"...we are never far apart. For friendship doesn't count miles. It's measured by the heart. "
Coco and her family are moving to Ohio today. That's 5 hours away, it's really close to the Candaian border.
As we continue to add more athletes each week, I see friendships develop and grow among strangers. It's safe to say that by going through a challenging workout like we see in CrossFit, it brings people closer. Many also use their CrossFit hour as social hour, if you CrossFit, you don't have hours to spend at the gym, you're busy, have other obligations but you also make fitness a priority so why not have a bit of fun? There a parts of me no one in my family would see or know about me as my CrossFit friends would know (except Nick, he doesn't count because he fits in both categories).
Coco and I met at CrossFit, we did our first competition together in April 2014, we actually didn't really know each other until that day at all but I invited her and another box member, Seth, who I didn't really know either (but we crossfit so we'll all be friends) to ride with Nick and I to this competition.
We quickly became friends and found that we were really good workout partners pushing each other and being friendly competitive. We were even better as a team, her strengths being my weaknesses and vice versa. Plus, we had fun, a lot of fun. I learned that her husband, Ben, was in med school and was gone a lot or studying and she has a sweet little dog and we both enjoy nutrition and CrossFit. Coco shared Nick's love for pizza and they fight like siblings, they have the same sense of humor that flies over my head, so we'd have dinners together on occasion. Dogs included, of course. Turns out that it was the 3 best friends anyone could have with Nick, Coco, and I. Boston felt the same way about little Honey Child too.
We decided we'd do a partner competition a few months later at Battle of the Falls. We put in a good amount of training preparing for it and looking back, I laugh to think how far we've come since then in terms of our fitness. I think some of the most fun we had was in-between workouts, since we waited up to 9 hours at times! (And maybe that's why I extremely planful for the events we host).
We had discussed becoming L1 trainers several times, Coco was braver than I and took hers over a year before me. We kept training together as often as we could between her grad school and my job. We did several competitions over the next 6 months, either as a team or individually but together.
It was an honor to be one of the first to know when Coco became pregnant. That put an unexpected twist to her coaching and training, with her body adjusting to the growing baby. But our adventures continued, me learning about all thing baby over dinners and trying to help her with the registry (right, I knew nothing) and being able to plan and host her baby shower, for time.
The same day Coco was cleared back to CrossFit after Titan was born, she came right to the box and it's inspiring and impressive how quickly she's bounced back. She'll say she's not where she used to be but she's certainly not starting from stratch. Her body remembers the movements and the progress she's seen in a few months is impressive.
It's only fitting that we end our close-by friendship with a competition. We did a team event in Okoboji last weekend. I think our team name gave away our intentions "We Workout for The Food" consisted of Coco, Nick, me and this time, her husband, Ben, joined us! It didn't really hit me until today that this friend and coach is leaving and she won't be a few miles away.