CFCR ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2016
Deanna M Schmidt
When did you start CrossFitting…Couple of years ago????? Don’t know the day.
Favorite wod... Annie and in some weird way the “Filthy Fifty”
Least favorite wod… Anything with OH Squats
Favorite lift… Dead Lift & Push Jerk
Least favorite lift... OH Squat
Tell us bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military interest etc..)… I am born and raised Colorado and love it. I married my best friend (Walter) in January 2000. We moved to Castle rock in November 2000 for the small town feel. Boy, have things changed since then! We have two amazing children: Chloe, 16 and Christian, 7. I am an operations manager for Colorado Barricade and have been with the company for 24 years. I manage the Pavement Marking and Sign Install lines of business. I was never into sports growing up, but I can play a pretty mean game of pool. I have a lot of family in the military, but I never served myself.
How were you introduced to Crossfit: My cousin who is a trainer at Fort Bragg Crossfit is the one who sparked my interest in crossfit. I watched her transform herself into a fit, strong, beautiful lady and thought to myself, if she can do it so can I. I signed up through Spencer and loved it! It was short lived due to some family issues that wouldn’t allow me to continue. After a couple of years, I decided to go back. I went to the 7:30pm class, did the warm up, and walked out. It took me two weeks to step foot back into the box. I am so glad I did. I have been back for almost 2 years and love it. I have met a lot of wonderful, positive, strong, inspiring, and very motivating people. The coaches are amazing! In the past year I have become a new person with a whole different outlook on life. I have decided to surround myself with these amazing people I consider family and wouldn’t change a thing.
What were you doing before CrossFit.. NOTHING! I came home from work, ate crap, and sat on the couch. My lunches usually consisted of fast food. I smoked a pack a cigarettes a day. I was overweight and unhealthy.
What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout… I thought I was going to die! I was so sore and could barely walk. It was very tough for me, especially since weighing in at close to 200lbs. I couldn’t run around the building and couldn’t jump. I kept telling myself to just keep moving no matter how slow, just keep moving. I still have that conversation in my head to this day.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit… Quit smoking, lose weight, eat healthier and fix me! When I saw what a big deal the open was, I thought I will do one someday!
Have you achieved any of those goals... Yes, I haven’t smoked in over 2 years. I am down about 30lbs. (not yet to my goal but I am getting there the healthy way). I eat very clean and try to get to crossfit at least four times a week. I signed up for the open, so we will see….
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym…. Yes, I am more active. I have so many strong, positive people I call friends. I can keep up with my kids. I am a more positive role model for them. I got my husband to join last year. I am very proud of him!
Any advice for people getting started... Stick to it! Listen to the coaches. The results will come. Take pictures of yourself. When you’re sore, keep going! Get involved with all the different events and meet people. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Some of your recent accomplishments… I can run a mile, a very slow mile but I can do it. I recently did my first Hero WOD, it was rough but I did it. I recently started doing the partner WOD’s and love them. Very fun! I have done several 5k mud runs. My goals for this year are to do a handstand, Rx a pullup, RX pushups, run a quicker mile, and just continue to eat healthy and get stronger. I signed up for Open this year and I am terrified. When that is complete I can mark that off the to do list.
I just want to say that I was completely shocked when I received the email regarding athlete of the month. I never considered myself an athlete. I have a long way to go to get to my goals, but this just gave me the extra boost I needed.