The way it’s supposed to be

The way it’s supposed to be

When I entered the old boat house today at the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Center, before the strength and conditioning workout I regularly conduct, the normally over flowing racks were strangely sparse, nearly empty. The place was at first a bit odd, then quickly, felt just right.  30 plus racing crafts were missing. The old carpet was more visible, the faded walls more apparent, the musty smell more distinct.  But like the nudge of an old friend I realized this is the sign of team gone on the road in pursuit of excellence.  Atlanta, US National Championships. Young minds/bodies and spirits in pursuit of their dreams.  National championships, personal bests and life adventures in a foreign land.

Just as ships are supposed to be outside the harbor, an empty boat house is sign of people pursuing their dreams, stepping out of their comfort zone, being brave enough to step up to the line and say this is the best I have to offer.

I have no doubt that my students will exceed their expectations in victory or otherwise.

Friendship, Strenth and Honor,

Coach Cris

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2 thoughts on “The way it’s supposed to be

  1. Barry Borm

    Cris, thanks for all you do! SDCKT did very well and were well conditioned considering there success in over 100 degree/90% humidity conditions. Although proud of each and every athlete, I am especially proud of the bantams who won the overall award this year. And Leilani, Cassandra, Karly, and Danielle won k4 bantams with Danielle and Leilani winning medals in other events! Most importantly was there persistence and desire to do their best even in such challenging conditions! Sincerest regards, Barry

  2. Cris Post author

    I am so proud of our athletes and sincerely appreciate the feedback Barry.
    In the words of one of my favorite writers,

    “f you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    Then you have learned a great lesson. It sounds like our brave little warriors did just that.

    Congrats to your daughters, their success is due in significant part to the love, loyalty and support you and Cherry give. Just like my mom and stand in dads did for me.

    Friendship, Strength and Honor,
    Cris

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