This past weekend I attended my very first Camp Savage at Cathy's studio in Norwood. Having been going to Sunday Sessions since September or October, I wasn't nervous as I've come to know (and LOVE) so many Savage Girls. I expected a familiar atmosphere with familiar faces. I expected to learn more about competitive fitness, get some practice time in my heels, and as always to have a kickass workout.
I didn't expect what I got.
I didn't expect that out of the 50+ ladies in attendance, I'd feel equally connected to each of them as if I had known them all for years. I wasn't prepared to be so blown away by some of the stories these women shared about themselves and their journeys in fitness. The one thing that shocked me the most was just the overall feeling that we are all family. You think of getting that many women together for the purpose of learning to compete against each other in this sport and the first thing that comes to my mind is being stabbed in the temple with a 6" clear plastic stiletto, while being held in a headlock by some big burly butch bitch who is trying to steal your protein powder.
Since I've been involved with CSF I've heard about (and experienced) the great comradery that is the greatest benefit of being a part of this team. What I didn't expect was that this same geniality and warmth could translate into a larger group dynamic, especially one with so many absolute strangers. There is something to be said about the power of knowing that when you're pushing yourself beyond your limits, you've got a whole team of like minded people right behind you cheering you on and genuinely rooting for you to barrel through any personal barriers.
That being said, I'll reiterate that I've longed to compete since I was a teenager. Even though in the past I set goals for myself, I never knew what tools would prove more important in helping me to get there. I know now that it's about more than just me and I'll never get there if I seek to do it on my own. Though it may sound silly to those who have no interest in doing what I'm doing, but without a doubt, being a part of this team has been, and will continue to be one of the most enlightening, amazing, and fuzzy feel good puppies and rainbows type experiences I'll ever have.