HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTO SPORTS? IF SO WHAT DID YOU PLAY, EVENTS YOU DONE, FITNESS ROUTINES YOU HAVE TRIED?
I have always been into sports. Beginning in the first grade, I tried as many sports as possible. By the time I was in high school, I had explored everything from gymnastics, to tennis, to volleyball. I settled on running as my sport of choice, and ran Cross Country and Track in junior high and high school. Throughout adulthood, I ran for pleasure to relieve stress. I still run occasionally, if forced, but my new favorite sport, besides CrossFit, is mountain biking.
BIGGEST CF ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Thus far, my biggest CrossFit accomplishments have been: 1) competing in my first competiton and 2) being able to do some Rx weights in some WODs. In a matter of a few months, I went from barely being able to lift a bar over my head, to being fit enough to compete and hold my own in a competition. It is an amazing feeling.
CF GOAL FOR THE FUTURE?
My goals to CrossFit thus far have been to keep my goals short-term and achievable. No CrossFit Games for me. Instead, my newest goal is to Rx every WOD that I tackle.
FAVORITE PAST TIME?
I love to be outside. Whether I am hiking or riding mountain bike trails with my husband and daughter, being outside helps to relax and feel connected with the Lord. It centers me. It is a good thing that I enjoy being active, because my second favorite past time is eating. I love food. Throw in some family or friends and a good conversation and I am a happy girl.
FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL?
Hands down, my favorite cheat meal is pizza. I especially like to chase my pizza with a good slice of cake…or two.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE WHO IS SCARED TO TRY CROSS FIT?
I realize that all the CrossFitters that you see in the media all look like decedents of Thor. Not all CrossFit athletes look like that, and looking like an Asgardian is not a prerequisite. Before I began, I did not realize the versatility of CrossFit. Every workout can be modified to fit your fitness level and to accommodate recovery from past injuries. You do not need to be in shape to get started. Also, you feelings of intimidation and fear betray you. They are keeping you from feeling good about yourself and making some great connections. From the moment my husband and I entered the box (gym) we were warmly received and drawn into a community. No one was out to show us up and make us feel like fat losers (no meat heads kissing their biceps in the corner or make-uped princesses eyeing me when I walked by). There is a sense of community that helps me overcome defeating thoughts. Just walk through the door.