Trxbal is the result of two things: my experience as a crossfitter at Pioneer Valley CrossFit and my need to write about that experience. What I hope to relate is an image of a CrossFit box as a place that strikes an ancient chord in our being. We are tribal by nature. We express our best selves within communities that foster a shared sense of purpose. My CrossFit box is such a community for me. This is my attempt to explore why this is so.
If I have done my job well, this blog should also be full of humor. The tribe that I have found at PVCF is an interesting cast of characters. I hope that I have fairly captured and delivered the funny exchanges in our CrossFit lives, because humor is as essential to a good life as community, health, and having a great set of guns to display when you rip your shirt off during a WOD.
I am haunted by the cave paintings at Lascaux that appear on the home page. Were we our best selves – physically and spiritually – when our lives were closest to nature and art? Are we so removed from the elements of life that what is left is all simulated experience? These are the questions that confronted me as I began to write about the deep sense of purpose that I found in CrossFit, which is really just a form of exercise. I do not have an answer to these questions. But I have discovered that writing is somehow redemptive, cathartic, spiritual. I aspire to write in the shadows of Lascaux.