I could have used a boat this morning at Coca CrossFit. 1-to get there and 2-to use once I got there.
Over the last 72 hours Cleveland got over a foot of snow, followed up last night with like a foot of rain. The combination proved to create a sheer volume of water that our area was unable to handle. There was literally 2-3 inches of standing water throughout my entire space. Talk about getting caught off guard on a Monday.
Thank god a few of my 5am crew were there to help me from losing it. I wanted to break down crying in a ‘what did I do to deserve this?’ kind of way. But the last thing you want to do is lose it in front of your members. So we all got our feet soaking wet as we hurried to get what we could off the floor, like electrical wires that were running through the water.
The good part of a CrossFit gym flooding is we don’t have much that can be ruined by water. The floor will dry, after all, they’re designed to be in barns. The plates, bars and kettlebells are pretty water resistant and most of the things that could have been ruined by the water were up on our shelves.
It’s been a real lesson in not worrying about what you can’t control. There was NO way I could have controlled the flooding. The water was 4 inches deep on the outside of the building. Even if we did suck up the water, it would have just come back in. Nothing got ruined that I know of, and if it did, it can all be replaced. It’s just ‘stuff’. I still have my health and the things that really matter.
Instead I sent out the bat signal that we were flooded and we wouldn’t be hosting classes today and headed out to work on my todo list. Here, 7 hours later the water has been sucked up, four fans are blowing like crazy and we’ll be back open tomorrow. While it’s inconvenient for sure, it’s not life ending, and we’ll have a great story to tell in the future.