I'm a 37 year old crossfit coach/ stay at home mom. I've been an athlete all of my life and thought my competitive years were over after playing college basketball. A few years later, I started running road races to have something to be competitive at again. I progressed into half and then full marathons. In November 2011, I stumbled upon Crossfit and thought it could help me be a better runner. I qualified for the Boston Marathon in January 2012 and signed up for the Open, not even knowing what it was or why I was doing it. By week 3, I understood it was a competition and posted one of the top women's scores for Crossfit Murfreesboro. To my surprise, I earned a spot on the affiliate team, making 2012 Central East Regionals my first competition. Needless to say, I was clueless, nervous and when it was over, I couldn't wait to do it again. In 2013, I ran Boston and a few weeks later competed as an individual at the Central East Regionals. I finished up 2013 by having knee surgery late in the off season. I worked hard to be ready for the 2014 season and qualified to compete as an individual at Regionals. I opted to compete on our affiliate team and we finished 6th. So, here we are 2015, I now have 3 1/2 years of Crossfit under my belt and at times still feel like a rookie. In May, I will make my fourth trip to Regionals, once again, forgoing my individual spot to compete on my affiliate team. Like all competitive Crossfit athletes, I have a dream to earn a spot to compete in Carson, someway, somehow.
As an athlete and coach, I work hard everyday to help others realize their potential and reach their goals. I hope to inspire others to never give up, no matter their age or circumstances. I love the daily grind, so the weeks leading up to Regionals are some of my favorite of the season. The stress of the Open is gone and I can see the benefits of all the off season work. I keep my volume fairly high all year, so adding in a couple extra sessions a few days a week aren't a big deal. Recovery, sleep, and nutrition become even more important than usual. Being in the gym with the team keeps it fun and allows each of us to use our strengths to benefit the team as a whole. We really come together as a community and there's a buzz of excitement in the air. The longer I'm in the sport, the more I've learned to appreciate the experience and allow myself to truly enjoy each opportunity I'm given to compete. I have an amazing support system in my husband and son, they help me keep things in perspective and are my biggest fans.
Back squat - 300
Deadlift - 350
Snatch - 155
Clean & Jerk - 201