Why did you decide to join DHCF?
I joined DHCF when my original box closed. The box was only open for a few months, there were less than a dozen members and the coach had never done crossfit. I got comfortable, and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up at a “real crossfit”. I am so thankful that I was forced to make the switch – most mornings I was the only one participating in the WOD!
What has been your most memorable achievement at DHCF?
Pull-ups, hands down have been my most memorable achievement. When I set 3 pull-ups as one of my 2014 goals it seemed completely impossible. Knowing that with practice and patience I made myself stronger is motivation to tackle new seemingly impossible goals in 2015.
Do you have a favorite WOD or movement?
Opens WOD 14.5 – This WOD was certainly not a “favorite” but it is definitely the most memorable. There were moments during the 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 thrusters and burpees that I was convinced I would die before I finished. Completing the WOD, regardless of time was a huge accomplishment for everyone who participated. 14.5 was a bonding experience for the DHCF community and a reminder that we are far stronger, both mentally and physically, than we often give ourselves credit for.
What words of encouragement would you offer a new Elements graduate?
It is easy to get overwhelmed by a WOD, especially before you are familiar with the terminology – come anyway! Never be afraid to ask questions, we are all too eager to talk about our snatch and our jerk. Most importantly, be proud of every accomplishment. One of my favorite things about DHCF is the community; everyone is a cheerleader, rooting for everyone else.
It looks like you have achieved your 2014 goals. What are your new goals for rest of 2014 into 2015
I am hoping that with a lot of practice 2015 can be the year of the handstand pushup and maybe even a bar muscle up or two.