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Meet Our Community – Pat Crowell

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WHAT IS YOUR NAME AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
Pat Crowell
Employment = Campus Technology Assistant GISD, first person to contact if the user’s technology (hardware or software) isn’t functioning as they think it should.

WHAT IS YOUR FITNESS BACKGROUND?
I grew up active; walking or riding a bicycle to school, camping, swimming, water skiing, lots of dancing in HS.

My military career ‘forced’ me into regular calisthenics. Nothing gave me the incentive to perform more than what I had to – until my assignment to Germany. The assignment I had in Germany required physical stamina for our field training exercises (FTX). To keep us in shape our morning PT included stretches, sit ups, jumping jacks, regular and 8 count pushups (much like burpees), and running. Daily runs were a mile, Friday’s were 3 miles, once a month – 10 miles. Anyone completing the 10 miles took the rest of the day off – it was hard to stay awake afterwards. I completed the 10 mile run only once in the 3 year period.

My civilian life afterwards wasn’t sedentary, but not as active. Most activity was cycling, walking the dog and gardening.
I enjoyed TaeKwonDo for about 4 years but mostly to encourage my son to be active, not because I had a ‘love’ of the sport.
In an effort to combat high cholesterol issues I purchased a treadmill and on really nice days ran the neighborhood.

4 years ago a friend of mine asked me to help her lose weight. She needed a running partner. For little more than one school term we met nearly daily and ran before starting our school day. On weekends we would meet and run neighborhood parks and White Rock. Once she met her goal we didn’t meet as often.

At this point I needed something to keep me motivated. My son suggested CrossFit.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING?
Wodify says I’ve been active since Jan 2014 = 3 years

TAKE US BACK TO YOUR FIRST DAY OF CROSSFIT…HOW DID YOU FEEL?
Hey, I’m an old lady, my memory isn’t that good.
I’m sure I was hesitant. I was visiting Washington state when my son told me that his box was waiting for me to visit. I was given the basic evaluation to determine my fitness level. The coach was very friendly as were the athletes.
When I returned to Rowlett I didn’t arrange for a formal introduction at CFR – I just showed up. The coaches were so nice to put up with me. Jackie put me through the same type of evaluation and gave me an introduction to some of the lifts. Mark, Andrew, Charles and Jackie were very accommodating.
Once I became an ‘official’ member of CFR I felt as if all eyes were on me. Coaches eyes that is. They made sure my movements were done properly and never pushed me to do more than what I thought I was capable of. If I wanted to add weight or attempt a movement – they were there to encourage and critique.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF CROSSFIT ROWLETT?
This is a hard question to answer. On any particular day my answer would be different.
The people – coaches and athletes.
The encouragement and camaraderie. Not just from those in my skill level – but from the younger competitors as well.
The WODS. No way can someone get bored – the movements are changed up daily. Very few if any, WODs are repeated.
I can see improvement in my physical abilities.

Ok now that I’ve been thinking about this – my favorite part is: ‘my’ box accommodates me and my schedule.
I stop nearly every day on my way to work and row 1,000 meters.
I estimate that I have rowed the Lake Ray Hubbard inlet behind RHS 366 times, approx. 227 miles.

CURRENT TRAINING GOALS/PRS?
If I were younger I’m sure I would have specific PR goals. I just want to keep moving and stay as strong as I can.
It would be a momentous occasion if I could perform doubleunders.
Should the time come, I want to be able to play with the grandkids in any capacity. I want to be able to lift them when needed and I don’t want to say, “Help granny up from the floor”.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THOSE JUST STARTING OUT IN CROSSFIT?
Have fun with it. Try the movements, try the WOD. Do what you can and build on it. Do not compare yourself to others – they are not you. If the movement doesn’t feel right – stop. Do not hurt yourself.

WHAT’S YOUR GO TO CHEAT MEAL?
I don’t have a ‘cheat meal’.
I try to eat smart, not too much and no fast food, no deep frying in my house.
I love fruit and veggies. If it wasn’t for a good grilled steak or chicken I’d be a vegetarian.
I mostly eat wraps and salads with LOTS of greens.
Because of CF I allow myself to eat anything – that includes cake, ice cream (within limits). Candy isn’t a real turn-on.
I’m of the mind that when you eliminate any particular food you’ll crave it and ultimately overindulge.

WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU MOST TICKLED ABOUT?

I can do ‘toes to bar’ and I have competed 2 Savage Races since becoming a member of CFR.  Box jumps don’t count since they still scare me.

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