First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
I’m a 38 year old Capricorn that likes long walks on the beach, a solid head scratch and the Price is Right. Barker years of course. I’ve yet to officially recognize Drew Carey. Oh yeah, I also enjoy golf, fishing, live music and good food. A scenic hike and deep powder turns make me smile too.
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
I owe it to a neighbor friend of mine. Mary Jo was in her late 50’s and was always in incredible shape. I on the other hand was rocking a record gut that was approaching 1/4 keg status. My toddler daughter was also running circles around me, and some days I couldn’t seem to find the energy to keep up. Anyway, I asked her what her secret was and started to tell me about CrossFit. 2-1/2 years later, here we are. It’s been a good life choice for me in so many ways.
I should also thank Jaclyn. I came pretty close to giving it up about 6 months in. She would give me a hard time and challenge me to get in more frequently.
What was the first workout that you completed?
Can’t recall. I just remember it being a dose of reality in terms of how out of shape I was. I almost vomited in the gravel out back after the WOD. More importantly though, that first workout made me realize that CrossFit was my type of fitness. It was relatively efficient as far as the amount of time required, it was as challenging as I wanted to make it and CrossFit was somewhat competitive. I’ve always been drawn to competitive sports.
What are your current and future training goals?
Although lofty, I’d like to stick a 200# snatch before the year is up. I’m also trying to improve my double-unders. They’re my kryptonite.
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
I like a good, heavy, squat clean. It’s amazing how much of a role form and speed play in a successful lift. Unfortunately I tend to make a clean harder than it needs to be. It doesn’t help when your brain is telling you that its probably not a good idea to commit to jumping under a heavy barbell, but when you do, and do it right, its rewarding.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
My least favorite movement would have to be overhead lunges. The worst burn in my opinion.
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
I suppose my 235# C&J or 175# snatch. To me, the snatch is like a golf swing. There are so many micro pieces that need to line up in order for it to be efficient and successful. I like the detail involved. PR’ing a clean and jerk just makes you smile and want to bang your chest.
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
It’s a toss up. Lately I’ve been into conditioning and trying to work on my mental roadblocks. I look at conditioning as 2/3 body and 1/3 mind. The mental midget in me always wants to pump the brakes when I’m in the middle of a good cardio workout, but I’m learning little mind games that help me pace and push harder, longer.
Shepard’s pie will always be close to my heart. I’ll also never turn away a legit yellow curry with chicken. Fish tacos don’t suck either.
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
I’ve had three pretty good near-death experiences ☠️.
Three years ago I was flying from San Diego to Denver and the plane’s engine caught fire. As luck would have it, my seat was right behind the wing. I had a front row look at this turbine engine turned flame-thrower and remember not being able to comprehend what was happening. Luckily the pilots were able to shut the engine off and the plane was able to make a safe emergency landing.
Coincidentally, the other two involve almost being trampled by wildlife.
When I was in my early twenties, a pretty stout bull moose charged me while I was snowboarding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had accidentally missed a switchback and ended up a few 100 yards out of bounds. I was forced to pull my board off and walk back up the hill in chest-deep snow. Halfway up I heard some branches snap and turned to see a moose grunting and running at me (picture the sound Craig makes when he deadlifts). Thankfully he pulled up about 30 feet short behind some trees. Pretty sure he sensed my extreme testosterone and it caused him to submit. It may have been the urine in my long johns that turned him away too. We’ll never know.
Another time I was fly fishing in Yellowstone and I inadvertently snuck up on a mama Buffalo and her calf. She wasn’t thrilled. Fortunately she also let me sneak off.