I have a background in swimming that naturally took me to Ironman distance triathlons then into competitive cycling. My most recent sport before Crossfit was traveling around the country bike racing. However, as demands of my full time job grew, coupled with a series of serious racing accidents and fracturing my cervical spine, I decided in the Spring 2016 to officially be a “spectator” of the sport. I spent the next two years finding my next passion in sports that could give me athletic fulfillment and while allowing me to continue to grow and build my full time career. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by athletes, where I eventually was introduced into Crossfit and officially joined Crossfit Eden Prairie in the Spring of 2018 when I moved back to the Twin Cities.
Coming from single-sport events, I truly am in love with the variety that Crossfit brings. There is a never-ending number of challenges and movements to master. I get to climb a rope, learn Olympic lifting, play on the gymnastics rig – and the beauty of it is, it is a sport where you can make it as easy and as hard as you like. Additionally, I also love seeing my community of friends and new faces at our box. One of the things I love doing is meeting like-minded folks, getting to know them and finding what fuels the fire! In the 3-4 years I’ve been at Crossfit, I found a consistent theme, that everyone, anyone who walks into a Crossfit box, has a certain drive, tenacity, something that fuels their fire and an unconventional way we connect with each other. That, I believe, is the magic of this sport.
My current goal is to continue to learn and sharpen my skills, deliberately taking the long game to train smart and healthy. That said, in a larger context beyond myself, is meeting new folks, and sharing my passion, tips and tricks of Crossfit with them. With my L1 certification, and an affinity to support adaptive athletes, I would love to see where that road takes me. For now, I enjoy coming to classes, seeing the people who share similar passions and having a good time.
Being a lifelong athlete, I came to CFEP with immense amounts of curiosity. I was amazed by the variety of movements, how much I had to learn and how much I could not do. That very fact, humbled me tremendously. And that very fact is the premise of why I love Crossfit so much. It has an unconventional way to challenge the way we move regardless of your fitness levels. For those who are on the fence, regardless of wellness goals, I encourage you to jump right in! There are always progression options for everyone including adaptive athletes. To close, I want to comment that the CFEP community has added a positive dimension to my physical and mental fitness which expresses themselves in my daily life in more ways that I had ever imagined!