Tell us about yourself, your family, your occupation, hobbies/interests.
We moved to St. Mary’s in 2003. I think most everyone knows my wife Melissa, and those of you that don’t should. I am blessed to have her in my life as well as the five gifts she has given me Maisy, Julia, Stephen, Eva, and Justin. I am always amazed at how our Lord gives ways for us to work on our humility, from simple questions like this one or in passing conversations.
About three weeks ago on of my fellow quinquagenarians (from the same boot camp class) asked “So what do you do Dave?” I smiled and said, “I work at the Academy, Director of Operations/Activities.” It was a fresh experience, I thought everyone knew where I work. We try to center everything as close to home as possible focusing interests around family and close friends.
When do you start CrossFitting? Why did you start? Why do you continue now?
“Boot Camp” as it was referred to back then was August 2015 for me and seven others. I started because I knew I had to. I saw how much Melissa was enjoying going to class and since I trust her judgement above all else it wasn’t hard for me to get interested. When she asked, “Do you want me to sign you up?”, it wasn’t difficult to say yes and I continue now because she was right. I am now feeling the benefits becoming realized both physically and spiritually.
Do you remember your first WOD? What were your thoughts after your first WOD?
No, I don’t remember my first WOD but I do recall being more nervous about my decision to start CrossFit for days after. I was exposed to just how far off the fitness continuum I was.
What do you enjoy most about CrossFit?
I most enjoy all the levels of interaction with the coaches and athletes. I have a high regard their CrossFit stories, comradery, ability, dedication, and support. “Where fun and fitness meet,” and if I stop having fun I probably won’t come back.
Secondly, and only to heap on the praise where it is called for, our coaches are superior and that makes me feel good about my investment.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
Completing through scaling, all five of the Open 2017 workouts for the 55-59 age group was good for me and I want to continue each year so I can use it as a benchmark. I am proudest when I look at the scores and see that Melissa and Maisy kicked my butt again.
What is your favorite movement or lift? What is your least favorite?
My favorite movement is the OHS. I feel that every joint in my body is conspiring against me to ever get good at it. It is personally rewarding to manage the weight and balance of the complex movement. All the other movements tie for least favorite.
Have you had one or two challenging CrossFit goals that you've achieved recently? What are your current goals and how close are you to reaching them?
I did achieve my main goal and was able to drop over twenty pounds and I have been able to keep it off. I also took a coach’s advice to heart about not trying a kipping pull-up until I could do 3-5 strictly. It took two years but I got my first kipping pull-up in August of 2017. I am in this for the long haul so I want to continue to make improvements and gains whether big or small and of course continue to have fun.
What makes CrossFit different from other fitness programs that you might have tried in the past?
I have never taken part in a formal fitness program before CrossFit. I have periodically played recreational sports, lifted weights, and once I even tried the DVD thing but it only lasted two weeks. The difference for me is “Where fun and fitness meet” and having our great coaches as the motivational and stabilizing force.
Tell us about your nutrition and how it has changed, if any, since starting CrossFit?
This is not the best area for me to talk about. I have tried to curb my intake and make healthier choices. This is my lifestyle “goat”.
If you could write a WOD for the classes to do, what would it look like?
4 RFT- 7 OHS, 20 WB, 400m run…with Master’s scaling of course. 115/95/75
What advice do you have for others about the importance of the dedication of taking care of yourself, of investing in yourself?
I would say, it took far too long for me to recognize how sedentary I had become. You can’t get those years back but you can change those habits and improve your fitness level for the long haul. Helping yourself will help you to help others you love and care for in every side and area of your life
In my final words I can say that I never expected to even get a look, let alone the nod, for going through this interview process being that there are countless athletes that should be recognized before me. All of you make it “The Box” and motivate me every time I step through the door. Most of all I thank my very special wife and family members for all their support and encouragement.