Hey everyone! Even though most of you reading this already know me, I think I should tell you a little bit about myself as we go on this Journal Journey together. I love to chat with my friends so I hope to treat this as a conversation that “we” are having. I’m always down to answer any questions you may have and I hope that you’ll share your thoughts here, too.
I have described myself as an athlete as long as I can remember. I come from a long line of athletes (one grandparent, both my parents, my brother, several cousins, etcetera were college athletes) and I have always loved playing and watching sports. I grew up in a small town in Iowa (shout out to my fellow Tigers) and our neighborhood was always full of active kids playing in yards or watching the big kids at the schools. I don’t remember a time where I wasn’t playing a sport, organized or not. You might have figured out that I do prefer to be considered an athlete and I wear that label proudly!
I participated in just about every organized sport that was in my town, from Punt, Pass and Kick competitions and wrestling to basketball and track. I also swam a bit which would have an enormous impact on my life. I will go into more depth about my swimming later but let’s fast forward to me earning a college scholarship to swim at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. I continued to grow in athletics as I added weight lifting to my workouts when I became a college athlete. My weight coach had been a University of Iowa (yep…small world) football player and his love for coaching helped me to grow and appreciate getting “swole”. Not only did I see a huge improvement in the pool, but I realized that I still love trying new things. That would carry over into many aspects of my life.
As an adult, I’ve continued to enjoy sports and working out. I’ve played in a men’s basketball league, learned boxing, started running again, tried all the trendy online fitness programs, participated in fitness classes and joined up with friends for fitness challenges. I have truly enjoyed all of them and each class or group still holds a special place in my heart. I love that I can trace my life, the ups and downs, with the people/teammates and activity I was doing at that time.
We all know that life can be full of ups and downs and I was in a funk in January of 2016. We were 6 months into our 8th move in 16 years of marriage. My husband, Charlie, an Air Force officer, had already fallen in love with Crossfit and the community when we were stationed in Washington DC and now there was a box 1/4 mile from our house in Los Angeles. I figured exercise may help me and thought to myself, “What do you have to lose”? I put on my parka, put the hood up and quietly and slowly walked in the dark to a place where I didn’t know anyone, didn’t know the sport and didn’t know how to get through my days of sadness. Before I opened the door, I could hear pumping music, heavy weights dropping and encouragement from a coach. I was intrigued. I walked in, hoping to hide in a corner and watch. Lucky for me, the coach came right up to me, introduced himself and before I had even asked one question, I was signed up for the “Crossfit 101” class that would start in two days. Not only is he a fantastic coach (more on him later) he is clearly a shrewd business man! And so the journey of being a Crossfitter started!
This journal will be about the journey that I’m on…as an athlete, a wife, a mom, and a friend. I hope to weave in some stories that help you understand where I’m coming from but that may help you, too. I hope we can share this journey together.