Just the thought of having to sit down and type up something about myself is enough to make me join a globo gym…. or eat some wheat bread. So of course it is late…uh, athlete of the month? Can I just do some burpees?
Unfortunately, my big life-changing transformation started before I heard about CrossFit. Fast food and soda combined with a desk job quickly outweighed any activity that I may have squeezed in. The turning point came when my oldest son started wrestling, and wanted to ‘show’ dad some moves. After less than a minute, I was too winded to get off the ground…changes had to be made.
I decided to give the company gym a try, and for the next couple months the elliptical became my lunch hour workstation. Had to give up McDonald for breakfast and dinner, and find something other than Hardees for lunch. I started eating a lot of canned tuna, deli sandwiches, plain chicken, and protein shakes. I had a coworker working out with me, so we put together a lifting plan and started pushing each other more. We tried a ton of stuff, some good some bad.
I really enjoy variety and have a broad range of interests that seem to change, a lot. I have gone from playing in a jazz band to a punk band, roller speed skating to racquetball, riding bulls to racing four wheelers…. so the tiny indoor gym, with the all-in-one machine, a treadmill and an elliptical, just wasn’t cutting it. I will admit, the first time I tried running on the treadmill, I didn’t really make it a full mile… and hated it. But running was the most ‘convenient’ exercise I had, so I stuck with it. Eventually it got easier… and more fun… and more addictive. So I ran more and more. Running was definitely my favorite thing to do. I did some triathlons along the way, but I always hated swimming.
My introduction to CrossFit came as a free trial to a ‘different’ way to workout. The gym was on the backside of a business area. A loading dock, pull up rig, a bunch of weights, and stuff I had never done before. I learned that I knew nothing about lifting weights… but had a decent motor, and liked the struggle and intensity. I remember learning wall balls, pulling an SUV, walking the Inman mile, and actually getting a muscle up (or 3). It really was fun stuff. That only lasted couple months, the gym was relocating and my youngest son’s sports schedule started getting crazy (because like me, he had to do everything from basketball to wrestling.) Back to running I went.
Eventually, injuries caught up to me, and running through them, or getting cortisone shots every time was getting old. I started seeing Dr. Jared, and after one of the sessions he suggested some cross training… maybe check out this CrossFit gym off 370. So I dropped in for a 1on1 with Jerry??? I started coming after work on free evening, and continued running all the time. I always treated CrossFit as my secondary, cross training. I enjoyed the variety, but I was always more focused on running.
I soon made the switch to early mornings Dawn Patrol, because, well, it’s just better (Just ask Jeff!). There are some very dedicated, and very fun, people that come in and work out before the sun comes up. Near the end of 2012, after I had raced a couple marathons, a 30K and a 50K in one season, the minor pain I was having, got much worse…. long story short, the hip specialist in town tells me to stop running and I needed a hip replacement. Not exactly what I wanted to hear.
So after some denial, anger, and a second opinion…. there was CrossFit. I have met some great people through CrossFit, they have challenged me and always kept me coming back for more. I have seen so many changes at TNT, from the outdoor monkey bars (miss those), the wall that no longer exists, and the HUGE changes in so many of the people! The coaches at TNT have always been great, especially in putting up with my “creative” obstinacy. Thanks for your help and sharing so much knowledge!! Thank you Rochelle and Jeff for building such a great gym! And finally, to all the people in Dawn Patrol, I truly appreciate you being there every day and everything you do to keep me motivated to keep pushing myself!
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