When did you start training CrossFit?
I started the on ramp classes in August last year. I was a little delayed in moving onto real classes due to a bad bike crash in a race…so I started coming regularly in mid September.
Tell us a little about yourself ( family, job, interests, etc.)
I am an endodontist with a practice in Maryville IL. My wife, Jackie, and I have 3.5 year old boy/girl twins and a 6 month old daughter. The kids take up 99% of my free time (and all my good sleep) but are an absolute blast.
How and why did you get started in CrossFit?
We switched to a paleo diet/lifestyle in early 2012 and started hearing about Crossfit through the paleo community. My racing season was coming to an end last year and thought it might be an interesting off season thing to try. I came in and talked to Willie about doing it in support of my running…and looking back, he was very diplomatic about his answers and didn’t show his true feelings about endurance running
Describe your first CrossFit experience?
The initial classed for on ramp were fun and very eye opening. I quickly realized how inflexible I was but found the workouts to be fun and challenging.
What were you doing before CrossFit?
I grew up swimming and playing water polo. After college, I began running as a way to stay in shape. Over the years I got into longer distances and then transitioned into triathlons. I’ve completed 7 marathons, several Olympic distance triathlons, two half Ironmans and one full Ironman.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness?
I have a completely different outlook on how fitness should be approached. The workouts I would do before CF left me drained and beat up for days. My assumption was that this was how I was supposed to feel and the goal was to see how much I could beat myself down in a given workout. The workouts we do at Riverbend leave me energized and feeling stronger (although very sore) and I feel more “fit” than ever before. I also never paid that much attention to my flexibility and how much that impacts a person throughout their day. I didn’t know it wasn’t normal to not be able to touch your toes, or even get your hands past the middle of your shins. The emphasis on stretching and overall mobility is something I enjoy as much as any other aspect of the workouts. Also, I never would have considered myself a “morning person” but my schedule works such that the 5:30am class is the best time for me. Well…for those of you who are also not “morning people”, you should try out a morning class. There is something about picking a bar up over your head that wakes you up so much more completely than coffee…and you get that post workout high for the whole day.
What would you like to achieve in CrossFit moving forward?
I never really lifted weights before, so moving forward with better form on the lifts is my main focus right now.
What do you like most about Riverbend CrossFit?
I think this place has a lot of very smart, dedicated, and passionate people…both coaching and participating. While I don’t know everyone as well as I like (since I can mainly only come to the 5:30am class) I feel the community is very supportive and that I can workout with everyone as if we’ve known each other for a long time.
Favorite / least favorite WOD?
My favorite WOD so far has been Murph. Being a newbie…I didn’t know what it was and so had no expectations on timing. I just focused on chipping away at the reps, and then was happy to learn my time was decent. I don’t have a particular “least favorite WOD”, but I’m not a big fan of wall walks…or double unders…or cracking my shin open on box jumps.
Favorite lift / least favorite lift?
I don’t really have a least favorite…in fact I never realized how much I would enjoy lifting. There’s something very satisfying about moving weight around and each lift has its own benefit.
Favorite CrossFit moment so far?
I don’t think I have a favorite moment…but at about 6:45 in the morning, as I start cooling off from that morning’s workout, I feel very fortunate to have found Riverbend.READ ON