For five weeks this year, Emily Beers obsessed about the CrossFit Games Open—so much so that she became “a less-focused coach, a more scatterbrained writer, a more careless friend, daughter and girlfriend.”
But after such a month of “self-induced stress,” Beers stumbled upon an opportunity to gain some perspective: a trip to Haiti, when one of the members of CrossFit Vancouver planned to travel to the Caribbean country for charity work yet again.
“Having an opportunity to do something like this, to do some charity work in the poorest country in North America and one of the poorest countries in the world, is going to be quite an experience,” Beers said.
The objective was to get to a place where she could be more relaxed and joyful.
“I’m anticipating a shift in perspective,” said Beers, who finished second in the Open in Canada West and completed 13.5 shortly before heading to Haiti.
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Additional reading: Three Days in Haiti, Part 1: Meet Julie Roberts by Emily Beers, published June 3, 2013.