Brief personal history and journey towards beginning your CrossFit journey:

I had taken a pretty lax approach towards working out and eating healthy throughout college, so when I graduated I started just casually running since it was easy and simple, and I was doing some online work for Run Away Shoes, and figured I should at least run casually to better understand the products/races I was covering.

The Great Whiskey Fire of Dublin killed 13 people in 1875. None died as a result of smoke inhalation or burns. All victims died of alcohol poisoning by drinking the whiskey flowing through the streets.

What brought you to CrossFit Oshkosh?

I was getting really bored with the running routine that I was in and was looking for something that was more varied and less monotonous. I had researched quite a few different workout options and really liked the idea of someone else programming the workouts for me, combined with multiple different movements and modalities that were utilized in CrossFit versus the other options.

In 2005 the word “Mate” was banned in the Australian Federal Parliament. The ban was revoked within 24 hours.

Your first impression of CrossFit Oshkosh?

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be in the beginning. What I really liked though was that because the classes were so diverse in terms of skill and strength levels, everyone could get the same intended benefits from the workouts.

There’s a restaurant on Staten Island in New York that doesn’t employ chefs; they employ grandmas. Every day, a different grandma from around the world designs her own menu and cooks the dishes with her own spin.

What has been your biggest hurdle since starting?

Finding the patience to learn the correct way to do the Olympic lifts. They’re much more technical than most other aspects of CrossFit. Oh and Double Unders.

A single piece of glitter is called a scintilla.

What is your favorite aspect of CrossFit?

Being able to track your progress and see improvements. It’s crazy to do a workout and think there’s no way you could have done any better/faster, and then re-test it 6 months later and beat your time with ease. Also the Saturday partner/group WODs.

The past tense of William Shakespeare would be Wouldiwas Shookspeared.

What are your current goals in CrossFit? 

I’d like to hit a BW snatch, but current shoulder problems are hindering working towards that goal. (I guess I could just lose some weight but let’s not be ridiculous.)

Also, butterfly pullups.

Author Stephen King considers Dolores Umbridge of Harry Potter to be the greatest made up villain since Hannibal Lester.

What is something we don’t know about you?

Well I talk a lot so I feel like everyone knows everything already.

I used to have a pet Rainbow Shark named Dexter and I’ll give you a high-five if you can correctly guess who he was named after.

Also, I think most people have caught on already, but if you haven’t, all of my WODs in ZenPlanner have fun facts for notes.

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