First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
I am really pretty simple. Most of my time/interest is taken up with caring for my family. My son Griffin (16), daughter Zoie (13), dog Vapor, and husband Stephen. You may hear me rant about them but it has been the most satisfying job I have ever had (although sometimes not so much). Ask anyone in my family what I enjoy doing and they will say getting “the job” done. I love having a task to complete, which is why I think enjoy being a mom/wife. There is always something to be done.
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
Steve Burke is how I got involved in CrossFit. He wanted to give it a try and pushed me to go, telling me that it was something we could do together. I had never been a “group fitness” person and I am really bad at following directions. I enjoyed working out alone with my headphones on and just giving a nod to others in the gym. I am not super social; that is the truth. I like to get it done and move on to the next task. Steve was referred to Paul and the new Box he was about to open. We went to Foundations and truly enjoyed Paul’s enthusiasm and encouragement.
What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout?
I am more of a done and gone kind of girl. Not much room in my brain for what I did the day before. I have two memories that stand out from the beginning. First was my inability to use my legs and there was the grabbing the wall to sit on the toilet and the cringing with every step up and down stairs. Second was working with either the snatch or thruster. It was pretty crowded and I was sweating, which to me meant I was doing it correctly. Coach Jeff approached me and asked me what I was doing. I said “the lift” and he said “Uhm, no I think you are making up your own lift.” He kindly showed me what I needed to do. I tried my best but mostly laughed every time that I did it.
What are your current and future training goals?
My personal goals are to string my kipping pull-ups to more then 2 at a time, improve my double unders, and increase my endurance.
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
To be honest, I don’t have a favorite. I enjoy WODs that have a variety of activities and no math.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
Anything that involves going upside down and jumping high.
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
Pull-ups as I have always wanted to be able to do one. I have done it, box checked.
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
Tough question. No real preference, I just want to sweat!
Do you eat Paleo/Zone?
What sugar is not an option? I would say 65% paleo. Depends on the day and my mood.
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
- My siblings nicknamed me baby beast and created a song and titled “brown noser” about me. Don’t worry, I have seen a therapist to deal with that.
- I dislike surprises.
- Designed, made and installed a 4000 ceramic tile installation at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf in 1993 as my senior thesis. I truly miss being creative.