How long have you done CrossFit and what was your reason for joining?
I’ve been doing CrossFit since February 2014. So, exactly one year sans a 4-month hiatus while I had knee surgery. My original reason for joining was to train for my first “Tough Mudder” event. My 40th birthday was right around the corner and I’d never had a consistent exercise regimen. I only had 7 months to get in shape for what’s deemed the “toughest event on the planet”, so I knew I didn’t have time to mess around trying to figure out a program in a regular gym setting.
What’s your favorite workout (Movement/Lift/Benchmark etc.) and favorite post workout food?
My favorite lift is the Dead Lift. Doesn’t matter how sore, or tired I am, when I see DL posted for the WOD, I jump out of bed and grab my keys. I also like workouts that include 400-800 meter runs. I sorta can’t believe I just typed that though because I was always the girl who HATED to run. CrossFit changed that for me because running is so much easier when you have strong muscles moving your body.
Favorite post-workout food? Triple, Venti cappuccino from Starbucks drive-thru on my way home. Oh, wait… I’m supposed to say something healthy? My healthy version would be a chocolate protein shake box from Costco followed by simple scrambled eggs w/ mushrooms, onion and spinach.
What’s your least favorite workout (Movement/Lift/Benchmark etc.) and favorite cheat meal?
Least favorite workout would be the 14.5 workout from 2014 CrossFit Games Open. That workout was almost 30 minutes of Thrusters and Over-the-Bar Burpees. It’s been the only CrossFit workout so far that I actually thought I couldn’t finish. But I did. And it was my fellow crossfitters who got me through it. That has to be the best part of this sport – the people. Everyone gives CrossFit a hard time for everyone being so close and ‘cultish’, but I can promise you, I would have quit exercising after a month or so – just like every time before – if it wasn’t for the amazing support you get from your coaches and friends. People pushing harder than they ever have and reaching goals together they never even fathomed possible creates a pretty strong bond and support system.
What is your next goal? i.e. doubles, pull ups, weight loss, body fat%, come more etc.
Being 100% again. I had to have my ACL replaced and the meniscus in my left knee removed (injury not from doing CrossFit!) a number of months ago, so I’m just now able to do modified WODs again. Right now I just want to continue building strength in my knee - in the right way – so I can get back to doing everything I love. My goals for 2015: participate in a local CrossFit competition and run my first half-marathon in the fall.