First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
I am originally from Connecticut and lived in NYC for almost 9 years, including my time in college at NYU. I met my husband, David, in NYC in 2008 while he was living there for a summer internship, and I relocated to North Carolina in 2014, where David was already living. We moved to Sweetwater (just around the corner from CFS) in April 2018 from downtown Raleigh. We just celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary and have a one year old rescue puppy, Kona, named after our favorite beer, Kona Brewing’s KoKo Brown. We love exploring the triangle for the best restaurants and bars!
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
I have grown increasingly passionate about health and wellness, and exercise has always been a priority for me. In recent years, I found myself bouncing back and forth between spinning and barre classes, but would plateau every few months. I could never find the right balance of cardio and strength. Several friends, having found their own success with it, suggested David and I try CrossFit. I knew David would like it, but I was pretty nervous – I wasn’t sure if I’d be good at it, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like the results on my body. But since we live so close to CFS, we decided to give it a try. Almost 7 months later, and I’m so glad we did! I feel strong, empowered, and proud of my capable body. And I love the community at CrossFit Surmount so much!
What was the first workout that you completed?
My first WOD was 4 rounds of 20 bar facing burpees and 20 power cleans. Marni scaled the numbers for me, and I distinctly remember messing it up. I thought I was allowed to break up the rep scheme – it was a mess. The first WOD I finished that really felt great was a few weeks later. It was a memorial workout for Baby Victor with descending run lengths and ascending power cleans. I was nervous all day for the running – despite loving fitness, I have actively avoided running my whole life. I wasn’t sure I’d actually be able to complete the workout, but I did! And now I actually love seeing runs in a WOD – I wouldn’t say I’m great at running, but I love that I’m getting better at it!
What are your current and future training goals?
Right now I really want to get DUs – I can get a few single DUs, and was recently able to string about 6 together in a WOD, but then wasn’t able to get the rhythm again. I also want to get more comfortable and efficient on the rig with TTB and pull ups. I love that C.O.R.E is allowing and pushing me to find my strength with weightlifting, so I just want to continue working hard and seeing improvements!
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
I don’t really have a favorite! I love seeing KB swings and box jumps in a WOD, and I like working on cleans. Except for wall balls (see next answer), I really like it all – I like powering through the things I feel good at, and working on the movements that are a challenge.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
Easiest answer – WALL BALLS. They are not kind to a short girl. I struggle with hitting the target and keeping a good rhythm. They are the one movement I don’t think I’m improving on so I dread them in a WOD.
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
The Open forced me out of my comfort zone in the most amazing ways. Before 19.2, my 1 RM for power cleans was 90 lbs, but I made it through the round of 11 reps of 95 lbs. Before 19.3, I had only gone upside down twice before (very timidly), but I completed 5 assisted HSPU. What I was most proud about was 19.4 – I had never attempted an unassisted pull up before, and my goal for the year was to be able to just get one. So my heart sank when the 19.4 scaled workout was posted. I promised myself I would just try to get a few done, and somehow managed to finish all 30 and complete 19.4 under the time cap. I could not believe it!
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
Conditioning might edge out weightlifting a bit, but I love CrossFit because of the balance of it all. It’s what my body has needed! I love speeding through a WOD with a ton of conditioning, but I also love watching the progress I’ve made on my weightlifting. It’s the combination of it all that makes me feel so good.
I can’t even begin to answer this question – I love everything!! I absolutely love to cook and I’m an adventurous eater. I truly live to eat!
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
- I minored in Food Studies in college – best curriculum ever!
- I studied abroad in Prague for a semester in college and was lucky to travel a lot in high school – I lived in Spain and India for two summers, and I traveled through Spain and Italy with my high school choir.
- I was an ice hockey goalie in high school, and David and I were season ticket holders for the Carolina Hurricanes last season.