I'm from Aurora but live in Elgin.
How long have you been CrossFitting for?
Feb. 1st 2014....just hit my 1 year mark
Does marching band count? I was a total band nerd. I played the saxophone and I was in the colorguard.
I joined the Marine Corps at 17 and that's when I started working out regularly. I've ran 6 half marathons and a bunch of 5ks. That's the extent of my athleticism.
What were your thoughts after your very first WOD?
I think it sucked so bad I've blocked it from my memory. But it couldn't have been too bad since I came back.
What is something no one knows about you?
To go with my band nerdiness, I have been playing the bag pipes for about 3 years now. I am in the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band and we compete all summer all over the Chicago-land area. We are currently getting ready for our competition season. During the warmer weather we practice at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. I'm also doing the solo competition for the first time this year, which kinda terrifies me. But, I'm an all or nothing girl.
What are your training/fitness goals?
I guess I don't really have 1 goal. Consecutive double unders would be amazing!! Really, I just like pushing myself. I like seeing how far I can go. I like seeing the difference a couple months can make in the amount of work during a WOD I can complete.
What is your favorite CrossFit WOD?
Murph. It's the first WOD I did with my husband and it's named after an exceptional man who gave the ulitmate sacrifice for his country....as are all the Hero WODS.
What is your least favorite CrossFit WOD?
Thrusters really suck. I'm not a fan of snatches either. It used to be anything with burpees, but I'm learning to have a love/hate relationship with them.
What is your favorite cheat food?
Chips and dip and popcorn and anything else completely unhealthy for you....and a good cold beer.
What's your favorite thing about CrossFit?
Hands down, the people. I have not met anyone I don't like. Everyone is so encouraging. The coaches are great at pushing you while keeping you within your own limits.
Any advice for people just getting started?
It's going to be hard. And sometimes it's going to really suck. And you're going to wonder why you keep coming back. But it's so completely worth it. There is nothing greater than getting through a hellacious WOD, and you're laying there and you think....I just did that. And you realize at that moment, how much stronger you are now than you were before that WOD began. CROSSFIT isn't just about the physical. It also challenges you mentally and it proves that you can do more than you think.