When someone on the team said this word, I knew this would be my last post to journal CrossFit 8035's team experience for Central Regionals this year.  

The Central Region is no doubt the most stacked competitive region in CrossFit.   Most of the teams in the top 10, had the scores been pulled from the top regardless of region for the CrossFit Games, would make it to the Games.

Today CrossFit 8035 ended up with an 11th place finish.  An 11th place finish with some of the top athletes in the world.   

This team, the team with 6 athletes whose majority of time is spent outside of the gym, finished due to one thing, and one thing only. Sure there was balance, diversity, family, semi-geriatric, underestimated, cohesive, passion, and determination.  

But really, what it boils down to, is heart.  A hell of a lot of heart. Heart day in and day out believing that you can achieve something pretty amazing when you all work together.  Heart that carries you, your mind, and your body past limitations. Heart the carries your teammates, heart that carries your gym members, and heart that carries the name CrossFit 8035.

This team gave every bit and more.  Their hearts carried them on their path, and their hearts are what make them the great people they are.  Having heart like they do is an exceptional attribute found in few. They don't forget who they are and how they got here, they don't forget who helped them along the way and who they having cheering for them regardless of whether they are in the stands or back home.   

So yes, heart is what got them here.  And heart is what pushed them through. And heart is what gave this home grown Iowa team an 11th place finish.  And because of that they should be damn proud. 

Everyday heart.  That is what CrossFit 8035 is.

It's been an honor and a privilege to chronicle your journey Luke, Amy, Derrick, Dani, Kyle and K.t. Marie.  My heart is full. Muah. 

We are always looking for that one perfect picture, but the true perfect picture is the one that makes it seem as if that moment in time is happening all over again.