Name: Máire C
DOB: October 28th
Occupation: Management Consultant
CrossFitting Since: I started in CrossFit 353 in Dublin, Ireland in 2013 and then joined Belltown in 2015 when I moved to the US.
First Memorable CrossFit Experience: Maybe my very first WOD. It had been a while since I had done any real intense physical exercise. I remember thinking how great it was, but also how sore I would be the next day.
Favorite WOD: ‘Fight Gone Bad’ – the wall-ball, sumo deadlift, box jump, push-press and row combo makes this one of my favorite WODs. I also really like bodyweight WODS that include push-ups, air squats, burpees, etc. because I can do them anywhere and no equipment is needed.
Favorite Lift: The Clean and Jerk. This year I’ve made it my goal to spend more time focusing on the Olympic lifts and I go to Lincoln’s brilliant Oly classes on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Least Favorite WOD: You’ll see me shying away from any workout with an overhead squat.
Favorite CrossFit Moment: My first CrossFit Open in 2014 — Coach Gary in Dublin told me to sign up and I had no idea what I was getting myself in for, but I’ve done it every year since then and it’s certainly gotten me through the dark winters in Seattle over the last two years.
Why You Do CrossFit: I really like team sports and I played Gaelic Football (Google ‘GAA’) all throughout secondary school and college. But when I started work I found it difficult to commit to a team and did not enjoy playing football as an adult. I started to pick up niggly injuries and often missed training because I was working late. After that I got into running, but found it quite boring. So when my good friend Peter opened CrossFit 353 I decided to check it out and got hooked. For the first time in years I found a sport that had a team-sport feel to it that I could commit to on my own terms. I really enjoy the constantly varied programming but also the focus on moving well. Joining CrossFit Belltown has been a great way for me to meet new people and make friends in Seattle.
Favorite Cheat Meal: The twice baked almond croissant at Bakery Nouveau in Capitol Hill or West Seattle. Anyone who has had one knows that it’s a meal in itself.
CrossFit Secret: Just compete against yourself. I have found myself comparing myself to others in the past and got frustrated when other people appeared to be progressing and I wasn’t. Through injury and other self-inflicted pain I’ve learned the hard way – I’m not here to compete against others but just do the best I can.
What Do You Do On Rest Days: I love to bake and cook – if anyone asks me what book I’m reading it’s quite likely to be a cook book! When I’m not in my own kitchen, I like to try out new restaurants and coffee shops around Seattle.
What Can’t You Live Without: Lululemon. I have a little addiction that’s burning a big hole in the pocket of my expensive yoga pants.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Right now it’s Southern California because sunshine is nearly always guaranteed and only a short flight from Seattle.