappointment) . The level of respect and admiration that fellow CorssFit’ers convey for CFNE is truly amazing. Further evidence that I am fortunate to part of something so great.

  3. Erica D

    Thank you, Ben! You and Heather have built an amazing community. Like Rich, whenever I visit another box and say I workout at CFNE, people are immediately impressed. I also have to give the disclaimer that I am not the crazy athlete they are envisioning, but I think I can be one day thanks to the coaches and the community.
    Great job to the team–you guys did an amazing job and it was wonderful to see everyone out here in Cali.

  4. Well said Ben. The Box that you and Heather have constructed, the people that have come to be a part of it, and thus the community and culture that has evolved is quite special — the large CFNE flywheel you have put in motion has gone on to create hundreds of individual flywheels throughout the CFNE community — big ripple/network effect here Ben. Best thing is that the best day for you, the box, and our community is not behind us.

  5. Rasheed

    Walking around at the Games and LA (at places like Starbucks and Whole Foods) wearing a CFNE t-shirt was an eye opening experience. I can’t tell you how many people would randomly ask a question or comment in a positive way about some aspect of CFNE: You work out at CFNE?; followed by some combination of – You know Ben Bergeron? Do you know Heather? Is Heather competing? A baby??? Two months ago!! You guys are awesome! You have a great team! We follow Ben’s programming. We use his Competitor WOD. That’s a great t-shirt; where did you get it? Can I buy your shirt?

    It makes me all the more appreciative of being a part of this special community.

    Thanks Ben, Heather, and the entire CFNE community for allowing me to join the fun!

    • Thank you all for welcoming our entire family into CFNE’s home. We are so fortunate to be a part of this box…just as Ben says: it’s about building relationships. Because of this group, I am inspired everyday to be a better athlete – not just in the physical sense, but mentally and emotionally, too. Ben and Heather: you epitomize the essence of CrossFit! It was an honor to wear our shirts at the games and to cheer on our team. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

  6. Big Bri

    I’d like to tag on to Ben’s “thank you” and say a couple of my own. Thanks very much to the entire CFNE community for supporting me and cheering me on at the Games. If you have never competed, you can’t imagine how much of a push you get when you hear someone screaming your name, and by knowing that there is a bunch of people watching you back home. It is huge – I cannot thank you all enough.

    Thanks to the coaches at CFNE. I’ll tell ya, there are a lot of great boxes and great trainers in the Crossfit world, but there are none better than the trainers at CFNE. Simply awesome – they do it right, and we all benefit.

    Also, huge thanks to Dr. Tori for taking time out and treating me during the Games. And, thanks to Katrina for massage during the Games. You guys are incredible, and helped get me through! Thanks also to Dr. Sean for telling me not to think about the pain in my foot – I didn’t!

    I am taking a little rest time, but I hope to see you all soon.

  7. Eugene

    Thanks Ben! I’m just honored to be able to say I train at cfne. And to everyone who competed, congrats! I’m so proud of you guys!

  8. Congrats to all the elite athletes who represented CFNE, you guys and girls were amazing!!!

  9. Lisa L

    :) you guys simply rock the hizzous ;)

  10. Andy M

    I feel like superman when I’m wearing a CFNE t-shirt outside the box because I know how special CFNE is. Wearing it is like a badge of honor. Thanks back to you Ben and Heather and all the incredible coaches and members who make the CFNE experience so incredible and such an amazing place to be a part of.

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