It’s Not Goodbye

Time to turn off the lights…

I’ve been in love with CrossFit since the moment that @CanuckCoach rained pain and destruction down upon me with ‘Great Balls of Fire Gone Bad’. Trying out this hitherto (triple word score) unknown CrossFit thing, I soon found a sport that was both ever changing, challenging and some days, just plain crazy. I became part of a community that has factored into just about every life decision since then. A community filled with people from different walks of life who come together for a common goal, being a little better today than they were yesterday. Cheering each other on during the successes and providing encouragement (and hugs) when it’s just not your day.

My First WOD

From losing weight and bodyfat, to getting stronger and faster, I’ve realized some of my proudest moments were with these people. This community has been with me from my first Half Marathon, to my first Open, my first competition, cycling in France and running my first (and only) Marathon in Chicago. This lifestyle has had such an impression on me, I studied for and earned my CrossFit L-1 and became a Coach at @CrossFitCanuck.  I can’t even believe it’s been 5 years since I got it and almost that long since I’ve been screaming for one more rep (and getting paid for it).

Sadly, especially for my Wednesday morning troopers, that will be coming to an end. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will be coaching my last classes on October 30th.  Trust me when I tell you that I didn’t come to this decision lightly and I already miss you crazy maniacs already. If you really feel like bonding before I go, then please join me on the 19th of October for a combined ‘I Didn’t Do a Birthday WOD Because It’s the Middle of the OPEN’ and ‘Goodbye WOD’ all rolled into one. Hopefully I will get to see most of you before I leave for the last time.

Until Next Time,

Coach B

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6 thoughts on “It’s Not Goodbye

  1. Kim

    No Bernie!!! I know things have to change and people have to move on but even though I have not seen (or heard you) much lately I will miss you! I appreciate the support, encouragement and even the “cheering” (ok bellowing yell). You are a great coach and an inspiration. I will continue to read your blogs/posts and when my knee allows to do the challenges!

    1. Thanks Kim! I’m glad my ‘cheering’ has had a positive effect on you! LOL! Keep up with the challenges that you can and hopefully the knee will let you play more than it hinders you. I may still pop in for a friendly yell every once and a while.

  2. Prea Hardeen-Moses

    Oh Bernie, I am gonna miss you and I’ll try not to cry 😭😭😭 Thank you for always pushing me a little extra even when I am not in class!!!, the yelling (I do it to my kids all the time, it’s all love I know :), the stare from behind I can always feel when I pretend I can’t hear you and most of all your voice being the only voice in my head @6am telling me I can’t stop now! I have nothing but mad love and nuff respect for you bigbrnz. Best of luck in your next adventure and now that you are not coaching come workout with us 😂 cheers!

    1. Thanks Prea!
      I always had a feeling that you were just pretending not to hear me. It’s been my pleasure to provide that little bit of motivation and you never know where I will turn up so DON’T STOP!!

  3. Stacy R

    Bernie! I was just getting to know you and now you’re leaving!? *real tears*
    You’re like the strict teacher at school that is secretly my favourite one. You don’t let things slide (I caught a serious side eye from you the other day when I was late for the 7am) and have been on me to make sure my form is correct all the dang time. I appreciate it all.
    Thank you for the guidance and always pushing me to get that last rep. I wish you the best and hope to see you soon! Cheers!

    1. Thanks Stacy!
      I’m glad I can be of help first thing in the morning. You think I’m strict now, just picture me when you got 50 Burpees for being late. There’s still a few classes left on the schedule, hopefully I will see you there.

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