1 – Tell us about yourself outside of Daybreak CrossFit North.
I grew up in Long Island, NY until my parents moved to Maine in 2008. I actually never really spent anytime living in Maine as I finished my senior year in Virginia and then went to WPI for college after. I did spend the summers home in Maine; however, my time was mostly spent working with my parents as we owned a Liquor Store in Old Orchard Beach. After I graduated from WPI, I commissioned into the US Army. After 4 years active, I decided to leave since it was hard trying to find a base where my now wife, Julie, could also find a job. I currently work as a Project Engineer for the Department of Veteran Affairs at the West Roxbury Campus. We currently do not have any kids, however are planning to have them in the near future. We do have a lovely 9 year-old cat named Aggie.
2 – Tell us about your CrossFit journey so far, what have you learned about yourself, and what keeps you coming back?
I started CrossFit back in 2016 since I hated going to gym alone. Since I started my first class, I was automatically hooked. I enjoyed the drive to push yourself to the max during each workout, as well as then trying to beat your own time on repeat workouts. From doing CrossFit, I have learned that anytime I think I cannot do another round/rep and I look up and see everyone pushing just as hard, it allows me to dig deeper and complete that round/rep. As for what keeps me coming back, it has always been the other classmates that I have met and the camaraderie that we all have to support to each other during the workouts.
3 – Tell us something that would surprise us to hear you’ve done.
Last year, I joined my colleagues running team for the Reebok Ragnar Cape Cod run. What I didn’t know until after I had paid for my registration, was that it was a 200-mile overnight running relay starting in Hull, MA and finishing in Smuggler’s Beach, MA, completed in 2 days with teams of only 12 people. My colleague told me we were just running for fun and not competing for time. This of course did not happen as my group was extremely competitive and we actually finished 17th in our division of 203 teams. We are planning to run it again in 2020 and beat our previous time of 25:58:35.
4 – What are you looking forward to over the holiday season?
I am a foodie at heart, so I am really looking forward to all the different food options during the holiday season. The only downside is that I’ll have to work to as hard during each workout so I can indulge accordingly.