This post comes from Trident Athlete Chris Campagna, who has a thank you and an invitation.
A little over a year ago I did my baseline and started coming to Trident. I was encouraged by my awesome wife, Shannon, great friends and inspirations Andrea and Emily Porterfield to come and do my baseline upon being released from medical care following a serious traffic accident. I was “three months or less” for at least six months. I was incapable of a sit up, pull up, or push up. Most of the time I just wanted to throw up.
A year later I can string together a handful of pushups, rock some ab mat sit-ups (still a little slow), and get a few strict pull ups. Besides being able to survive and complete a WOD, I can now actively participate in my life. A month ago we moved and I was able to be actively involved, moving boxes and furniture up and down the stairs. It was a moving experience for sure. Last weekend I participated in my first Stand Up Paddle Board race, finishing 5th out of 12, so more behind me than in front. And, now I have a baseline for 2.5 mile race. In the final ¾ of a mile I was getting fatigued, but the spirit of the Trident community help me overcome the fatigue and finish strong. The image of Alex finishing one of The Open workouts as everybody surrounds him to cheer him on came to mind and I felt supported by all of you as I finished the race. Witnessing the elite athletes, chubby hubby, old guys like me, and anyone willing to check their ego at the door and put everything they have into a workout inspires me every day.
So, thank you Trident community, great coaches and our founders Andrea and Chriss. I am truly grateful for everyone. As a small token of my gratitude I am inviting all Trident CrossFit community members to Belle Haven Marina a mile south of Old Town to try some Stand Up Paddle Boarding. (I will have plenty of boards and paddles on hand for everyone to try out. It is a great core workout. So if you want to try SUPing this Friday night from 7-9 p.m. please shoot and email (email@example.com) so I know how much Ceviche and beer to get. It will be a great way to start the weekend.
Thank you all for your dedication and hard work.
Chris (one s) Campagna
INVITATION TO ALL TRIDENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS
You are invited to come Stand Up Paddle Boarding
This Friday July 26, 2013 at Belle Haven Marina from 7-9 PM.
(*Belle haven Marina is located approximately 1 mile south of old town – See directions below)
The Campagna Family is providing the Paddle Boards, Ceviche and beverages.
Wear a bathing suit, bring a towel. There will be NO BURPEES!
If you can make it please email Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions from D.C., Arlington or Maryland (North of D.C.):
• Cross Potomac River (only if coming from DC or MD) and take GW Parkway south (toward National Airport).
• Go Past National Airport and into Old Town Alexandria. GW Parkway becomes Washington Street in Alexandria. Stay on it.
• After approximately 2 miles, Washington Street becomes the GW Parkway again (you will see the river on the left).
• Go 1 mile and make a left into Belle Haven Marina (the sign is on the right, but you turn left).
• Park at the Office and walk to the end where the rental dock is located