15-12-9 reps for time:
135 pound barbell thrusters
45 pound weighted pull-ups
Farewell to a Dear Friend and Coach
As many of you have caught word of over the past few weeks, our very own coach Tracie Holcomb is leaving us on May 10th. Off to take on an exciting new adventure, she and her family have decided to move to Durango.
While it saddens me so greatly to think of her leaving the floor at Roots and our community, I also know that the sadness of her departure is far outweighed by the incredible, positive, and life changing influences she has had on all of us at Roots over the past five years.
The coaching staff is a better crew of individuals because of her. We’ll miss the shenanigans in the office, the cut throat attitude that challenged you to be better, and the caring friend we all love. We wish her the very best on the Western Slope!
And here is Tracie’s farewell in her own words…
The time has come. It’s been a crazy ride over the last 5 years, and like so many other things in CrossFit, I would have never guessed that it would come to this. Like many of you, some of my best and worst moments have come at CrossFit Roots. I’ve achieved goals, celebrated gains, and it’s not a reach to say that I’ve grown into a better person. I’ve also glimpsed the side of myself that would rather quit, heard the voices that say it’s just too hard, walked away feeling defeated knowing that I hadn’t given my best and vowing never to let that happen again. But it isn’t the place. The journey began in Nicole and Eric’s sometimes steamy, sometimes freezing garage. And I will try my best to take it with me as I uproot with my clan and head south to Durango. The unique tie that links all this together is you: the Community of CrossFit Roots.
While it pains me terribly to leave this amazing community of athletes, friends, mentors, and sources of inspiration; I will take your lessons with me. I will hear your voices of encouragement, see your examples of hard work, honor your hopeful expectations, and respect your unflinching standards. I am proud to consider myself one of you. Coaching you has been an honor and a privilege and NEVER, not even a single day, did it feel like a job. On the contrary, I was humbled by your willingness to trust me and inspired by your hard earned gains.
There are not words to thank the many individuals and the community as a whole for all you have given me, but I am grateful for you and all you have meant to me over the years in the deepest fibers of being. I’ll do my best to stay connected…stalking the website, maybe even getting back on Facebook for the first time in 3 years, popping back in periodically to get my ass kicked…but know that if you ever need a friend in Durango, I’m there for you.