Today Celina gets the spot light as it is her birthday! Her Partner In Crime and best friend, Amanda, has written a great bday post, enjoy!
As you have seen around CFI, the bromance challenge has been brought. A month ago, you heard Celina’s side of the story. Well, thanks to Pat’s offer to let me write Celina’s birthday post, it is now time to return the favor. (Thanks, Pat!)
For starters, Celina also goes by Bina. While I wasn’t present for that story, I do know its origin – her younger brother called her Bina when he was first learning to speak. The name stuck so well, she even has a jelly bean integrated into her Claddagh ring-inspired tattoo.
One of my favorite aspects of crossfit and training at CFI is the partnerships you develop with your fellow classmates. You push each other, you challenge each other, and you hold each other accountable for a good lift and correct technique. Bina is right by my side challenging me to do better, lift heavier, use better form. Additionally, she is my goat standard. Every one of my goats is her strength – how’s that for a best friend and WOD partner?!? As such, I thought she deserved the honor of having a WOD named after her. These aren’t her only strengths; these are the highlights. And yes, this will hurt. I am NOT looking forward to Celina…
5 Rounds for Time
Last summer at Bryant’s farewell, we forged our friendship… over beers, brats, and corn hole. And it was also the first night Lali (me) slept on the couch followed by eggs and bacon breakfast the next morning. Quickly, we realized we had a ton in common, and we would become darn close to inseparable. We cook our week’s meals together during the weekends. Celina helped me to learn how to be successful through a Whole30 – she even did it with me!
What do you say about the person who is your best friend? We have shared so many laughs, cries, and celebrations just in the past year. I look forward to the many more…Ben & Jerry’s included!
Celina is super-woman. She is in law school – rocking her first year! And yes, I’ll brag, she did so well that she now has a scholarship to attend her top choice law school (Pepperdine)! She is ALL IN – pushing herself and others to excellence in all ways. In top of that, Pat recently returned from Afghanistan, so law school, a two year old, husband in combat – yes, she is super-woman!
I think the most important story to tell is the friend Celina is to everyone who knows her and especially the friend she has been to me. Celina is the exact opposite of a fair weather friend…Yes, we have celebrated the best of times, and we have mourned the toughest of times, too. Celina is the friend who is there right when you need a friend the most.
As many know, I had shoulder surgery last year. Celina was there. She and her wonderful family supported me during the one week she happened to have off from work before she started law school. She dropped me off at the hospital, and she picked me up while I was drugged up. (She and my dad still joke about that… apparently I sounded really funny.) She cared for me. When I was the most vulnerable I have ever been in front of anyone, she was there with such grace and care, keeping my dignity in my weakness. I will not get into the details, but suffice to say, I needed help, and Celina was there. I cannot describe a more loyal and loving friend.
That is the amazing friend I have.
Poor Pat, Roberta, and Land dad (Celina’s parents) have to listen to the “Why do we talk?” as we finish each other’s thoughts, sentences, and (usually without prior planning) pick the same clothes for a WOD or anything else… seriously. Why do we talk? The answer – so everyone else can appreciate our humor, of course!
Happy birthday to the best friend anyone can hope to find!
3 Rounds for time- 20 Min time cap