It's Been One Year, But Seems Like an Eternity

Mike Coval
March 15, 2021

March 15th, 2020

I've got an agenda for the day, but I honestly don't know if I get anything done that I had intended to.

I remember spending the morning at the gym stressing out like crazy. Scrambling around figuring out what the hell I was going to do.

I remember the clients that were in that morning. We didn't really know what was to come, but people were starting to get uncomfortable. We already had about 10 clients who indefinitely put their accounts on hold. I also remember that morning there was a client doing Hatfield Squats with gloves on. It was a very uncertain time, and as that morning wore on I became even more uncertain.

I'm not even exaggerating here when I say that I went back and forth in my head 13 times or so on whether we were going to stay open or close down.

Around 430 that day I was on the phone talking about this with my CFO and I remember him reassuring me that everything would be fine and we would back at it in a couple of weeks.

It was around 8 PM that night when I sent out an email to clients saying that we would be closed for the next 2 weeks.

As we know, the 2 weeks turned into 3 months and the rest is history.

A year later and things are finally starting to look promising with the vaccine being distributed and pretty soon to the masses.

It's been one helluva ride over the past year.

This email was sparked by a conversation I had with a client this past weekend. We discussed when she started training at the gym and acknowledged that even though it was only a year and a half ago that she started, that it seemed like an eternity because of COVID.

That conversation made me do some reflection and I've been playing the past year in my head over and over like it's a viral YouTube video.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to you all.

Thank you for continuing to support me and read my writings through this newsletter.

Thank you to those of you continued to pay during the shutdown even though we weren't open.

Thank you to those of you who came back and trusted that we could provide you with a safe environment to train in and help you become a little bit more resistant to the virus.

Thank you to those of you who check in from time to time to let me know how you're doing and ask how I'm doing. Side note: if I send you a text and you haven't heard from me in a while I know it may seem a bit weird as you haven't heard from me in quite some time, but my check-in is genuine. I think about many of you more than you think and simply want to know how you're doing. I have very little capacity to take on more clients so I promise you I'm not going to ask if/when you're coming back and try to sell you on anything.

It's been a wild year and I'm grateful that you all have been a part of the ride with me/us.

Thank you!

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