Annie, April 2013
The April Rogue of the Month is Annie!
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
I grew up in Bly and Klamath Falls, Oregon and moved to the Rogue Valley 14 years ago. My husband and I have raised 4 incredible kids and we have 2 amazing grandbabies. I’ve had an awesome career with the Oregon State Police for the last 14 years. I spent 5 years working the road (chasing taillights) and the last 9 years assigned as a Detective in the Major Crimes Section.
How long have you been CrossFitting ? How did you hear about RVCF?
I started going to Rogue Valley Crossfit fulltime in January of 2012. I first heard of Crossfit through my Sergeant who was doing Crossfit in his garage. I started researching the local facilities and found RVCF. I remember the first time I walked in and met Jake, who was very welcoming and encouraged me to “give it a try.” I’ve been “hooked” ever since.
What training did you do before CrossFit ?
I’ve been involved in sports since I was young, playing softball and basketball and have always been a “wee” bit competitive. As I got older, my competitive sports took a back seat to my kids competing in their sports and for the last several years I spent most of my time just “working out” at a local gym. I enjoy snowboarding, waterskiing and riding my bike. I have competed in a sprint triathlon and was convinced by my oldest daughter to run a ½ marathon with her… ( its hard to believe as every knows how much I hate running, but I made it to the finish line J)
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
Crossfit has definitely made some physical changes to my body, which I like, but what I like most about Crossfit is what it has done for me mentally. There are times when I walk into the “box” with tons of stress and my mind is going a hundred miles a minute, however, as soon as I start the WOD, I forget everything but getting through the workout. By the time I am done, my mind is clear and I seemed to have forgotten everything that was stressing me out.
Crossfit has proven to me I can always do more than I thought I was capable of doing. I love being a “strong” woman and pushing myself beyond my “comfort zone”
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
I think the most memorable experience for me was getting through “Murph” without passing out on the last run… (thanks Erin)… but I see memorable experiences everyday watching other members pushing themselves past their comfort zones and never quitting !!!!
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
I really don’t have a favorite “WOD”, I like all the workouts except, of course, I never look forward to the workout’s with the runs. However, I continue to run with the hope that one day I can run like a “deer” like Ali.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?
My advice is simple… “give it a try” Don’t be intimidated by the “idea” that Crossfit is only for the “elite athletes.” Crossfit is for everyone. Stick with it and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish… Thanks, Jake, Kelly, Ali, Adam and Royal for all you do.