Each month, in order to get to know our Centex community better, we are going to highlight an Athlete of the Month. This athlete has exhibited determination, growth, and a great attitude in the gym. They challenge and encourage their teammates on a daily basis and represent CrossFit Centex with pride.
For the month of June and in honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to highlight our June Athlete of the Month with someone who not only is an great dad to his kids but also the “father” of this gym, Richard Vincent. For those that do not know, Richard and his wife, Gina, started Crossfit Centex way back in 2008. Richard has been a huge contributor to the success of this gym and one of the main reasons our community is so awesome. If you have been at the gym for a while then you have certainly seen the involvement of Richard’s kids here. They have been a permanent fixture at the gym and it’s evident what a great dad Richard is. There are no doubts that his kids are his number one priority and he does whatever he can to help them be successful.
In honor of Father’s Day today, this quote is for all the dads.
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.”
Tell us little bit about you and your family.
Of course, there are six of us, but our kids are: Ryan 21, Maddie 18, Reid 13 and Ross 12. Ryan and Maddie are both in College, while the younger two attend school in Salado.
What is something we don’t know about you?
I am afraid I have no deep dark secrets, most everything there is to know about me is known.
When did you start crossfit? Why? Do you remember your first wod?
Now on to the CrossFit questions, I began in the end of 2006 when a friend told me about an interesting website called CrossFit. I would sit at the computer and watch the WOD videos and/or just read the daily WOD comments for hours. In the earlier days, it was not uncommon for Coach Gassman to post a response. I watched Nicole Carroll, Greg Amundsen, Annie Sakamoto, Eva Twardokens and the original Santa Cruz classes workout. The original comments were filled with posts by Jeremy Thiel, and a bunch of the original games athletes.
I do remember thinking the workouts looked very simple so I tried a few. One of the earliest WODs I recall was Fran which I tried in my garage with metal plates. The most addicting part of the early CrossFit experience for me was the clock. It took me nearly 20 minutes to do Fran the first time and I can recall wanting to do it over again and again to try to lower my time.
Eventually Mike Janczak, my original training partner, and I started to incorporate more CrossFit WODs into our training at the gym. We had no clue what we were doing, we just knew it hurt so it had to be working.
I signed up for my Level 1 cert shortly thereafter on August 16th 2008. Dave Castro, Dutch Lowy, Matt Murski and a few other old school CrossFit folks were my instructors.
I love the question about how CrossFit has changed my life.
I can honestly say it is not the workout methodology that should get the credit, though it has helped slow down the inevitable process of getting older. I have to say it is the community aspect of CrossFit that changed me more than I could have imagined. In the early days at CenTex there were less than 10 to 20 of us, and I found myself looking forward to seeing them as often as possible just to challenge each other, suffer together and laugh a lot.
Eight years and several hundred faces later I still look forward to seeing everyone at CenTex. It is my happy place, where I get to hang out with and compete against people who are tougher, stronger, faster, and just in a different league in many ways. Folks who would most likely never cross my path if it were not for CenTex. And yes I can recall many of the hundreds of athletes who have walked through the doors, and I can honestly say I miss each and every one that has left here. My best friends, my very best friends in this life are here.
Advice for newbie.
Read the CrossFit Journal article “Virtuosity” by Greg Gassman. Then read anything by Chad. If you do not read the Journal, then you must get a subscription. Then you will really appreciate the assets we have at CenTex.
Most memorable moments at CenTex
Wow this one is very bittersweet. Bad times, very sad times and a whole bunch of THE BEST DAYS EVER. Maybe I can just run a stream of thoughts together and then you can get an idea.
Meeting Jodi Miller who kicked started CenTex like no one else could have….
Fran and beer with Steve, Dris, Michael, Shawn, Blaine, Aaron…
meeting Cbass the first time around…….
Aaron Jackson the wild man and his inaugural Man Games (Markie M, Seth C, Damon, Kevin sorry we almost killed you guys)…
Gina and I driving to Georgetown every week just to train with Chad V (date night for CFers)…..learned about more than lifting from that great man and his wife.
BBQs at the box…Oktoberfest Obliterations with Steve, Matt T, Tug, LeAnn, Terry, Connie, and the celebratory feasts…..
every one of the All Cities Open comps I did with the same crew and others…. especially the cold, wet, late night ruck/race with Steve in 2014…then the worst WOD of my life at the same competition (still not right after that sled drag)…..
every Oly comp Chad and Jodi have helped me through…
Jeffro. Leslie and the crew at Masters Nats 2015……
Spartan suckfest with Lance…
conversations with Jodi in her office, where we both sorted through life and its challenges (love her like a sister, prob drive her nuts like a brother as well )….
hanging with Chad and LeAnn in San Antonio after all the lightweights gave up and went to bed…
watching Steph the warrior at Regionals…sipping coffee and kicking butt
Huron and Quandary 2015 and the camaraderie we all shared AND missing the Red Storm each and every day…….
having a place for my kids where everyone is an example of who you would like them to be someday…..
getting to workout with my wife and best friend of over 25+ years (they are the same person)…….
CFCTX marriages, real and practice runs (Jeffro may have video)…….
meeting LeAnn and then Terry (proven friends with servant’s hearts and the LEADERS of this great place)
meeting some of the best friends a guy can have and saying goodbye to a few….my Fortius crew and my fellow 5am ers….
I did not mention everyone, or every memory but trust me each of you has left a mark and there are a ton of really good stories….we can just save the best for ourselves, not everything has to be shared.
I just LOVE this place and everyone here.
Not sure I have a favorite, I like anything that fires me up especially from Jeffro, Cbass, Jodi or Steve.
But, I do take comfort in knowing that if God choses to answer or not answer a single prayer of healing, comfort, joy or whatever I feel I need here, I know his Grace alone was enough. He gave me that freely and at great cost, without my deserving it and it is more than I can ever ask for and it is more than i will ever need.