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Old 05-14-2007, 08:15 PM   #1
Sarah Childs
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I started CrossFit seriously 9 May 2006. My good friend Scott McAndrews had begun training me in WODs (modified) the fall prior, and then we became too busy. He was killed in an accident when he and another ski patroller fell into a snow cave and inhaled toxic gases on Mammoth Mountain last April. I took up CrossFit in his honor, and feel him with me every day. In the year since then, I have made incredible gains in my fitness...I know Scott would be proud, and I only wish he were still here to train with in person. Here's some examples:

23/27 CrossFit North Intermediate skills completed in the month of April 2006, did not finish 1)muscle-up, 2)45x.5BW thrusters, 3)KB snatch (no KBs), 4)2000m row (no rower).

BWT 148................128
HR 66..................48
BP 130/80ish...........110/60ish
Pullups 1..............20
Pushups 5..............30+ (never tried more than 30)
DL 95.................200
Back Squat 95..........175
Shoulder Press 50......85
Front Squat 75.........130
Clean 45...............95
Bench 70...............130
"Cindy" 9+ rounds w/ assisted pulls, knee pushups vs. 21+ as rx'd
"Filthy Fifty" 63 min. w/ rampant subs, vs. 38 min only sub 12# wb v. 20#, 20" box jump v. 24"

I could go on with the details, but the important thing is that I have so much more energy for everything I do in my life: I climb way harder; run faster; have begun competing in triathlons again; can keep up on hikes; have not once sprained an ankle, which I used to do constantly, or injured anything else other than muscle soreness; and I feel like a part of an amazing community. I can't wait to see where this takes me in the future! Thanks for everyone's encouragement, whether you knew it or not, seeing results and support for myself and others has meant so much to me.
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:03 AM   #2
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Sarah, wow! What major accomplishments and life changes you have acheived in under a year. You bring major honor to your friend Scott's memory.

Train on!
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:00 AM   #3
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That is Awesome! Congrat's! You will inspire many more I am sure.

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Old 05-15-2007, 05:44 PM   #4
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Excellent work, Sarah.

(Message edited by guerilastrength on May 15, 2007)
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:30 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone! One edit: I did the CFN standards the month of April 2007, not 2006. It would be hard to have done them before I even started!!
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:12 AM   #6
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Those are insane results - you should be very proud!
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Old 05-16-2007, 07:24 AM   #7
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Congratulations, Sarah. Of all your numbers, one of the physiological stats stood out--resting heart rate at 48 bpm? Are you still breathing?

In all seriousness, you should be very proud, as I'm sure your friend Scott would be. Now, go do better!

Best,

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Old 05-16-2007, 01:43 PM   #8
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That is a helluva first post. Way to go.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:34 PM   #9
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Sarah. Wow. Very Impressive. That represents a lot of hard work and commitment. I'm sure Scott would be proud of you.

And I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad he is remembered well. His impact on your life is a great legacy.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:35 AM   #10
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Extremely impressive progress Sarah!!! I can't imagine where you'll be in another years time! :-)
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