So, here we are days away from 2014! BUT today is a very special day so I'm going to give a huge "SHOUT OUT" to my little sister Lynn ~ Happy Birthday!!
2013 has been an incredibly exciting and busy year. WOWA!! ~ It all started with the preparations for a move to North Carolina. The plan was to start a satellite office on Camp Lejeune at the newly constructed fitness facility ~ WALLACE CREEK. that was the beginning.
Well that move didn't go as expected but it did offer opportunities of expanding the USMT brand and it's concept & theory along with educating fellow massage therapists on what we do & how we do it.
February brought the Blizzard of 2013 to New England (RI) .. I, on the other hand was enjoying the calmer weather of NC and focused on my training for the up-coming athletic season. Swim.. Bike & Run! ~ those are my new fun activities and what better "play ground" to train than with a bunch of motivated Marines? We got it all here. Safe roads & trails to ride on and the base pool & running paths are an excellent tool as well.
As exciting as my training was... I was still lonely for my family & team mates...the new fitness facility was still not open with no clear date in site for that Grand Opening. After 8+ weeks of no massage.. I decided to head back to RI and the RI USMT office. I had to get back to work... the rest was nice but I was really missing my work and the clients & athletes who have come to rely on me. YES, it was a difficult decision to leave them in the first place. When I got back , it was busier than before I left and it stayed that way and actually got busier than expected and needed to start looking to hire a few more massage therapists. (This processes is actually harder than you think)
Late March , April & May found all of us at the RI USMT office busy as little beavers getting our athletes ready for the up-coming athletic season.. our marathon athletes and the beginning of our Sports Massage Event Schedule... yes.. yes.. we have one of those.
Our first big stop on the event calendar was the Wounded Warrior Games! This was our 3rd year providing sports massage at this incredible event which takes place out at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center & Air Force Academy. Great week providing that much needed
spectacular sports massage service to this deserving group of military athletes.
Kristen & I traveled to NC on two (2) separate occasions to help the NC AMTA develop their own SPORTS MASSAGE TEAM and prepare them for their first big event... Raleigh 70.3 Ironman Triathlon. This was a lot of fun providing a training to very talented massage therapists... you know the kind that want to learn new things and who are willing to "let go" of old -antiquated information and bad habits they have carried with them from school... that's a tough one, can you imagine how hard that is?
It's also difficult to get someone to "buy into" a new concept that is virtually non -existent in the massage field... that's why the USMT is extremely successful.. we are "trail blazers" and have learned from the BEST! ( Thank you Peter, Celeste & Karen ~ we appreciate you!) However, those that wanted to succeed are still with us! :o) Educating the sports massage therapist's in our profession 1 day at a time.
As much excitement as I have had up to this point it's clearly not over.. not even by a long shot.
JUNE found me out in California with my athlete Demetrius Andrade AKA ~ "Boo Boo" who is a professional boxer. I 've been with this kid ( I say kid because he is like my second son) since 2008 where we met at the Beijing Olympics. :o) we have been together ever since. My job was to "tune him up" & keep him injury free. That's always my job and I gotta say I really enjoy it ~ sometimes more than you know. Yes, there is a devilish grin right there and that chuckle too.
JULY found me, Gunny, Kristen & her son Jon on vacation ... on the beach! 1 week on the beach of just pure relaxation... with some "training"~ running, biking and swimming. However, we know a FEW Marines that were "busted up" so we set up a "make shift" sports massage tent to help them out. The funny thing is we were camping in tents on the beach... so needless to say everyone & his brother where coming through the woodwork to see about getting a free massage... sorry but there is no free massage here! It's always funny (not) when people find out that you are a massage therapist and all of a sudden they are grabbing their backs and saying something cliché about getting a massage... So then make an appointment, pay for it and get one! UUHHHGGG!
The end of July found all of us at the USMT office competing in the open water "Crabman Sprint Tri"... it's also where I injured but fixed my long standing leg injury... don't ask, its a long story... however there was a "silver lining" to this calamity... sorry but I can't help but laugh.
Because of this Kristen & I wouldn't be participating in our first 1/2 marathon... next year!
August was busy , very busy but it was also my dad's 70th birthday so my sisters & brother's decided to have a party for him... wowa what fun!!
So, needless to say September was a blur and October was jam packed with events and activities and the actual move to NC and the opening of the new USMT office on Camp Lejeune at Wallace Creek!
October found me in:
Lake Placid NY for the Team Trials of Bobsled, Skeleton & Luge
Camp Lejeune NC
Marine Corps Marathon, Washington DC
November was a blur as well... I did a lot of DRIVING all over the place.
I also went out to Corpus Christi TX for Boo Boo's World Championship Fight, what a great trip and yes it's awesome to be ring side for your fighters fight and the ultimate outcome! WORLD CHAMPION!!