[personal record] bell. I also still can’t believe that I was able to do my first handstand! And to think — it only took me 67 years to accomplish!
What has been the impact of CrossFit on your life outside the box?
It has made me stronger and far more physically fit. I now take the stairs, two at a time, instead of the elevator to help keep in shape. During the last Paleo (Nutrition) Challenge back in June 2014 I lost 17 pounds and still feel great. As a result of that challenge I completely changed my eating habits.
Give us one fun fact about yourself. (Something not everyone knows)
I flew helicopters for the US Army for 36 years. Two of those years were spent in Viet Nam as a Cobra, Huey, and Light Observation helicopter pilot, followed by 27 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard flying out of Otis Air Force Base. While I was in the guard, I actually once needed to make an emergency landing in Sudbury on the girls’ softball field on Raymond Road. There was quite a crowd of onlookers while a maintenance crew worked on the aircraft and I was famous for about four hours. A few years later, I landed a Huey at the Peter Noyes Elementary School in Sudbury for my daughters 5th grade “show and tell” class, and she says she was famous for at least four days!
What motivates you when you hit a rough spot in a WOD?
During the workouts I can see everyone else around me working hard, which always motivates me to do more. I’m so naturally competitive that I want to do my best every time I’m there.
What advice would you give someone new to CrossFit or Daybreak?
I’d tell them to just give it a shot it at first and try to continue to with the program that Mel has established. If I can do it, so can everyone else!