What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Working out has been a big part of my life for so long and I was sad to leave my gym in So CA. I was taking a class at that gym called Hard Knocks, which was similar to CF in a small group setting and loved the structure of the class. I think what I enjoyed most about it was all of the wonderful people I've met and friendships created.
When we moved to Sandpoint, I joined a local gym but every time I would go workout, no one was there and there definitely wasn't any classes like this. I was just going through the motions and starting to lose some motivation. I had seen a flyer about a kids/teen CF camp that was being put on during the summer and wanted my kids to do something other than just sit around all summer. When I dropped my kids off, I knew I had found what I was looking for and signed up the next week.
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
My first impression was that it felt like I had come home. Everyone was so warm and welcoming from the members to every single coach. I think what stands out the most is that there are no egos. Everyone is there to help and support you no matter if you've been doing CF for years or it's day one and you don't know what you are doing. I really enjoy working out with everyone and look forward to going day after day
What was your first success?
I think my first success would be participating in the Open and doing one of the workouts (17.3, I think) Rx'd. It was a last minute decision and it felt great!
What are you working on now?
I've really enjoyed taking Bill's Kung-Fu lifting classes. I love both those lifts and want to continue getting stronger. Pull-ups are still my nemesis, as well as linking toes 2 bar and hand stand push-ups. Overall, I'm working on being a better athlete, trying to improve a little bit each day and to keep my nutrition on track.
What’s your favorite CrossFit Sandpoint memory?
There are a couple that stand out....most recently, I got paired with Chad & Val for a team workout of power cleans, thrusters and box jumps. I so badly wanted to do this workout Rx'd but had to drop down in weight on the thrusters. It was still more weight than I had ever done in the past. They weren't pretty but I did them and both Chad and Val were supporting me the whole time. Another recent memory is hitting some PR's in the snatch & clean and jerk!