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// What was your life like prior to your CrossFit training and why did you want to start working with a coach?

Before CFJ, I spent lots of time running, biking and cross country skiing. I had gotten away from the strength component of training completely. A friend at work started and got hooked then convinced me that I needed to join, having a little competitive spirit who could say no. The normal routine was getting a bit repetitive and the idea of having a WOD posted daily by a coach was interesting.

// What have been your greatest challenges (physically, mentally, emotionally) since you began your CrossFit Training?

My biggest challenge at CFJ is still my Olympic lifts and most of the gymnastic movements. But, there is no better practice than having to do them in a WOD.

// What have been your greatest successes (physically,mentally or emotionally) since you began? How does your body feel now compared to when you started and WHY?

For me the nutrition side was a success since joining. Learning how to go Paleo was an experience. Not that I am anything close to 100% strict but it made me think about what I was eating. For my life since cross country ski racing stopped, I looked at training as a way to eat and drink when and whatever I wanted. During the challenge this January I was introduced to Paleo and I decided at my age I might as well learn how to keep the slippery slope of obesity, weakness and slowness out of the picture for a few more years.

I am stronger than I have been in a long time. On the physically side I am able to run and ski nearly as fast as when I trained specifically for those events and had to put more hours in to get the results.

Emotionally, CrossFit helped drive me to get back to 100% after an accident in March of 2012. Sitting on the sidelines and reading about the WODs and results everyday motivated me more and more to rest up and heal faster to get back to the box and start bringing it. It was tough though because I wanted to start back so bad but had to actually keep myself from even going to the box to watch as I knew I would have jumped into a workout to early.

// How has your life changed since starting CrossFit training? Has CrossFit transferred over into any other areas of your life?

My wife thinks I am crazy for how into this I have become. She thought I watched a little too much ESPN3 this past weekend, but I have slowly started her on the Kool-Aid so hopefully next year we will be watching the Games in person. Sports have always been an important part of my life and at this moment in time CrossFit is what keeps me sane.

// What are the advantages of CrossFit style training compared to your previous workout styles?

The sense of working in a group setting were everyone is giving it hell is a good time. Why won’t you really want to push 110% when you are working with everyone from 15 to 89 year olds, men and women all trying to get better at what they are doing? Nothing like a piece of humble pie when a Josiah kicks your butt on a muscle up workout, Rachel gives you hell on a running workout, Gordon is just Gordon pushing everywhere, Hinkle making me look like I have never done a sit up, Rowan hollow rocking like a fool, Julie and Kari linking butterfly pull-up’s, Tony’s bar muscle ups until he bleeds and Kristen core WODing the hell of me. Sorry if I left some of you others off that obviously have strengths that keep me honest. There is no better way to want to get better if others are always pushing you to be the best.

I remember in the old box when I was relatively new my goal was to beat Julia on the whiteboard each day. I told her that finally one day for the WODs it was my goal to top her time and we went head to head and she beat me again as she did for months. But, dedication and work will pay off and you can get closer to your potential. Fast forward one and a half years and I am still trying to Olympic lift like she can.

// What advice can you give to others?

Keep pushing to be the best you can. Yes, I should figure out triple unders like Zach, lift like Jason, dominate the gymnastic movements like Shawn but we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. One can’t be good at everything. It is fun getting great at our strengths and better at our weaknesses. That is what makes CrossFit challenging and keeps me coming back. I have yet to start a WOD feeling confident about every movement, well unless it is the mile time trial.

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