Martha is Heading to the CrossFit Games!

As many of you know, Martha qualified to compete in the master’s division (60+) of the CrossFit Games this year!  The CrossFit Games will be held in Madision, Wisconsin this year from August 3-6.  For more information on the CrossFit Games, visit the site here: CrossFit Games

A little about Martha…

I started CrossFit at my son’s gym, CrossFit Charlottesville in 2010. My sport background included running, biking and swimming and some gymnastics. Believing I knew all that I needed to know about health, fitness and training, at age 55, I was just going to give it a try. Seven years later, I’m still learning and training and Level 1 Certified. I’m still getting stronger and fitter in many areas, a true surprise at my age. I love sharing with others why constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement makes us fit and I enjoy training others to become healthier athletes. I participated in the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games in LA and look forward to this year’s Games in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m so happy to be part of the CrossFit, world-wide community!

What are you looking forward to the most going back to the Games?

It’s such a great opportunity to be gathered together with so many CrossFit athletes who challenge themselves daily – whether to compete in the Games or in local events or who just challenge themselves at their own gyms. It’s an amazing celebration event in that sense whether people are in the stands or on the floor!  Can you imagine going to a football game where everyone in the stands plays football?

How are you preparing for the 2017 Games?

Working hard, tackling my weaknesses and maintaining my strengths, oh, and finding rest days!  I’m so grateful to have the support of our own trainers who help me with tips in their specialties.

You have been to the Games twice already, what is the best piece of advice you could give to those going for the first time?

Train hard and smart before you go but make sure to have fun once the competition begins. – Just go all out!

What is your favorite pre & post WOD meals?

I feel best if I start my day with eggs, or other protein, lot of veggies and some fruit plus coffee.  I eat throughout the day and have been supplementing with some protein drinks. Whole chocolate milk always tastes good!

There are been many new skills and WODs unveiled at the Games over the years. Do you think Dave is going to introduce anything new to this year’s Games in Madison?

Well, there are lots of lakes around Madison! We shall see what water sports come up.

What are you looking forward to most at the Games (besides competing)?

The food trucks, the CrossFit camaraderie like at our own gym but on a far larger scale, getting reacquainted with those I met 3 and 4 years ago and making new friends.

What is your goal for this year’s Games?

It’d be cool to come out ahead of my last performances, finishing at 13th and 16th.

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