January will mark the two year anniversary I walked into Crossfit Bluegrass! I played field hockey in high school and have always been active in sports. I began running at age thirty-five. At age forty, I trained to run my first full marathon. I was wrong in figuring it would be my first and only 26.2 journey. I quickly decided on a goal to run a full marathon in each of the fifty states. I had eight marathons completed before I began crossfit, but I battled injuries along the way.
The cross-training I had integrated in my marathon training program was not sufficient. I had learned enough about injury to realize I needed to overall strengthen my body. I decided to look into crossfit and came across Crossfit Bluegrass’ website. I read JoEllyn McAtee’s (owner/coach) bio and was immediately drawn to her for several reasons particularly her running background. My first marathon after a few months of crossfitting was a personal best and the others continue to improve, including back-to-back marathons (two in one week). I have thirty-seven states left and plan to continue crossfitting right alongside my marathon training, scaling as necessary based on my training mileage and marathon taper and recovery time. My core is stronger and my overall strength has helped me gain strides in my running performance in addition to staying injury free.
I also competed in my first crossfit masters competition at Kentuckiana’s Fittest last month and I am looking forward to competing again! Crossfit is the most fun, intense, hard work I’ve done with people that push me and inspire me, and workouts that challenge me daily. There is so much to learn as far as technique in this sport. The coaches at CFBG put form and safety first. I trust them and continue to learn from them. Crossfit pushes me far beyond what I thought were my limits. Whether I’m pushing beyond those limits or struggling with a movement, I know I can count on cheers and encouragement from my fellow athletes.
My husband, Chuck, fell victim to my constant enthusiasm for crossfit and joined eight months ago! He is a two-time Ironman and has finished fourteen marathons including his most recent back-to-backs with PRs that came two months after joining crossfit. He says crossfit is more than just training, it’s like race day every class because of the competitive and fun nature combined with the camaraderie. He plans to compete in Ironman Louisville 2015 and is intending to continue crossfit as part of his training to keep up his core strength and overall performance in swim, bike, and run. The Crossfit Bluegrass community is a family and we are happy to be part of it!!