A Fond Farewell
I’ve been thinking about how to begin this post for the past week or so, and I find I’m still at a loss for words or direction. I suppose it’s easiest if I get to the crux of the matter as quickly as possible – I’m writing today to let all of the members of the EVF family know that Wednesday will be my last day coaching here. You may be aware that I recently spent a year living in Australia and that I have been looking into ways to go back there. I recently learned that I have been accepted into a program there and will be going back on a student visa for at least the next year or so.
Nine months ago, when I returned to NYC and was just getting involved with EVF, I believe I would have felt nothing but excitement to know that I would be going back to Australia. Over the past nine months, however, I have been given the opportunity to become part of something profoundly moving here, and the feelings I have now are incredibly mixed and bittersweet. I am still ecstatic to be going back. The prospect of packing up my life and moving across the world is neither more nor less stressful than I imagine it would otherwise have been. But the emotional toll of saying goodbye to all of you is somewhat devastating, to put it bluntly. And despite the pain associated with goodbye, I am also grateful to you for making this experience something that could touch me so profoundly and genuinely. I thank you all for that.
This community is full of amazing people, each in their own right, and I have enjoyed watching you all grow as athletes and as individuals. I have seen many changes in you all, as you become stronger, more mobile, more conditioned, and most importantly, more confident. I’m always impressed by the warmth of our members in how they rally together to cheer on the last athlete finishing a WOD. I believe that CrossFit strengthens mentally as well as physically, and I hope that you continue to experience the effects of that. I hope that you all look at life with new eyes, and don’t ever assume something is too difficult for you to handle. Continue to challenge yourself, and continue to confront adversity with the fortitude you bring into the gym everyday – you will be better for it, I assure you.
I was fortunate to stumble upon such a compassionate, driven and knowledgeable group of coaches at EVF. In working with them, I can say with absolute certainty that I have grown as both an athlete and as a coach, and I hope that they can say the same for having worked with me. And I hope that you as athletes are able to say the same for having worked with me. I am also grateful to Eric and Deb for the confidence they have shown in my work, for their faith in my ability to contribute to the community here, and for offering me a chance to grow as a professional. I am sad to say goodbye to you all, but I am confident that you will all be left in extremely capable hands with the coaches at EVF. A CrossFit affiliate is only as good as its coaches – this is something of which Eric, Ian, Matt, Jim, Sean, James, Deb, and I are all acutely aware. You can rest assured that each of them will strive to continue to provide you with the best product possible and will continue to foster the cohesive spirit that makes this gym so special to me, and I hope to all of you as well.
Although I’ll be on the other side of the world for a while, I hope to stay in touch with everyone here and will definitely be dropping in whenever I’m back in the city. In the meantime, train hard and smart, keep on keepin’ butt tight belly tight, get organized, and remember, pain makes you beautiful, so mobilize mobilize mobilize, you sexy supple leopards!!!
I’ll leave my email below – please do not hesitate to stay in touch there and/or to add me on Facebook / LinkedIn. I wish you all the very best in training and in life in general, and hope to hear from you. And if by chance, you happen to make it to Australia at any point while I’m there, definitely let me know!
In the meantime, we are gathering at Penrose (1590 2nd Avenue, between 82nd and 83rd) tonight at 8:30 for drinks. If you have the time and the inclination, please stop by for a drink or two, or just to chat and hang out.
Yours in strength,
Zachary ‘Hang-On’ Singer
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