I have been an athlete all my life. Growing up in Rochester, NY I competed nationally in gymnastics all the way through high school, eventually earning a college scholarship to compete in the sport for the University of Maryland. I competed for Maryland for four years and graduated in 2008. After graduation, I retired from the sport of gymnastics and moved to Charlottesville, Va to attend law school at the University of Virginia.
My first semester of law school was the first time in my life where I wasn’t training for a sport, and I felt lost without some sort of athletic pursuit to put my efforts toward. In January of 2009 a friend suggested that I try CrossFit. I decided to give it a shot and started following the mainsite on my own for about 6 months. That summer CrossFit Charlottesville opened its doors, and after a little coaxing from the owners I decided to join a real box. I got my first taste of CrossFit competition that winter, and I was hooked. I decided to make it my goal to train and make it to the CrossFit Games. I fell short in 2010, finishing 5th in my regional and missing the cut. Motivated to train harder for 2011, I worked on my weaknesses, finished 2nd in the MidAtlantic Regional and qualified to the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, where I finished 12th in the world.
The 2011 Games may be over, but my story is not. I’m already looking forward to the 2012 CrossFit season and ways to continue to improve and grow as an athlete and a person. I decided to create this blog to talk about my experiences in CrossFit and my life after graduating from law school.