Re: Write this name on your hand
Amanda Miller passed away on Friday. She was one of the athletes who competed at the CrossFit Games last year. She had every intent to compete again this year, not as an individual athlete, but representing her affiliate in the affiliate cup. She just ran out of time. She lost an 8 month battle against melanoma.
I had the incredible fortune of being her roommate for a good chunk of 2009, taking her from her post-Games prep through her surgery to remove the first tumor. We became close and I got to see up close and in person just what it takes to build a beast. That determination and mental hardness is what allowed her to fight so long. The odds were against her from the start, and she never wanted to be classified as "terminal", even when she was battling hepatic failure for months on end.
She had a heart of gold and always wanted to do the right thing in everything she did. She motivated so many people both in her good times and after she became symptomatic, to push harder, lift harder, run faster. I know she lit a fire under my rump when we met. I remember it was the first time I was swinging a 24 kg KB, and she just yelled at me to make it my b****.
I ran in a 200 mile relay this weekend. I could pretty much hear her telling me she thought I was crazy, and then asking if she could run it with me next year. Well, she ran it with me this year, yelling at me to get up that hill, chew up those miles, and blow it all out in the last 800 m of each leg.
Rest easy, Amanda. You'll kick my a** again when my days are up.