Molly, June 2016
June 2016 Rogue of the Month
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I have been living in the Rogue Valley for 14 years. I attended SOU to gain a degree in Communications. In my last year of University I met my husband, Colin. We have been married for almost 8 years now. I have 3 wonderful step-daughters that live with us full time whom I’ve known since the ages of 5, 7 and 8. They are now 15, 17 and 19.
I work for a large commercial printing company based in Chicago, RR Donnelley. I transitioned to working for them from a local print company, CDS (owned by RR Donnelley), just about a year and a half ago. I now work from home as a Business Analyst gathering and documenting requirements for technology solutions for customers.
How long have you been crossfitting ? How did you hear about RVCF ?
About 3 and a half years now.
Ali and Jamie Baker convinced my husband that we should try CrossFit at RVCF. We were both ready for something new to keep us active.
What training did you do before crossfit ?
I was a runner and road cyclist. I did Cross Country and Track in high school and continued to run after, doing a few marathons, some half marathons, 5ks and 10ks. I got into road cycling when I met my husband and we spent about 5 years focusing on that, racing locally and around the state doing one day races and multi-day stage races.
How has crossfit impacted your life ?
It’s hard to quantify how CrossFit has impacted my life and I feel like I could go on and on.
I have a different view of physical activity, nutrition, my athletic abilities and body. When I started I was in shape but was not strong in the CrossFit sense, mentally or physically. It has opened my eyes as to what it means to be an athlete. I can do things I never thought I would be able to do and I have a different perspective on nutrition and what it means to fuel for performance.
CrossFit has given me a greater belief in myself inside and outside the gym. I can push myself beyond what I thought possible and have learned how to control negative thoughts. I have learned a lot about how the mind impacts performance. CrossFit has not only changed me physically but mentally too.
It has also given me the opportunity to coach others athletes on performance and nutrition. I have learned a lot about CrossFit from the coaches at RVCF, seminars and camps I have attended as well as getting my Level 1 certification. I enjoy sharing knowledge and coaching others. I have recently started to focus on nutrition and am in the process of gaining a nutrition coach certification from Precision Nutrition. My thirst for knowledge has been fueled by CrossFit and provided me an opportunity to gain more knowledge to apply and share with others.
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
This past open was very memorable, performing better than I thought I would overall and realizing that I do have the potential to be a top placing athlete in the region was eye opening for me. It has made me hungrier than ever to work hard and smart focusing on weaknesses and increasing my mental and physical capacity.
Being in the finals in a few of the partner competitions I have done is very memorable. The finals are always epic and it’s always fun to share the experience with a teammate.
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
It’s no secret that I like long workouts and anything with running. I am working towards the day when workouts with gymnastics are my favorite!
Do you have any advice for new crossfit members ?
Stay positive and put in the work.
Focus on yourself and not others around you. It’s fun and motivating to compete with others but ultimately you are there for you and the more you know yourself, the more you can get out of CrossFit.
You can do much more physically than your mind tells you.
Make sure that you bring intensity to each workout to maximize gains.