As a new CrossFit Box, we are all getting to know each other and building that tight community we always envisioned. Each month we will be profiling a CrossFit Grail Athlete that is interesting and inspirational. A person that demonstrates a positive attitude, shows up every day and puts their heart and soul into their workout, never gives up, cheers everyone on and is passionate about the CrossFit Grail Community. And someone who is pretty cool! Although we think everyone has these qualities, we can only pick one.
January 2018 Athlete of the Month: Cathie McFarren
Why we chose Cathie:
We received numerous nominations for Cathie McFarren as Athlete of the Month. Looking back, I realized that some of my best CrossFit photo memories over the years have featured myself with Cathie after some grueling WOD. Both of us always smiling and full of adrenaline. Cathie is one of my favorite people and certainly one of my favorite athletes.
Cathie embodies the attitude that we want all Grail athletes to aspire to. The principle that our bodies are not to be taken for granted. That as we enter the second half of our lives, our job is not only to keep up with, but to guide our children and grandchildren by example. This cannot be done from the couch. Cathie does this daily through her fitness. Cathie shows up every week with her amazing smile and positive attitude. She continues to push herself with 4 new PRs over the last 30 days to include Back Squat, Front Squat, Bench Press, and Power Snatch. All of this makes us proud to announce Cathie McFarren as the January 2018 Athlete of the Month.
Check out Cathie’s interview video here.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I was born in Florida as my father was active Air Force, but moved to Colorado when I was 3 so I consider myself a native Coloradan. I have 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy who have blessed my husband Bill and I with 11 wonderful grandchildren ranging from 11 months to 11 years. I work for an email marketing company out of Durham, NC but am lucky enough to work from my home in Colorado.
I love to ride my road bike and back in the day even enjoyed mountain biking. I am a huge advocate in helping raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis by either volunteering or participating in walks and the MS 150 Bike Tour each year – we even decided to ride it in multiple states several years ago.
How long have you been doing CrossFit and what got you started?
I started CrossFit in July of 2015. It was so frightening to walk though the door as I really did not understand what it was, but I knew I wanted a change from just walking and biking. I wanted to become stronger for myself and my family. My mom was diagnosed with multiple scleroses when she was in her 30’s and my father passed away of cancer in his early 50’s. Finding a new inner strength with CrossFit is what I believe has helped my fear with genetics coming into play. Be the best you can be for the time your health is given to you is so important.
What did you do for your fitness before CrossFit?
Biking both road and mountain biking was Bill’s and my passion for many, many years – Colorado is known for their great trails. I have marked a ½ and full marathon off of my bucket list, and I am always looking for the next big challenge/adventure!
What do you like most about CrossFit?
I like the variety with CrossFit, gaining strength and mobility is life changing for me.
How has doing CrossFit changed your life outside of the Box?
I have more energy and confidence in myself. I am able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do. Life is a balance – you have to find the right mixture. Mine is my immediate family and my new CrossFit family – they all make me laugh and believe in myself.
What motivates you to keep WOD-ing?
The physical and emotional changes in myself and just the overall atmosphere of the box. I look forward to walking through the door each morning just to see what the WOD is going to be and just knowing I will finish it. I love the no-judging in the box and the encouragement that you can do it.
What are your 3 favorite CrossFit movements?
Box Jumps, Push Jerks and Handstand Push-Ups
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
By far my children and the life my husband, Bill and I have together.
What is YOUR QUEST?
This month: Getting 25 double-unders
This year: Kipping Pull-Up
This lifetime: Maintain my active lifestyle.