|Gym||CrossFit Loco Ocho|
|Clean & Jerk||135 lbs (top 77%)|
|Snatch||105 lbs (top 75%)|
|Dead Lift||276 lbs (top 68%)|
|Back Squat||195 lbs (top 79%)|
|Fight Gone Bad||248 (top 80%)|
|500m row||1:50 (top 81%)|
I started running in high school because I wanted the cute letter jacket, and I was already strong and fit from lugging around newspapers on my route on foot each morning, starting at the age of 11, delivering the hard-hitting news of the Auburn Journal and Sacramento Bee. In adulthood, I started running longer distances, including a few marathons and about 25 ultra marathons (50K-100K distances completed numerous times, and I earned two DNFs for 100 mile runs). Work travel, parental care, and grad school encroached on my running schedule, and I took up Bikram yoga, then started CrossFit in January of 2015 -- and I earned my CF-L1 in August of 2017.
Training is what makes me feel like me, as I thrive on mental and physical challenges. Considering that I feel better after a training session than I do after eating junk food on my sofa at home, the choice is easy. Plus, the CrossFit community is renowned for holding each other accountable and offering genuine support. I love to see fellow members' breakthroughs!
I'm an advocate for life-long health and fitness. After having cared for both of my now-deceased parents, I want to mitigate the effects of age and genetic predisposition to disease. One died of colorectal cancer and the other from complications from Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia, so I have both the physical and neurological incentives to commit to life-long health.
It's all about the mind-body connection, so the mental benefits are just as critical as the physical ones.
For running, just run until it gets too hard, then walk until it gets too easy. Repeat. For CrossFit, be open to coaching and learn the techniques.
#24 (breakfast burrito) from El Forastero in Carmichael
Seeing results and spending time with my friends from the gym and seeing their results!
Roughly one hour per day, and once a week, I try to start the day with the prescribed WOD, then take part in our specialized class on Olympic lifts
I love deadlifts, any sort of heavy carry (e.g. sandbag run), and pretty much anything else that requires minimal technique but a lot of brute strength and grit.
Pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and muscle-ups -- only because these are areas of opportunity for me!
Nutritionally, it's a matter of planning ahead and often fending for myself if I'm unsure what the food options will be (like at a meeting where it would be bread and cookie filled box lunches without much in the way of lean protein or vegetables). The commitment is there; however, logistics can be more challenging when I'm always on the go.
Seven is my magic number! I have the sleep-wake schedule of someone 40 years my senior.
Always view feedback as a gift, which can be easier said than done -- and this counts for all parts of life!
Combination of paleo, zone, and Renaissance Periodization -- I wish more people would realize that it's not about calories in/calories out! The quality of food and timing of meals is essential. My body composition completely changed, for the better, without counting a single calorie. If I stick with meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar and enough to support exercise but not body fat, I do great!
Genuine, direct, welcoming
It's all about choices and priorities; I will gladly make trade-offs to ensure I'm taking care of my mental and physical health.
"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."