The academic geek type, I’d never done any sports or touched a barbell in my entire life. Running and yoga, that’s it. I had no idea that from the first day of my on-ramp and every day afterward I would surprise myself with what I’m capable of. I’ve learned to challenge myself but at the same time I’ve learned to be patient with my progress, respect the process, and have the discipline to listen to what my body is trying to tell me. I’m more confident, somehow I’m a morning person now (WTF?), and I’m happy to be part of a community of friends. Part of the reason it’s so easy for me to get up at zero-dark-thirty in the mornings is the reward of seeing my 0530 crew.