There’s a little bit of a story behind how we ended up renting a house down here on the Cape for the month.
When CrossFit announced that the Games would be bumped back to the first week in August, we realized it posed a little bit of an issue for our family. Our usual post-Games, early August family vacation down on the Cape wouldn’t be able to happen the way it has for the last few years. It wasn’t even like we could just move the vacation to before the Games because that’s prime training time for Ben and his athletes.
But, we’ve loved our recent ritual of bringing the family and his athletes down to the Cape to train as it’s a great way to remove all distractions, get the athletes to train swimming in real open water on a daily basis, and creates an enormous amount of opportunities for Ben to train their mental game and develop their character and who they are as people not just in the gym, but outside of the gym where habits and mind-set is really absorbed.
For me, personally, it’s a great way to feel like we’re “away” with the family at the place where Ben spent every summer growing up, but still allow him to do the work that he loves to do at this time of the year.
However, last year, we realized how hard it was to bring our ginormous family and crew of athletes and descend upon Ben’s poor mother and her home with all of our food, NormaTecs, muscle stim units, our ridiculous number of showers, our unending feeding schedule…and, not to mention our own children who pose a whole other field of challenges with naps, early morning wake ups, etc.
We are fun, but we are high maintenance.
But, with the new schedule this year, we realized that this could be a great opportunity to invest some money into renting our own house in the same area that would provide a good amount of space for all of us to do what we each had to do, Ben’s mom to still spend a huge amount of time with our family but not have to house all of us, and get the little kids into the routine that Ben grew up in with life at the Megansett Yacht Club and having a ton of kids roaming all over the place at all hours of every day.
Like most things when you spend as much time as we do on training mind set and recognizing how challenges actually create incredible new opportunities, we actually found that the Games being bumped back could be one of the best things that’s ever happened to all of us.
So, here we are. Kat and Brooke are here with us for the entire month of July, and Cole just arrived last night for the next two weeks. Paleo Power Meals is sponsoring all of us and are arranging to get us food down here every week so we don’t have to worry about how to fuel everyone and those guys can just put all of their energy and focus into training, recovering, and working on becoming incredible people…even more than they already are.
Maya is spending a lot of time with her dad back at Nobles recovering from her surgery since it’s really difficult for her to travel. Even getting to her PT sessions at Mass General in Boston, about a 30 minute drive, is really hard as it’s not easy finding a good position to sit in for that long and her pain meds can give her some pretty bad side effects. So, getting her down here to the Cape isn’t really where she’s at yet, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks she’ll be in a different place and can come down to get away for a little while.
Jonah is KILLLLINNNNNGGGG it volunteering over at Camp Jabberwocky on Martha’s Vineyard with his step-mom, Liza, the director of the residential summer camp there for disabled kids and adults. He’s working in the kitchen there preparing meals, setting and cleaning tables, and, most importantly, getting to spend enormous amounts of time with some insanely special people. I can’t imagine a better summer situation for him, especially considering the fact that he is just LOVING the whole experience. I can’t wait to see what he’s like when I get to spend some time with him again.
On a side note, my computer is dead. It just won’t turn on. I have this theory that all electronics that break down just need a certain period of time to be at rest and will, ultimately, return back to their usual state eventually. Actually, resetting things usually works more consistently than that theory, but I’d say it works 70-85% of the time…which is actually pretty fantastic, if you can be patient and have faith.
So, I’m using Brooke’s computer now, but it’s been tough trying to keep up with writing when I had nothing to write on. Heading home tomorrow for a few days to take care of Maya while Alex is away on a work retreat, so I’ll try to make my way over to the Apple Store to see if I can fix it…if it doesn’t fix itself before that 🙂