I love this Wonder Woman Wednesday weekly blog post so much … I just love highlighting other women of all ages, that a setting a great example for us all. I am passionate about changing the way as a society we think about women and view ourselves. The only way this is going to change is if we lift each other up and set a good example for each other. Having 3 daughters I am driven to set an example to them
Im a 53 year old female, the mother of a gorgeous Labradoodle called Lexi and a current serving police officer. I am nearing retirement (retiring at 55 years of age) and when that day finally arrives I intend to further pursue my personal training business.
I love to travel with my partner and have just discovered travelling by ship cruises. I loved my first cruise in 2014 and we have booked our next voyage for 2016. My pre-requisite for any holiday I take is that a comprehensive gym is readily available (preferably a crossfit gym but if not I can make do) and that I have access to good quality food.
2. Have you always been involved in fitness?
I have always been involved in fitness, from the very traditional early school years of netball, moving into triathlons in my early 20’s. I competed in triathlons of all distances for many years, competing at State level in my age group travelling all over the State and Interstate to compete. Towards the end of my triathlon days I moved to competing in half ironman events (1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run) but after a reoccurring leg injury I moved into competitive road cycling and became absolutely hooked on road racing.
I had a bike for every occasion and weather conditions and trained in the early morning’s everyday with every weekend competing in a road race of some sort all over the State. I particularly loved racing in team events and due to my size was quite successful when racing in hilly conditions. I also thoroughly enjoyed competing in the SA Police Games and World Police and Fire Games over the years.
Due to my love of cycling I NEVER for one moment ever thought I would ever stop cycling and having had the latest of bikes and every cycling gadget possible I was truly set for many more years of cycling until the day I walked into a Crossfit Foundations class and as the saying goes,‘the rest is history’.
For those close to me the thought that I was not cycling anymore was almost impossible to fathom, for myself as well if I am honest. So at first as I started to feel my way with Crossfit I kept cycling and racing on the weekends but as the days turned into weeks and weeks into months my beautiful carbon fibre bike with wheels that cost more than most people’s car started to gather dust and cobwebs. Not having been prepared for the inevitability of loving Crossfit so much I left my bike hanging in my shed for many many months until it finally hit me that I did not want to go back to cycling, I just wanted to do more Crossfit and improve my weaknesses and enjoy my strengths, so the bike got sold. (luckily I sold it to a friend so I still get to see it out and about which makes me smile
3. What exercise/sport do you do – why did you choose this sport?
It’s funny I wouldn’t say I chose Crossfit, I think Crossfit chose me. Crossfit provided me with a training program unlike no other. It had it all, just look at Glassman’s ‘Fitness in 100 words’ that encapsulates it all really. Coming from an endurance background I found I had a solid ‘engine’ but lacked strength and skill in weightlifting and certain gymnastic movements. Aside from the love of constantly learning something new or being challenged in ways I had never been challenged before, I loved the community of Crossfit. I know it’s been said many times before by Crossfitters, but working out with and talking to like-minded goal oriented people is inspiring and motivating.
4. Do you follow a specific diet?
I follow the principles of Paleo eating but am not 100% Paleo. I enjoy disciplined and structured eating full of clean food that enhances my training. I tend to eat a diet high in protein to support my training, given that I train 5-6 days per week.
5. What does a week of training/exercise look for you?
I train every weekday from 6-7am, then Saturday mornings for 1 to 2 hours. Currently I am seeing a specific weights coach to focus on some of my weaknesses. I also ensure I utilise recovery methods such as a daily infared sauna and stretching through yoga sessions.
6. What are you weaknesses?
Mobility and flexibility are constant issues for me and if I do not continually address the two my weightlifting will become affected. Being a smaller athlete I need to concentrate a great deal of my training time to my lifting and getting or keeping myself as strong as I can for my age.
7. What are your strengths?
Body weight exercises and endurance wods are easier for me to complete over a 1RM lift but recognising this I continually strive to work on my lifting. I never thought my running was that great when I did triathlons but since starting Crossfit I have found my running has really improved to the point where I won’t say I enjoy running but I certainly find it easier to do within a wod.
8. What are your future aspirations?
I have been extremely lucky to have competed in the Crossfit Games in Carson LA in 2012 and 2014 (Masters 50-54 age group) and will never forget the experience of attending my first Crossfit Games, it was unbelievable, I was like a child in a lolly shop, eyes and mouth wide open head spinning in all directions, loving every minute of it.
I may work towards another attendance if the opportunity was to arise again in possibly 2017. The Crossfit Games is the ultimate competition and to attend as one of 20 athletes in the world for your age group is such a wonderful sense of achievement in itself, anything else from there is just pure fun and enjoyment (although I wasn’t enjoying much after some of the wods in 2014!!).
I also just want to do everything possible to enable me to stay fit and healthy so that in my retirement I can train, eat, sleep and live life to its fullest
These sterling silver bracelets are a perfect reminder of the journey of getting fit and strong. A barbell for those girls who love to lift, or a Train Hard or Go Home Weightplate …. 24-7 inspiration and motivation. Wear Your Passion and be reminded of your desires all day.
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Happy Hump Day!