What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
I started CrossFit in February 2015. I really knew nothing about it, but it had been a long winter, with no ski pass, and I was really out of shape. I also didn’t have any motivation to do anything to get myself back in shape. So one evening, I had a couple of beers and was feeling ambitious, and I saw the Foundations class advertisement. I signed myself up before I could think twice about it and back out. I consider it one of the best decisions I have ever made.
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
I don’t like to do things I’m not good at. As we all know, no one is good at CrossFit when they first start. Needless to say, I didn’t much care for it. But I had paid my money and was determined to stick it out. It took about 6 weeks for me to really start seeing progress, but as soon as I did, that’s when I went from not liking it to addicted. It was a fast jump for me. Now, I still wouldn’t necessarily say I’m “good” at CrossFit. CrossFit for me is more about the progress I see from day to day. I’m way better than where I started, but I still have a lot of goals to look forward to.
What was your first success?
I can still remember getting my first double under, first time getting 2 double unders in a row, first time kicking up into a handstand, and of course my first pull up. I’m pretty sure I shouted out to the gym at random, “I did it!” each time, and for multiple other “successes". I really feel like I’m making new accomplishments pretty much every week. But every once in a while, I go back in my email and look at the goals I had to tell Kenny about when I first signed up for CrossFit, and when I do that I really feel like I’ve been successful. Yes, I have the motivation to keep working out and “stick with it.” Yes, I eat much healthier. And Yes, I feel so much better about myself than I did when I sent that email. That’s the real success for me in doing CrossFit.
What are you working on now?
What am I not working on? I’m working on everything, everyday. I recently considered moving up to the Sport programming from Performance, and even tried it out for a couple of days. But right now, I want to keep working on, well everything, but really to do it to the best of my ability. And for me right now that's working on improving my mobility, managing my stress, and paying attention to what I eat and drink, so that when I show up every day I can give CrossFit my best. With those things in mind, I decided performance is perfect for me right now.
That being said I do have some specific things I have been working on or looking forward to, including:
I am really looking forward to doing Bill's weightlifting class and improving my form in the olympic lifts.
I’ve also started doing horse vaulting, and my goal is to do a cartwheel on the horse. There is no way I would even be considering something like that without having CrossFit! So while I’m at the gym, I’ve been working on kicking into handstands, etc, as drills to work towards that goal.
What’s your favorite CrossFit Sandpoint memory?
That’s such a hard one. I smile just thinking about yesterday’s workout. Right now I’m really proud of how I did in the open. My 17.4 workout was probably my favorite I’ve ever done for many reasons. One of those reasons was being able to compare myself to last year - and I kicked my own ass! Last year I was pretty happy with getting through 24 calories on the rower, and accomplishing my goal to “not hurt myself” on the deadlifts. This year, I just went for it, and was able to finish the row with 30 seconds to spare. Another reason that day is one of my favorite memories is because I did it on a Saturday, in the midst of open chaos. I love the gym environment of people competing and others cheering for them. The people in the gym cheering and yelling at me made 17.4 unforgettable. That’s my favorite memory right now, but with CrossFit, I have memorable moments almost every day.