Congrats to Mark Smith & Claire Daugherty for being our next CrossFitters of the Month
For starters, we joined CFPC to help us continue to play hard in the mountains, and at that, our CrossFit training has been incredibly successful. As a bonus, we have had a lot of fun and gotten to know a truly awesome community.
The first time we met, in Chicago in 1994, we got to talking about how much we loved lifting weights and playing outside. We took off from there. While we had many adventures living in Chicago, it quickly became clear that we needed to head west to the mountains. We moved to Utah in 1996. In 2000, we got married on top of Gobbler’s Knob. Over the years we have obsessively rock climbed, mountain biked, backcountry skied, climbed big mountains, trail run, backpacked, road biked and gone scuba diving. We have always pursued these activities together, and they have provided an exciting foundation for our relationship.
A couple of years ago, age and career distractions were really taking a toll on our fitness, and it seemed like if we really knuckled down, we could make a little progress, but then always ended up slipping back past where we started. It was starting to seem like to a certain extent the party was over, and it was time to accept getting old, fat and weak and turn our focus to less physically taxing hobbies. During one of these ‘time to get back on track’ periods, Mark stumbled upon the CrossFit main site while looking for squat technique videos. He really liked the attitude, intensity and technical focus presented in the videos. As our first workout, we timed each other in our living room for Tabata squats. It was devastating and humbling and we could barely walk the next day. We were in love. The fact that we could completely wreck ourselves in four minutes was super exciting. We obviously needed to pursue CrossFit further.
We randomly picked CFPC from the local boxes, and stopped by. Our first workout with Chris and into classes with Eric made it obvious that things were going to be pretty tough for a while. But the supportive community, scalability, and general stubbornness kept us coming back. We also really loved the diverse physical challenges, and clung to the hope that we could move toward the capabilities of the other folks in the gym. We have always enjoyed heavy weightlifting, and the camaraderie on heavy days really helped us start to feel integrated. How many places do you get a bunch of women high-fiving around the squat rack? CrossFit became our new obsession. We have been at it for about two and a half years now. In that time we have experienced steady strength, endurance and technical gains. There have been many things that we were convinced we could never do and then all of a sudden we could. At this point, we are starting to expect things that seem far-fetched. One example of this is muscle ups. They will happen. It is just a matter of time. Our bodies are so much more fully functional and injury resistant now, and our goal of being able to continue to play hard in the mountains is being fulfilled. Our capabilities on skis and mountain bikes are far beyond what they have ever been. But the people have made our CrossFit experience rich and sustainable. We really appreciate and admire our coaches, and will frequently muse on how grateful we are that we first chose CFPC. We have made so many wonderful and interesting friends in the gym, and often, getting to see and work out with them is what gets us out of the house and off to the gym.
Thank you CrossFit PC – our lives, health, fitness, community and relationship are all deeply enriched because of you. See you at the next WOD!