Age: 51

Occupation: Legal Assistant

First CrossFit WOD(other than “Baseline” or Fundamentals): My first WOD was about 8 years ago, so I don’t really remember what it was, but I don’t think it even involved any weights. A group of my triathlon buddies and I went together to try it out. NONE of them ever went back.

First Thought After First CrossFit WOD: That’s gonna hurt! It did, for days and days.

Before CrossFit I Did: I started running (very slowly) in 1999. In 2007, I bought a bike and started my triathlon career with the Kitsap Tribabes. My husband and I sold our bikes and retired from triathlon in 2015 after our 3rd Ironman, so I needed another addiction.

Favorite CrossFit Movement: Most recently, rope climbs. Scary as hell but so fun! And Thrusters. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t understand it either.

Least Favorite CrossFit Movement: Overhead Squats. I will avoid them every time.

Most Surprising Accomplishment: Climbing the rope! And more importantly, coming DOWN from the top!

Best Part About Kitsap CrossFit: Definitely the people. I love the camaraderie – we had it in the triathlon community as well, so I had been missing that. I love seeing people accomplish something they never thought they could. One of my pet peeves is hearing someone say “I could never do that”. BS!

Short Term Goals: Toes to Bar. I think I can get there if my old body will bend like it needs to!

Long Term Goals: Double-unders and Pull-ups. And to look noticeably fitter the next time my husband’s family in New Zealand sees me.

Favorite Food: Anything Mexican. Since being on the macro plan, it’s been cottage cheese. I never liked it until recently.

Favorite Activities Outside Of The Gym: Spending time with my husband, kids and 5 grandkids. This time of year we are at the softball/baseball fields most nights and weekends. I also love to travel.

Share with us your “Why”: After we retired from Triathlon, I did literally NOTHING to keep in shape. My body and mind were so tired from the constant training. 20 pounds later, I needed to do something. I joined a CrossFit gym in 2011, but had a pretty bad experience with some not very good coaches, so had a bad taste in my mouth about CrossFit for many years. I decided to give it another shot in 2017, and I have been really impressed with how CrossFit as a whole has really tried to shed that reputation as “hardcore” and “dangerous”. The coaches at KCF are SUPREME to what I have dealt with in the boxes I went to before (by the way, the box I went to with the bad coaches is no longer in business). Along with the coaches, all of the members are so supportive and non-judgmental. It’s been a completely amazing experience!