1. How many times have you done the open?
I have been doing the open since 2010, before the open was an online competition! For my first open, I went to Austin, Texas with Coach Jeff and Coach Brandon and we all competed together. So, I guess I have competed for the last 6 years!
2. What is the most fun open workout you have ever done?
I tend to be better at longer endurance based workouts. There was a 20 minute amrap of 5 Power Cleans, 10 Toes to Bar and 15 Wallballs that I placed 4th in the region on...It might have actually been more fun when the workout was over haha
There was another workout that was a 7 minute amrap of burpees for max reps. That one was cool because you didn't have to think too much about it...you just had to move through it!
3. What are your goals for this year’s open?
My goal this year is to qualify for the 2016 CrossFit Games as a Master Athlete. I'd like to try to place within the top 30 women in the world in my age group during the 5 week open to have a chance at qualifying for the games this year.
I had two shoulder surgeries two years ago, so I have spent the last two years rehabbing and trying to make strength gains, so I'm ready to give this my best shot!!
4. How do you balance your schedule between the philharmonic and running the gym in order to perform during the open?
I make a lot of lists!! My training can take up to 3 hours a day. I have a monthly calendar, and each week I write in my training schedule so I'm sure I am getting all my work in. My schedule varies week to week depending on what type of concert the symphony has. My coaching schedule stays consistent, so that helps. We also have great coaches that help out on the management side, and a few people have taken some of my classes for the month to help reduce some of the load! For the open, I've given myself the opportunity to do each workout on Friday and a re-do on Monday.
5. Why do you think that CrossFit NOLA members should do the open?
The open is a lot of fun! Every Friday night from 5-7 we will be getting all the members together to do the open together at Mid-City. I've heard some people say that they just started CrossFit and don't think they are ready, but ANYONE has the ability to participate! Everyone that does the open will have a scaling option. Regardless if you are a serious competitor or a member just out of fundamentals, you have a community that supports you and will be cheering for you to do your best!
6. Do you have any specific memories about members setting prs, doing things they didn’t think they could do, etc.?
Every week of every year of the open, I remember someone doing something they had never done before! Several people doing their first chest to bar pullup, people hitting a max snatch or clean and jerk, squatting below parallel for the first time, doing their first toes to bar, or having it be their first "competition" they have ever participated in!
7. What advice would you give to members doing their first open?
Just go into it with the purpose of having a good time. If you are someone who is just now hearing about the open, or who is still a little timid about signing up, talk to any coach, and they can help! The first open workout announcement is this Thursday night, and we would like to get as many of our CrossFit Nola members to sign up as possible! It's a great community event and you never know what you are capable of until you try.
We have an awesome community and will periodically highlight a member of our community!