10 Dances with Dirt Extreme Relays
Hiked to the highest point in the Continental United States Mt. Whitney, California
CrossFit Level 1
NETA Kettlebell Certification
USAW Sports Performance Coach
Strength Specific Level Bronze
Certified Spinning Instructor
AFFAPersonal Trainer Certification
In 2006, my husband, kids and I moved from California to Michigan to be closer to our families (read free babysitting) and training for triathlons proved to be a bit of a challenge. Stupid winter. On our first New Year's Eve back in Michigan a friend from college talked me into doing the Bayshore Marathon with her. The next morning, I woke up and signed up for the HALF Marathon- I was desperate for an exercise plan, and somehow going from hating running to a half marathon seemed like my only option. Sadly, that option included doing 90 percent of my training on a treadmill in my basement! The good news, I ran that half marathon...and I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. In fact, I signed up and did it again. This time I had a running buddy, Melissa, that made me wake up at 5am and run with her. On one of those runs she told me about...CrossFit. What a wonderful world full of functional movements and best of all, variety! No longer was I just running, but now I was jumping on boxes, doing the magical move called a burpee and best of all cleaning, jerking and snatching, not just with barbells and dumbbells, but also with kettlebells. Yup, I was hooked.
Motivation & Passion
Although working out to stay in shape and get stronger are huge motivating factors for me, I am most motivated by goals. I have learned that when I have an event to train for I am more motivated to work out so that I don’t bomb on race day. It also gives me great joy that my kids have watched me work out all of their lives and have joined sports and been athletic because of my example. When my daughter was in Middle School, she came home bragging that she got to demonstrate burpees in her P.E. class at school, adding, "mom, the kids weren't going all the way down to the floor!" She has also introduced the birthday burpee tradition to her Cross Country team. My son also shares his lifting benchmarks with me, "hoping to be stronger than my mom someday." I think the earlier we start getting children interested in sports and exercise, the healthier they will be for the rest of their lives.