What brought me to CrossFit in the first place was my dog. In the fall of 2011, I was winding down my post collegiate rowing career and had just moved to Covington, KY where I didn’t really know anyone. After a few weeks of walking my dog by CrossFit Covington and seeing all of the intensity (I actually planned my route to get better intel), I got enough courage to walk in the door and start. It was a natural fit for me after years of competing and training in rowing.

I spent about two years CrossFitting and occasionally competing at a very mediocre level, and then on a whim signed up for a local weightlifting meet in the spring of 2014. I caught the bug hard, and started to focus exclusively on Weightlifting. Then, in the fall of 2014, my dad passed away unexpectedly. I became really depressed, an old back injury flared up, and I stopped lifting completely, before I ever had the chance to compete again.

When I decided to move to Colorado in Dec. 2015, I made it a goal to find a Barbell Club and start training again, and I’m not (too) ashamed to admit that I met a Weightlifting coach from Denver on OKCupid and he recommended Brian and CutThroat to me. So I’ll call that the story of what brought me to CutThroat in the first place.

My first impression of CutThroat was when I scheduled an intro meeting with Brian, and he missed the appointment. I was initially hesitant to reschedule and was very close to going with a club in Boulder. But I totally forgave him, and was immediately confident in that choice. Brian’s passion for Weightlifting was apparent and contagious after about 30 seconds of chatting. Even if he did try to make me CrossFit in the beginning, that only lasted for about a week. Ironically, I now know that CutThroat is one of the most professionally run gyms I’ve ever been a part of.

My first bright spot was competing in a local CrossFit partner competition. We were pretty terrible except for one event which had rowing, pullups and overhead squats. I had been working really hard for months to get solid pullups, and was able to smoke the other two movements, and we actually finished that event first in our heat. Also, our team name was Jive Turkeys, which I thought was pretty badass.

I am continuing to work on my Olympic Weightlifting goals. 2018 will be my first year as a masters lifter, so I’m planning to get a feel for competition at that level, build my body up for longevity in the sport, all while keeping my sights on kilo milestones in the snatch, clean & jerk and total. The milestones I’m currently setting my sights on are 80/95/175, then 85/100/185, then maybe someday 95/110/205.

My favorite CutThroat memory is by far the Colorado Classic Meet on Veteran’s Day this past year. Even though it wasn’t my best meet, I was so proud to be a part of our team on that day.