First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?

My family always comes first. I love to cook, read, AND play Scrabble and Trivia games on my iPad.

How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?

Almost three years ago a new friend suggested that I buy a Living Social deal with her for Bootcamp. I was pretty intimidated but called CFS and Coach Paul told me that anyone could do it. He was right!

I was always putting the needs of my husband and kids ahead of mine. Devoting one hour a day to “me” has been the best thing I have ever done, both mentally and physically!

What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout?

I was in Bootcamp for awhile, too scared to cross over to the “dark side.” The one workout that stands out in my mind was “Death by Air Squats”. I had trouble walking for a month after that!

One very vivid memory I have occurred as I was entering the box to attend Bootcamp. Deborah was finishing up a workout where she came running in the back door and then immediately started a rope climb. I almost turned and walked out the door!

What are your current and future training goals?

To continue getting stronger, run better, get a da@n pull-up, and stringing together more than two double-unders in a row.

What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?

I like most lifts but feel that my back squat is the strongest.

What is your least favorite activity or lift?

Overhead squats and wall balls. 

What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?

My 178# deadlift! I have four ruptured discs and my doctor told me I couldn’t lift heavy weights. Thanks to the amazing coaching at CFS I’ve been slowly and carefully strengthening my core and my back never hurts!

What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?

Strength, followed closely by conditioning. 

Do you eat Paleo/Zone?

I eat about 75% Paleo.

What are 3 fun facts about yourself?

1.  I wouldn’t call it fun, but most of you know I have a crazy tick disease called Alpha Gal 1,3. I have an anaphylactic reaction if I accidentally eat any mammalian meat or by-product of it, bacon included!

2.  I have four great kids and one grandson.

3.  I am the COO of a small wine importing company, Conquista Imports.

4. (I had to add one.) I love gardening!