In the grand scheme of things and considering what’s happening in the world right now, this news you are about to read is fairly inconsequential. It won’t affect how you live and it won’t affect how you work out at CrossFit Merced. It is, however, some big news for Maya and I, and we would like to share it with you.
Effective September 1, 2020, Maya and I will have sold our share in ownership of CrossFit Merced to John and Dixie Sweigard. If you stop reading now, I wouldn’t be offended in the least. But I would like to attempt to put into words what CrossFit Merced has meant to us.
I could write pages and pages about my experience with this place and the people here; about meeting Jen and Anthony for the first time, or about my first workout in the building on Main Street (where I was humbled and humiliated by “Helen”). I could tell you stories about the early days at CFM and flipping tires in the parking lot or pushing sleds through the alley. I could write about being intimidated or tripping over the sidewalk that had been pushed up by the tree on our 400m, around the block running course. I could tell you about ripping my hands for the first time or how I’ve hated burpees for 10 years. I’m not joking when I say I think I could write a book.
But I will spare you all that because it doesn’t matter. I can sum it up by saying this; CrossFit Merced has been one of the most special and influential places in my entire life.
I stumbled into ownership about seven years ago when Anthony was finishing law school and studying for the bar exam. He needed help, and I loved being there. While I have never been the fittest person in the gym by any measurement, I loved people, and I loved helping people get better. As I transitioned through career changes and existential crises (another book I would like to write!), CrossFit Merced was constant. And in retrospect, I can easily say it was YOU, the members at CFM who became my friends that helped me through some of the most difficult transitions of my life.
Life transitions again have led us to this letter today. Maya and I have four kids whom we love beyond words. They deserve the best of us. We also both have very full time jobs as teachers that demand our time and attention. We came to realize recently that we were not able to give the time and energy to CrossFit Merced that It ultimately deserves. To be honest, that realization has been heartbreaking.
In short, we want to say thank you all for EVERYTHING these past years have given us, and the friendships we’ve made will remain. We are so grateful for you. Also, we are absolutely NOT “going anywhere” – you’ll see us in the afternoon most days sweating and laughing and complaining. Further, we have full confidence in John and Dixie taking the reins, and are excited for the future of CFM.
Your workout buddies,
Matt and Maya Davis