We have so much love for our community, and want to take the chance to highlight one athlete each month that exemplifies hard work – if you haven’t met Vickie yet (or even if you have), make sure to give her a big smile say hello next time you see her at the gym!
Here is a little about Vickie’s journey through CrossFit so far:
I have been doing CrossFit since January 2017, when I first came to CrossFit Terminus at the behest of my fantastic friend Patrick Donohue. I had zero experience lifting weights, a rather repressed experience of uncoordinated gymnastics in P.E. class a million years ago, and some more recent experiences of doing various movements (like squats or burpees) at varying levels of correctness at another (non-CrossFit) gym. My reaction to CrossFit was immediate: This is AWESOME!! I thanked Patrick with a jar of my most favorite arnica salve, which seemed entirely appropriate.
Q: Where are you originally from?
I’m from Richmond, VA. I moved to Atlanta in 2005 for grad school. I still have no idea how to get anywhere without using my GPS, partly because of the 8000 Peachtree Streets.
Q: What class do you attend?
5:30 or 6:30 PM, depending on when I leave work.
Q: Do you have a favorite workout or movement? Least favorite?
Deadlifts! Power cleans! Actually, I love anything involving a barbell. And I like rowing quite a bit now. But I’m not so much a fan of wall balls. Or the assault bike.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby, pastime or interest outside of work (other than CrossFit)?
I read a lot, I drink a good deal of good coffee, and I’m crafty. Anything involving yarn or paint or glue is probably something I’m in to.
Q: Favorite music to work out to or just listen to in general?
They Might Be Giants! I’ve seen them in concert nearly once a year since 1990. But I like a pretty broad range of music, too.
Q: What is something that we may not know about you?
I’m a published writer. I’ve co-edited a book, and I have a few book chapters and essays and blogs and whatnot out in the world. I write about music and science fiction and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I’m a member of the Whedon Studies Association. Yes, there is a Whedon Studies Association.), and I write some memoir stuff, too.
Q: Favorite Atlanta Restaurant?
Currently, everything at 2nd and Hosea: Mix’d Up Burgers, Greater Good BBQ, and Poor Hendrix.
Q: Favorite moment at CF Terminus?
I’m not entirely sure how I’m supposed to pick just one. The Open was awesome, going to see the Atlanta Hawks play was fantastic, every single time someone PRs is the best thing ever, every time I PR is the best thing ever, the question of the day is usually pretty entertaining, this list actually doesn’t end.
Q: How has CrossFit affected your life (inside/outside of the gym)?
I could seriously write an entire essay about this. And maybe I will, eventually (but I won’t do that right here). I’ve met a group of super awesome people whom I really admire. Like, REALLY super awesome people. And with their help and support and encouragement, I’ve done things that I had no idea I could do. For example, I kicked up into a handstand for the very first time ever! I was upside down! Holy cats! It’s sometimes still unfathomable to me exactly what I can do, and how much I continue to progress! So, part of the impact comes from learning to push myself, to do the things that I once thought were impossible, and in redefining what “impossible” is for me. Another part is more subtle, where CrossFit is beneficial in the ways that meditation is beneficial. CrossFit gets me out of my head, and out of my self, and really helps me connect with the present moment. This rep, this movement, this WOD is the whole world while I’m in it. Those are my favorite WODs. And still another part is sheer health benefits. I feel so much awesomer than I have in years!! I can do so much more!!! It’s pretty amazing. =)
Q: Any advice for someone considering trying CrossFit for the first time?
Do it! Don’t be afraid! It’s awesome!
Thank you, Vickie, for bringing an amazing energy and smile to class every single day. Your positivity and sunshine-y disposition are a joy to everyone around you and you are a testament that trusting the process and putting in the time and work each day really does pay off! We have loved watching you grow during your months with us and can’t wait to see all the things that you will achieve in 2018!