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10 Sep 2014

911 & Glen Doherty

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Today is the 13 year anniversary of one of the most horrific events to ever occur on US soil. The Twin Tower bombings in NYC on 9/11/01. It will be a date that forever stays in my memory. Fast forward to the day 11 years later and another horrible event  will forever be remembered. The tragedy that occurred in Benghazi, Libya at our US Embassy.

One of our very own, Glen Doherty, was stationed in Benghazi on security duty for Ambassador Stevens. There are many details out about the attack and I have no desire to go into specifics here. What I would rather do is write about one of the best people that I have had the pleasure of knowing.

Glen came to CFB while we were still in Roxbury. He worked for peace and security in the middle east after having exiting the SEALS in 2005 after a 10 year career. Glen was larger than life and always had a smile on his face, especially at the darkest point of any WOD. His energy and enthusiasm made everyone better and he treated everyone the same whether he was a newbie or a long time veteran of CFB.

Upon his last days at CFB he brought me a framed quote that I still have in my home office. It is of President Theodore Roosevelt and it reads:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Today we honor Glen and all of the 2,977 victims from 911. Please post your results to comments as tribute.

Godspeed 

I would like to introduce you to Courtney and Shannon. It is only appropriate that they are introduced together as they are ALWAYS together. :-) Seriously, they are roomies and both have different CrossFit stories before joining our family here at CrossFit Boston. Be sure to say hello and introduce yourselves when you see them in class.

These two young ladies are great friends outside of the gym and support each other when here training hard!

These two young ladies are great friends outside of the gym and support each other when here training hard!

COURTNEY S

I started CrossFit in the summer that I moved up here to the Bedford/Burlington area three years ago and instantly fell in love with it.  Being in the military, working out daily was a no brainer, but I definitely phoned it in at various gyms and never got anything out of it. 

 

After some ridiculous workout combining just rowing and bodyweight exercises, I was hooked.  I continued with my original gym until I got sent to South Carolina for six months.  There, my gym became my family since I knew no one else, and it saved me from a long and painful work trip.  While there, I received my Level 1 certification and got offered to teach at my duty station’s base gym when I returned. 

Again, I fell right into a great community of people that became an extension of my family.  I just recently moved again to the Boston proper area, and CFB caught my eye as being a gym with a great sense of community and a “no gimmicks” approach to functional fitness.  I love that I’ve been doing this for three years and I can still leave a sweaty mess having learned something new.  I’m excited to train with the supportive people at CFB!

SHANNON F

September of 2012 I decided to be spontaneous and take a job in Washington state, where I knew close to no one. I had searched for fitness gyms and since it was such a small town there wasn’t much to choose from unless you were willing to travel.

Although Crossfit Yelm was the only gym in town, i fell in love second I was browsing the website. I had scheduled a time to check it out, and when I got there I was so eager to start right away. Everyone there were so forth coming that it became my second home. I was there more than I was anywhere… Because of some setbacks in past I have feared of getting back into any type of fitness, however, crossfit has allowed me to overcome my fears.

Since returning back to the east coast and accepting a position at Boston Children’s Hospital I have been seeking to find a gym that was family oriented and similar to Crossfit Yelm, which hasn’t been easy to find, until dropping into my first class at CFB. I am excited to get to know everyone and start accomplishing my CF goals!