Give us a little background about yourself. By day I’m a webmaster for a non-partisan, non-profit association that provides county officials statewide with education and training, legislative reporting, and research assistance. By night — when I’m not being a caped, vigilante crime-fighting superhero — I can usually be found re-loading the dishwasher after my husband, who doesn’t care about efficient loading methods, or hanging out with my two mutts: Manny and Audra.
How did you hear about CCF? I blame Katie T. entirely. Did you know she’s really good at endurance? With the running and OCRs, yes, but also when it comes to listening to me complain about the same thing 20 times. (It was way more than that.) Each time I’d say how I really needed to get active, she told me about how CrossFit could be adapted so that I could complete workouts that were a challenge for me, but also fun and interesting. I don’t have that kind of patience for whining… I’m so glad Katie just continued to remind me that there was at least one more option out there for me to try.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I don’t like to admit this, but in second grade I had a mullet. It was the mid-80s – they were very confusing times for an elementary school kid. And it was actually the height of fashion for a kid from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Don’t judge me…
What music can we find currently playing in your car? The radio is normally tuned to NPR, but I enjoy a little bit of every genre. (I feel like I’m aging myself…)
What current things are you working toward when it comes to your health, training, career or personal life? I’m working on trying new things. If you aren’t entirely happy with where you are in regard to health, training, career, or personal life, then always doing the same thing is not going to get you anywhere different. So, I’m pushing myself to cook healthy meals, to try new exercise movements, to continue my education, and to meet new people and have new experiences.
Tell us about your most memorable workout from CCF – I’ve blocked the specifics of the couple I nearly passed out after from my memory, so I’d have to say 15.4. It was the first Open workout I did on a Saturday morning with everyone else. I loved being able to do the scaled work out (because, let’s be honest, I had to do the masters’ workouts for most of the Open) and having people there cheering and encouraging me to pick up the bar.
Greatest accomplishment – With regard to life in general? I earned a masters degree in public administration last year. I’m pretty proud of that. With regard to CrossFit? Completing my first comp and coming in next-to-last, but still feeling like a million bucks. I trained for it, worked hard during the comp, and felt like a boss for finishing.
What would you tell someone who is interested in Training with CCF? I feel like I should note that training at CCF is adaptable to meet people where they are in their efforts to become healthy and athletic. I think though, most importantly, that people should know how supportive the atmosphere is. You can be exactly who you are here, and if that’s a geek in a gaming tee who has yet to be able to do a pull-up, you’re still likely to get a fist bump or a “good job” from someone who has noticed how hard you’ve been working.