|Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. (Where did you grow up, where do you work, Family,etc.)
I grew up in Washington DC and Potomac,MD. I have also lived in Raleigh NC and Dallas TX and moved to La Costa in the late 70s. I have been in the medical device Sales and marketing startup world for 25 years ( I flew over 200+ flights a year for 20 years around the world for work). I also own a Senior in Home Care company HomeWell Senior Care of San Diego and am a co-owner of a surgeon training center which train surgeons on new techniques in Tijuana Mexico. I have one brother and 5 step siblings spread all over the East Coast and China. I have a dog named Stone who is a big part of my life and when I was out of town there was a family emergency and my C2 CrossFit family rallied and rose to the occasion and helped my parents and took care of my dog until I could get home. That’s what family does for each other.
What hobbies do you enjoy outside of the gym?
I am an avid scuba diver and travel the world diving no cage shark dives and hand feeding. Very few people in the world are trained and certified in shark feeding and I received my training and certification over 10 years ago. I also do Orangetheory once a week and work out old school bench and arms on Sundays. I also grill a lot, and have taken certification classes in that as well. I do a lot of “fine dining” and love big red wines with a wine collection that exceeds 600 bottles at all times. I’m big on going to movies and concerts.
What did you first expect when you joined CrossFit?
I didn’t know what to expect, but I wanted to do something new and saw these crazy people doing crazy stuff every day on my way to La Fitness… so I walked into a box and asked, “What is it that you’re doing?” and tried it. That was almost 6 years ago. I quit La Fitness, 24 hour and crunch 2 months later.
What are some of the things you are most proud of accomplishing?
Well most recently it was my 440lb deadlift in less than a year from ripping my bicep off the bone on a then PR of 385lb deadlift. With Rick and Chris’ help I was able to miss just 9 days of CrossFit and rehabbed my way back WODing one handed everyday. The other thing this year I’m really proud of is making the top 10 athletes at the open at our box and winning the noon class open challenge. Over all it would be my consistency. I don’t miss many days and once went 7 months without missing a day and even doing some two days 5 days back to back. Getting my Level 1 coaching cert was pretty cool too.
I credit Coach Rick’s programming for all my weight lifting gains and at my age to still PR all the time. Thanks to the programming and coaching from Rick, Chris, and the rest of C2’s coaches
What has been the hardest part of joining CrossFit? Most rewarding?
I was never into “group classes” and that was the hardest part for me. The hardest part is overcoming a serious lack of mobility that really limits me on a lot of movements. By far without doubt the most rewarding is life long friends and memories I have made and shared at CrossFit and still do- it is one the most rewarding parts of my life really. It is truly a life changing experience for me.
What are some of your goals, personal and fitness, for the future?
I want to get to 475 deadlift, 345 back squat, and a 180 strict press for 1000lb CrossFit total, and see if I can get my running time better. I want to one day figure out how to rack a weight on my shoulders so I can get my clean weight up where it should be. An annual goal is to learn to do double unders and not single double single double…
What is your favorite workout?
I have a lot of favorites and learn new ones all the time… I love Murph, for the workout and the meaning behind it. I love Grace and any WOD that has kettlebells, push ups, and push press/push jerk (shoulder to overhead) and heavy DL. I love partner WODs- they are fun and we drive each other. When Rick programs a KB/Push WOD or Push Press and DL WODs and I can’t sleep waiting for noon class… I am like most crossfitters and am very competitive. Each WOD lets us play that out
How has CrossFit benefited your life beyond fitness and the gym?
First and foremost the friendships, second the fitness and strength and third improved balance. Being the oldest CrossFitter at any box that I go to has shown that I can stay young physically even if I can’t chronologically. The friendships I have been lucky to make and grow through CrossFit have benefitted me beyond words. I have a support network there and we are always there for each other 24/7.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in the gym since you’ve joined?
Everyday at noon is fun and full of laughing and joking around while we lift a lot of weight and put it down and compete in the WOD while “gym shaming” the whole class time. It’s usually the highlight of my day. I guess the funniest thing is when I thought I won a WOD and actually believed it. It was a DU and another movement 50,40,30,20,10 and I finished first and Coach Chris said, “Are you sure you didn’t miss any rounds” and I said “No, look at my chalkboard!” He pointed out that I didn’t write down the round of 50 and was able to beat everyone else by doing a 1/3 less reps and I really in my mind believed I had won. But at noon we laugh at ourselves as well as each other. The other was a Saturday team WOD and Coach Rick programed a partner WOD and Coach Becky filmed me piggy backing Tim Epp.. it’s a funny video (guess you had to be there)
What made you decide you wanted/needed to start CrossFit?
I was a lifelong runner and weight lifter and wasn’t able to run long distance anymore from developing compression syndrome in my right leg. I was trail riding 6-7 days a week and lifting every other day and still putting on weight and knew I had to find something else. As luck would have it I found CrossFit and it is by far the best thing that I have ever done physically and emotionally for myself.
What results have you achieved since joining our gym?
First and foremost it’s the friendships then the strength gains and then my finish in the open each year.
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining our Gym?
Do it… get in the box make a commitment to yourself to better yourself and the results will exceed any expectations you may have. At noon we welcome, embrace and encourage each new person. We have a running text that all the nooners are on and several with other members to motivate and support each other.