How did you get started with CrossFit?

The starting part took a bit.  Months before I actually started, I saw an advertisement for a CrossFit intro class.  “Get into the best shape of your life” they stated, that sounded pretty good.  I asked a few friends, but no one would go with me.  In November, my friend Sara won an intro to CrossFit for 2 at our PTO auction, and she remembered I was interested.  I was very out of shape, and wondered if I should do something else first to get in shape for CrossFit, but I went anyway.  It was a December night in 2015 we walked in for our first taste of CrossFit, I quickly became hooked for more, and signed on for regular classes in January 2016.

Where do you find motivation/inspiration to keep going during a tough WOD?

This one is hard to describe, what goes on in the mind is a complex thing sometimes.  I know quitting is not an option; sometimes I wonder what I’ve voluntarily gotten myself into, but I think that I am someone who perseveres.  What keeps me going is a practice of presence, purpose and keeping my mind right.  I picked up a lesson on being present in life a few years ago during a leadership training.  Show up every single moment like you are meant to be there.  That applies to not only CrossFit, but life in general.  When I have a hard CrossFit WOD (aren’t they all hard), I’m purposely there to do the work, there’s no quit, and I need to keep moving through it and finish.  I do have some sort of a zone I drop into during the really intense WODs, in that I don’t hear music or much of what’s going on around me.  And my expression gets a bit crazy I’ve been told, but we are not here to be pretty.  It’s always a great feeling of accomplishment when I do complete a really tough workout, always worth it and never regrettable.

I competed last weekend in my first individual CrossFit competition.  I really enjoyed the experience, felt confident coming into the day and nervous, but wondered after the fact if I could have done a few things differently to improve my performance.  I think there is always room for improvement.  I like to read CrossFit related articles, and came across a book that’s on its way to me, “The Invictus Mindset:  An Athletes Guide to Mental Toughness”.  I hope to learn more about the practice of visualization, find some things to help the nerves and doubt that creep into tough WODS, and pass some competition knowledge on to my son as he competes in wrestling and other sports.

“Be twice as powerful as you think you are” –Atticus

What is something that never fails to make you smile?

Deadlifts.  Heavy deadlifts, high rep deadlifts in a WOD, even the new KB Burpee Deadlifts.  It’ really hard not to have a good day and smile when it includes deadlifts.  I like to party, and by party I mean deadlift.

And besides deadlifts, there’s this boy who calls me Mom.  My son, Remington, is always a bright spot in my day and life.  He’s intelligent, thoughtful, playful, and athletic – he certainly has been a blessing in my life, and I’m grateful to be his Mom.

He was definitely a motivator in my early days of undertaking CrossFit.  He was 7 at the time, and I had a very general goal of keeping up with him.  Since then and today, I feel like I’m setting a great example for him to be strong, healthy and work hard.   I’ve had some pretty special opportunities to do CrossFit work alongside him, in the Parent Child Class in late 2016, and we signed up together to do the Bullet Point Open in January.  We spent our Sunday afternoons together at Themis, and that was an awesome experience for both of us. We worked our tails off together.  BAMF might mean something different to you, but for us, it’s Boys and Mom Fitness, at least until he’s a little older.   It’s my hope when he’s a little older, that we will find and he will agree to do a CrossFit comp with his Mom.  Hopefully I’ll still be kind of cool to him then!

Why is CrossFit such an important part of your life?

CrossFit has been a catalyst for change in me over the past 16-17 months.  I feel like it’s been a life saver, prompting a healthier lifestyle in movement and nutrition, as well as all the benefits beyond the physical self in happiness and confidence.  Probably the best part about CrossFit is the community of people I have met and made new friendships with.  I’m definitely motivated, inspired and drawn to the people of CrossFit.  They know how to work hard and have fun!  I am truly grateful for the great people in my life that I would not have met if it wasn’t for CrossFit.

I am also excited to be in my 40’s, and at an above average fitness and strength level, doing things I would never have imagined or thought possible.  I look forward to the opportunities ahead to keep working and improving, and having a great time in the journey with some pretty amazing and badass people.

“It’s better to look back on life and say, I can’t believe I did that, than to look back and say, I wish I did that.”

Bacon?

I love this question!  Definitely YES!  I enjoy bacon with eggs, bacon with broccoli, bacon with potatoes…My favorite bacon is our homemade goose bacon.  My family did quite a bit of goose hunting last fall, and had a good harvest season.  With a goose-pork mixture, smoked some pretty amazing goose bacon to enjoy.  Yum!