Sarah, March 2016
March 2016 Rogue of the Month
Give us a little background on who you are and what you do for a living…
Who am I? I tend to ask myself that question a lot. I have a sense of humor, am there for others when needed, and love challenges though I won’t admit to it. In addition, I am a 40 year old mother of 2 girls (who are my world). I work as an analyst in the Asante IT department and have been with the company for 10 years. Yep I work with Royal J My routine was only family and work until I found RVCF.
How long have you been crossfitting?
I joined in December 2014 so for a little over a year now.
How did you hear about RVCF ?
A coworker and I were looking for a better way to get healthy. I have to admit that she found RVCF and I very glad that she did. I had heard about CrossFit but never thought I would be able to do it.
What training did you do before crossfit ?
I am not sure I would call what I was doing before CrossFit training. I had been going to a local gym for about a year. Spending the time on treadmills, elliptical and machines. I also starting completing 5Ks in 2013.
How has CrossFit impacted your life?
This is a loaded question for me. I should mention achieving my health goals but really? The community and family that RVCF offers is.. well it causes me to speechless. I found powerlifting in middle school and was really good at it through high school. Heck at 17 I was squatting almost 400lbs. My record was 385lbs and won a state & national record. I believed in myself and so did my coach. After high school, we all know that the world changes, but I was not prepared for the people who would say failure is an option and that not succeeding was going to be my only way in life. Finding RVCF helped me find myself again. The coaches can see the fear in my eyes when looking at the board yet no matter what they don’t let me quit. RVCF has renewed my determination to never quit and push forward to be my best
What has been your most memorable experience at the gym?
I have two. The first was when I was new and participated the Open (“might as well since you are going to do the workout anyways”). It was 15.2 and I decided to go RX since I would not have gotten past the pullups even if I scaled. Loved it. The second was a more recent WOD where Jake encouraged me and I was doing 205lb deadlifts.
What’s your favorite WOD or exercise?
Rowing is a strength of mine so when I see that in the WOD I get excited. Grace is another WOD I like and have been working to improve on.
Do you have any advice for new CrossFit members?
I would say that the Webster dictionary definition of fun is wrong. When you hear the coaches say this is going to be fun, take a deep breath and prepare yourself. And that as you prepare yourself, know that you are surrounded by individuals that support each other and will leave no person behind. I would also say it is okay to not be the best, however, you have to give it your best. We have all been there. Finally, welcome to the community that does not let you give up on yourself.