CrossFit Sandpoint Member Profile: Steve Sanchez
What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
In September of last year, I was staring down at my 20th HS Reunion. My old classmates were in the planning stages, and I didn’t want to show up 20 years older and overweight. I was getting slower and loosing motivation for working out and doing the things I love (mountain biking, road biking, hiking, swimming, and triathlons). I had stuck my head into the Sandpoint CrossFit box once before and was impressed (and intimidated!) by all the fit people, but when I saw Kenny’s post that he was opening up 10 spots for his Foundations class last October, I knew that was going to be my best chance to get out of my rut.
What was your first impression? Has that changed?
At first, I didn’t think I needed a “Foundations” class. I knew how to do all of the lifts, and (I thought) I had good form, but when I couldn’t lift my arms above my head for nearly a week after a scaled pull-up workout, I knew that I needed to calm down and stick to the game plan. Because of biking, I have always had strong legs (or at least thought I did), but my range of motion was horrible! Now that the coaches and I have identified some (many!) of my weaknesses, I am working hard to improve and I hope see that in my races next summer!
What was your first success?
I would have to say my first success is actually sticking with it. Over the last several years there have been times where I have been everything BUT motivated to workout. Before CrossFit, I would come up with every excuse you can imagine to avoid a workout, but now that I have made friends and connections at CrossFit, I go not only because I am looking forward to the workout, but because I feel like I have to be there for my friends in the 4:30 class. People like Travis, Jim, Ryan, Chase, Chrystal, and Terry (and all of the coaches!) inspire and motivate me to go harder and not give up, (and the 5:30 ladies give me crap if they don’t see me during their warmup)! I like to say “The hardest part is just showing up!”
What are you working on now?
Now that I am tracking my progress and getting stronger, I’m working on completing all the Function workouts at RX. My goal is to be able to complete all of the 2018 CrossFit Open workouts (scaled for my age group) in the allotted time, and I want to finish all of my 2018 races within the top 10% of my age group!
What’s your favorite CrossFit Sandpoint memory?
My favorite memory was doing the 4th of July WOD at City Beach with so many other CFers! That was awesome!