How did you discover The Combine [CSC] CrossFit? And how long have you been a member?
I’ve been coming to The Combine for 1.5 years now. Our facility was contacted by the Combine staff to help with swimming instruction. At that point I had been getting back into the gym a few times a week and my coworker suggested I try Crossfit thinking I might be good at it.
What has CrossFit at the Combine done for your personally? Physically?
When I started I was actually a little nervous because I knew how focused and detailed I can get within a sport. It had been good to get away from structure for a few years, but I’ve spent the majority of my life with a goal ahead of me. It’s my comfort zone, and stress relief. Crossfit is such a different beast than what I’m used to though. I spent 30 years in individual sports (10 years swimming, 20 years triathlon), totally focused on hours of monotonous repetition and minimal social interaction during training. Crossfit is waaaay different… Physically I have seen big changes as well: my posture is better, carrying groceries from the car in 1 trip is much easier, and I don’t need hours and hours and hours of exercise to be in good shape.
Who/what inspires/motivates you or why do you workout?
Before moving to Austin, I worked 15 years as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. I spent weeks/years teaching kids to do simple tasks like crawling, writing, or buttoning. I also got the opportunity to work with service men and women through Wounded Warrior programs. Both of these populations reminded me that we all have limitations and demons we struggle with. Barriers are a teaching tool, and community is more important that I ever realized. We are surrounded by a network of people willing to help, as long as we engage and use the resources we’ve been given. I’ve been blessed with talents and opportunities throughout my life – I hope to use them all to their fullest potential.
What is one of your favorite moments you’ve had in CrossFit?
I’ve loved the process so far. It was humbling to start back at square one in a sport, knowing I’d have to scale back most workouts while learning the details. But I told myself I’d take a year to ease into it, trying not to get hurt and focus on learning.
Crossfit has taught me a few things:
- Lean is different than strong
- Endurance and explosive power are totally different beasts, but equally important
- Attention to detail and strategy can win over brute strength
- Crossfit is an interesting sport – the combination of movements can favor any person, depending on your strengths and how you attack it.
What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’ve done a lot of sports, and new adventures outside of athletics. Every attempt to avoid a stagnant life, each goal met (no matter how small) is something to celebrate.
Have you hit any recent PR’s or achieved any other goal(s) in our outside of CrossFit? Any future goals?
I’ve been doing the Joules Watts classes the past 6 months and have seen a HUGE change. It’s forced me to find my weaknesses, emphasize the basics, and learn the small details that make the big difference. I’ve gotten more comfortable with Olympic lifts and stronger for sure. Future goals…? So many.
What are your favorite CrossFit workouts or exercises/movements?
Can’t say I have a favorite, but I definitely know what I don’t like:
- double unders or deadlifts
- anything shorter than 10 minutes….wait, 20 minutes.
- my hands tearing
When you are not working out, how do you spend your free time?
When I’m not working out, I am the head developmental swim coach at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy. I work closely with 120 kids aged 5-13 throughout the week, ranging from teaching the fundamentals of the sport to motivating the early stages of competitive swimming. When I’m not working, I enjoy time on my paddle board, swimming, concerts, hiking, camping, trying new food spots, shooting, archery, reading, cooking… Austin is a great town for someone carefree and single. Wish I were closer to family, but I’ve enjoyed my time in Austin so far