Ok, so maybe she doesn’t actually “work” as a model for VS but she represents them well on the black mat! I asked Dre to write a few words about her decision to sign up for the Open WODs this year because she a perfect example of what it’s all about. Doing more, sucking less and giving it all you have!
I didn’t feel the need to register for the Open because I had the “I won’t make regionals or the Games anyways” attitude, but through constant encouragement I heard from fellow crossfitters, I realized that this was more about my own personal accommplishments and the thrill of competing with people in my age group (Masters 45-49…yes, I’m that old) not just Regionally, but Worldwide.
I had no idea what to expect for the first WOD announcement. I was so nervous and didn’t even think for a second that a person of my size at 4’11″ and 94lbs would have to be lifing the exact same weight as the 2-time Fittest Women in World, Iceland Annie. Then I see 13.1. Wait…WHAT?! Me, snatch 45# and then 75#?! The most I ever snatched in a WOD was 35#. All I kept saying was, “I can’t do this”. But everyone kept encouraging me. Telling me to try…and that is one of the reasons I love coming to CFO. It’s like your family giving you so much support and making you feel like you can do anything. So I did what I always do every Wednesday when I hear the WOD annoucements. I go to CFO and I practice. I practice not only attempting to lift weights that I have never done, but I practice my confidence…turning “I can’t do this” to “I’m gonna do this and I’m gonna do the best I can”. For the past 3 Open Wods, I have been forced to challenge myself and with each one, I have accomplished PRs. It’s the greatest feeling.
I’m not gonna lie… I look at the leaderboard a lot. Quiet often, actually. I like to see where I rank amongst women in my age group. How many reps did I do more or less than them versus how much taller and heavier they are than me. Gives me an idea of how much harder I should try or should have tried. You also get a sense of other people’s strengths and weaknesses. Like how is it that some of the women at my age can get way more reps in 13.1 and 13.2 lifting 75# + and yet little ‘ol me had way more 14# wallball reps than them?! Makes you wonder and keeps you in competition mode until the next Open WOD announcement.
This May makes 2 years for me at CFO. I went from struggling at FGB with a 25# press to doing a 75# clean and split jerk which I only accomplished because of Open WOD 13.2. I’ve learned that it’s gonna be heavy, it’s gonna hurt, but you have to try and be confident. Keep pushing yourself to do better for nobody but yourself. Yah, it’s always nice to have someone you can compare yourself to and compete with, but in the end it’s all about what you were able to accomplish so it gives you drive to strive for a bigger goal.
Not only has crossfit made me a stronger person, it has changed my life in so many other ways. After my first year at CFO, I was able to do the Great Aloha Run (8.2 miles) straight without stopping. Something I have never done in the many times I’ve done it and I was able to do it again this year along with coming in under an hour at the Women’s 10K for the first time in the many times I’ve run it. Crossfit has changed my thinking on nutrition as well. Paleo is not a diet…it’s an awesome and amazing lifestyle that I never believed in until I entered the Nutrition Challenge in January. I believe Paleo has helped me a lot with my energy and strength. I love crossfit so much that I enrolled myself in Coach Largo’s PTI classes every Tuesday and Thursday, which I call “2-a-days” because I still like going to my usual 6pm WODs on those days. That class has helped me to go a little heavier and do more and more reps which also has been a huge help during the Open.
One goal I have my eye and heart set on is a muscle up…on the rings and bar. Currently I’m on the board at CFO for 80 consecutive DUs, but i have a dream to someday have my name under a benchmark or Hero WOD. Gonna dream big and try not to let the numbers discourage me no matter how small or old I am.