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CALLING ALL NORTH FORK FOLK WHO WANNA GET IN SHAPE
Bootcamp in Paonia Town Park with Coach Kalvin starts Monday
3 weeks Aug 19-Sept 6, 6-7am M-F, Paonia Town Park – $125
Cardio & calinsthenics in a circle of community
If you’re on the fence about it…jump off and start running now. I’ve done bootcamp twice and I’m planning on doing it again. Here’s 10 reasons why:
- Endorphin sparks every day. You’re just happier.
- Works all parts of your bod.
- Breakfast tastes so much better after movin & groovin in the early morn.
- You’re face is bright and rosy, the exercise can clear up your complexion.
- Fit into old jeans.
- Get to know the sweet smell of your own sweat intimately.
- Make new friends. Faces you’ve seen around the hood. All ages, all fitness levels, lots of fun jokes and stories.
- Kalvin is a hoot. He can be caught spontaneously singing commands. He also has a solid vocab of cheery morning greetings.
- Learn to imitate a wild bear (crawling on all fours is part of the cardio routine).
- You deserve it. I don’t have to tell you why. You know this.
Background: I’m a former fat kid that ran a mile for the first time when I was 18. Ive struggled with getting regular exercise for years and have used all of the excuses to sit and sleep in (too tired, too busy, afraid of injury, it’s not as fun as this or that) but boot camp has transformed this for me. It’s been huge to be held accountable by a coach and a group to just show up (the hardest part). And it’s an extra special bonus that Kalvin and the participants are neighbors and friends, all supporting each other’s personal evolution in health and wellness. I highly encourage you to say yes to booty camp! It’s a fun and formative path.
So… Here I am sitting in the sun with my two dogs licking my toes and trying to lick my face. Life feels sweet and warm. Giggles and love. I’m looking at all that has happened in the past 4 months, and a tornado takes over my mind and soul. So many events, so many changes, so many emotions…so many questions, but then again, so many answers. Everything that came across my path has been…mmmm…interesting. Challenging. A blessing but also a curse. Full of light and also darkness. But there has been one thing that has been constant…. intense but so rewarding…. That one constant when everything else felt like chaos was Bootcamp. I am not a morning person…never have been, and probably never will be. I need about an hour, and four shots of espresso before anyone can even start talking to me in the am. I actually believe i get angry at people when they talk to me in the morning…. Well, things have been different..I have been waking up at 5.15 since Day 1 of Bootcamp..I wake up, drink water…drink coffee…tie my shoe laces and there I go..head out of the door when the sun is barely showing it’s pretty face….when the birds are waking up and the streets are quiet..only a few cars moving around getting ready to go over the pass.
I start running as I can barely realize I am awake…Actually, as i barely can see what’s in front of me. But then the small talk begin….and from a slow, little conversation, I realize we can’t stop laughing, and talking..catching up on what has been happening in our lives..and also what has been happening with our sore bodies.
All i want to do is laugh and talk…run and jump….Push my self to the limit…
I did have an accident where I pushed my self too much and my hip gave up on me. So I learned to listen to my body..listen to what is a healthy push, and when i am just exaggerating… I learned how to take care of my body, nurture it… How to listen to it.how to know when my heart is working too hard, even though my body wants to keep going.
As I am writing all of this, the dogs are finally calm..and the clouds keep changing shape. How did all of this start? I remember telling my mom how much I wanted to try a bootcamp..how much I wanted to do something different..different than dancing..different than just running…and a day later, BAM! Kalvin Evans posted on Paonia Message Board that he wanted to start a bootcamp!! This is what I call manifestation! =) So all excited, I sign up…and the day comes. I am terrified…embarrassed..exhausted. The man has muscles from outer space, and all I have for myself is a flabby stomach. The first days ends…and I am sore!! Peeing hurts..I cannot sit on the toilet…I cannot stand up… I want to sit because my legs are tired, but trying to sit down seems more difficult to stand up… I’m confused! =)
The days go on…my body gets stronger…. My arm muscles become more and more defined…. my heart and mind become more and more clear. My endorphins are sky-rocketing and NO ONE, I MEAN, NO OOONEEEE, can take a smile away from me. The first session ends..and there I was signing up for the second one. During the second session, my heart was troubled and confused. I was tired and hurt. And the only thing that made me happy was to fall asleep knowing that I would wake up and exercise. Meet up with people I love and challenge each other. The sun on my skin and sweat on my forehead… Life is good… I feel alive…
The last day I attended the second session, I completely broke down… Sobbing… My chest was rocking itself in and out.. Tears caressing my cheek.. And I surrender to t… And here is my challenge.. Bear crawl across the field.. Really???? Ok Jessie, get your shit together.. That’s what I told myself.. And I start crawling.. And I just can’t do it…I can’t breath.. Thoughts are taking over my mid and soul.. And here he comes, by my side.. There’s kalvin… Encourage me.. Telling me that I can do it.. That I am loved.. And looked after… And we do it, together.. We get across the field….
We took a month brake.. And I have to say, I felt lost.. I felt heavy… I missed bootcamp… Icouldnt wait for the announcement of starting back up… And finally it happened.. And here I am.. Writing about it.. At te end of session number three and about to sing up for session number 4… I feel like the month I stopped was not good for me.. I felt heavy… An starting back up was amazing.. So good… So refreshing… And just about a week ago, I was running… And I felt different.. Andforthe first time in my life I felt something never felt before…. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I am… For the first time in my life I felt I had a bootie;)
Bootcamp has been great — I feel like I’m working through my injury and my body is getting used to the routine. My fitness vision is to participate in a Bootcamp once per quarter or possibly every other month, and then do some kind of maintenance in between those times where I exercise 3 times per week.
I am still a member of the CrossFit gym in Delta, so I still have that option, but would rather not be driving to Delta three times a week if I don’t need to.
What would you think about my signing up and using a Bootcamp as maintenance thing, attending three days a week? I am going to be out of town the middle week of the upcoming Bootcamp, so that kind of throws a wrench in my plan! But nevertheless…
I am interested in what you’re going to be offering over the winter. It’s my most challenging time to keep exercising!