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Here’s our last 2 interviews with Team CFNYC who will be competing this weekend at Northeast Regionals. Let’s wish them all luck!
2) You’ve got lots of competition experience. Which do you prefer: team or individual? I prefer individual but it’s always much more fun to be a part of a team and a lot less pressure!
3) How has coaching CF made you a better CF competitor? The biggest thing coaching CF has helped me with is form… I got a 15lb. pr on my snatch by doing absolutely nothing but teaching it for a month with a PVC pipe. It also inspires me to see how hard people work and make gains and perform every single day the best they can.
1) You’ve done lots of competing–does it get easier? Harder? Or is it just a different experience each time? I love to compete, nothing can describe that moment after a competition when you just emptied your tank and left nothing on the table. That sense of accomplishment and satisfaction never dies and is always a refreshing reminder of what else you can achieve. Competitions totally get harder, the better in shape we get the more we can push ourselves and the more we can exert in one time domain. This is probably my 10+ competition, I think every time it’s a different good experience, there are always new people to meet and friends to find at each competition. Nothing beats this community and it only is getting better and better every year.
2) What was it like doing Sectionals week after week after week? I really loved the sectional atmosphere last year, tons of competitors ready to give it their all for an entire weekend, leave nothing behind. It was totally different this year and I didn’t get that atmosphere from the weekly WODs, all that said I got injured twice during Sectionals which actually prevented me from finishing them. I was super bummed and had my goals set on making individuals before I had to throw in the towel, calling out on week 3 was super tough for me. I did week 2 with a hyper extended wrist and I had to convince myself not to do clean and jerks with an aggravated herniated disc. I hate the word quit, I think it’s cheap and there’s never a good excuse for it, regardless if it’s in a workout or daily task.
3) How long have you been crossfitting, and what’s your previous athletic background? I’ve been CrossFitting for almost 2.5 years. Prior to CrossFit, I swam competitively in High School and played Water Polo at Villanova University. I used to swim distance, the mile and 1000, our training days would consist of 15K+ yardage, this probably correlates the most to my desire for long insane metcons that leave puddles around the box.
4) Name one way in which crossfit has had a positive influence on the rest of your life (that has nothing to do with working out or nutrition). My entire family does CrossFit now, we are all super active. My dad is the funniest, I get a call from him every other night telling me about his latest Rx’d wod or how many handstand pushups he can string together. It’s truly an amazing feeling knowing you have the support and understanding of a healthy lifestyle from your entire family.