30 For 30 Thoughts by Zach!
This is a guest blog by Mr. 30 For 30 himself, Zach Goren.
WOW. Just WOW. It’s taken me a good deal of time to even start processing what happened last weekend. And even now, I’m still not quite sure what to make of all of it. But there are a few things I do have a pretty good idea about:
- I’m in no hurry to do anything like that again anytime soon (Alyssa, it’s all you), and,
- CFLA is a really special place
I think the second point was really hammered home more than anything. Right after the end of the 30th workout, I told everyone there that I probably hadn’t actually celebrated my birthday in any real fashion since I was 15. I just never liked it nor did the “typical” sorts of celebration activities resonate. I can beat to my own drum in a lot of ways and I think it’s always made me a bit uncomfortable to do things publicly that cut against the grain. Since I joined CFLA 6 years ago, the level of acceptance and inclusion has been unwavering. I didn’t have to think twice about who I wanted to celebrate with in a way wholly authentic to me. I struggle to explain to most people that I hang out with people from my gym, let alone call them some of my closest friends. My family and other long-time friends who stopped by to show support were blown away by the number of you who were there and the enthusiasm with which you participated. I liked showing you off.
I am so filled with gratitude for the outpouring of support I received all weekend. For thirty straight hours people went out of their way, altered their plans, forwent sleep, facetimed and worked out from across the world (Anthony and Francesca), brought food & drink (lots of donuts in particular ;), and just showed up. When Kenny and I originally started tooling around with the concept, we figured we’d get some interest from the community, but what we experienced was beyond our imagination.
I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at CFLA. I also want to give special thanks to a few people: Annita for helping keep my neck from seizing up early on (especially after the whole thing almost got derailed when I hurt myself putting on my tights first thing in the morning), the Butlers/Kenny for lending me their amazing stim machine (I’m now a believer in the Marc Pro+), Travis/Todd for capturing the whole thing on video (looking forward to seeing that!), John for the incredible BBQ on Sunday (for those of you who missed it know I’m encouraging him to quit his job and start a restaurant), Niki for being the master coordinator and cat wrangler in getting this whole thing together, and Kenny for being Kenny (no words).
It may have been for my birthday but this is something that we did together. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) have done it without you.
A) 5 RFR (:30:30)
B) FQL, working up across sets
2 9-yd Plate pushes + 5 Back squats
And Coming Wednesday
15 Clean and jerks (135/95)
5 Rope climbs (14’)