October 2014 – Alicia Saars
When asked why Alicia has been chosen as CCF’s athlete of the month, heres what our coaches had to say:
JC: “Shes a determined mofo. Lol with multiple knee surgeries. She still woding and even running. She is truly working on weaknesses. Her mentality has changed in reference to endurance. Complete 180.”
Gillian: “She is always up for helping out around the box, she puts the endurance WOD’s up on Beyond the White Board. She is always willing to push herself and others around her, she really has a great attitude and drive”
Paige: “She’s our loud mouth OG. She’s very persistent and works very hard when she’s here. She’s always there for any of the members when they need her. She’s a caring and wonderful person!”
Tony: “Alicia has been one of the original CCF members and is one of those folks who just doesn’t quit. She’s been through injuries, surgeries, etc., and has bounced back, and continues to train. Making Athlete of the Month is a testament to her tenacity and the fact that she has had to put up with me these past four years!!”
I have been involved in sports since I was a kid. I started out playing tee ball and moved to tennis when I was 10. I was a ranked junior tennis player in the region throughout high school and earned a full athletic tennis scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. After college, I moved onto softball and golf. I would periodically “work out”, but never stuck with any exercise routine for any length of time. My journey into Crossfit began in December 2009, about three months after CCF opened. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was overweight and out of shape, so I figured what did I have to lose. I made an appointment to meet Garrett, who showed me around the original box, which was about a quarter of the size of the current box. I did a private session with Garrett to go over the basics and then jumped right in. Back then, the classes were very small, so I was able to get a lot of coaching, which I desperately needed. In fact, Garrett threatened on multiple occasions to cancel the 4:30 class, because I was the only one who attended. When I started I was not able to run any amount of distance, do a box jump, burpee, or an air squat below parallel. Garrett worked with me a lot and told me that his goal was to get me to do a legitimate air squat. I showed up every day, except if there was a 5k, with two goals in mind: finish the WOD no matter how long it took and not die of a heart attack mid WOD. First thing every morning I would check the WOD and then spend the rest of the day planning my strategy to tackle the WOD. Second, I checked beyond the whiteboard to see how long it took other people to complete the WOD. I continued to show up every day, scaled the WODs to my ability, and over time started to make progress. The three things that I remember about the old box are: 1) we had our own “Wal-Mart Greeter” named Murph. He would greet everyone at the door, with his little nub of a tail going a mile a minute and would always run laps with us around the building; 2) the handmade pull-up bars. When you put four people on them, you just prayed it wouldn’t tip over; and, 3) JC’s green station wagon. You could hear JC coming from a mile away (literally). As soon as he turned by the Mobil station, you were like, “here comes JC”.
Fast forward five years, five surgeries later, and I have made a ton of progress. It is truly amazing to look back and see how far I have progressed. I still show up every day, look at the WODs ahead of time to plan my strategy, and check beyond the whiteboard for the finishing times. There are some movements I will never master, but I am okay with that. My goals still remain to finish the WOD no matter how long it takes, not die of a heart attack mid WOD, and now do as many Rx movements within the WOD as I can. Through all of this, two things haven’t changed … I despise wall balls and I hate running. I have two speeds when it comes to running, slow and slower. To sum it up … “I run, like a herd of stampeding turtles through peanut butter, but I run”. So this past summer, I decided to give CCF Endurance a try. I have made it a point to try and attend one Endurance WOD a week. I bring Annie (my bowel obstruction waiting to happen yellow lab) to run along with me. I almost always finish last, sometimes am lapped several times during the WOD, but I finish. I am still not a fan of running, but at least I don’t dread running during the daily WODs.
Garrett and Paige, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me over the past five years. From the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate it and you will never know how much it means to me. JC and Tony, thank you for working with me in the early years to get me headed in the right direction. Eric, Tawnya, Gillian, Josh, Greg, Aaron, and Carl (yes, I put the worst coach last … lmao, just kidding!), thank you for continuing to coach me throughout my Crossfit journey. Last but not least, Crossfit is really about the people. I have met so many people over the past five years that have encouraged me through a WOD and run with me at the end just to help me finish. Thank you for all the encouragement and for being my friend.