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How were you introduced to Crossfit?

About three years ago I was taking a class at Dishman Community Center; driving home I would pass a building that said CrossFit. I wondered what that was all about. One evening as I drove past it I glanced inside through the windows and saw all this great equipment, climbing ropes, plyo boxes, rings etc. and was really intrigued. My big box gym was boring and this looked like something I would love, though I didn’t even know if it was open to the public or something private.

Many months later (don’t ask me why it took me so long) I decided to Google “crossfit” and found information about it being used to train police officers, so I figured it was a private facility. That did not deter me! As I kept researching it I found more information and also Crossfit facilities in the area.

Favorite WOD/Lift:

I really like all the Olympic lifts, though lately my favorite has been the power clean. I’ve struggled with getting the technique down, but it’s coming along. And any WOD with push-ups. I’m proud of my strict “boy” pushups ☺

I have always wanted to:

Run a marathon in under 4 hours. 4:28 is my best time

One word people use to describe me:


Outside of the gym I like to:

Spend time with my grandchildren and also volunteering for activities with children. I’ve been a counselor for several years at a camp for foster kids that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. It’s awesome to be a part of giving kids a week of fun and feeling totally safe and loved. I just recently volunteered with Girls on The Run. I love helping to make being active fun for kids.

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me

For a very long time I wanted to learn to row. A few years after moving to Portland from southern Oregon, I decided to do it.

I joined a club and before finishing the novice class I was entered in the Row for the Cure, rowing in a women’s 8. During that race I proceeded to “catch a crab” (got my oar caught) thus stopping our boat and finishing last.

I kept at it though for a year, at which time I was asked to participate in regionals. Yes, REGIONALS after barely one year of rowing. It takes YEARS to get good at rowing. But everyone had confidence in me that I would do well, except me.

I went to regionals and entered the first race; I was so scared and worried that I would catch a crab. I never got over that happening in my first race. By some miracle, I didn’t, and we moved on to the finals. Everyone was excited, except me. That meant another race. Well, your thoughts are very powerful, I did catch a crab and we finished last.

I felt terrible for causing my team to lose. I was also entered into a mixed 8 (men & women). I was a basket case, as we rowed out to the start I thought I was going to be sick. I came really close to waving someone over to come and get me out but I knew I couldn’t. I finished that race, no crab! But that was the end of my rowing adventure because rowing was just too stressful for me ☹

Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit

Running, biking, hiking and climbing fig trees to pick every last fig I possibly can.

Favorite place to eat in Portland:

This is not a fair question. You can’t pick just one favorite place to eat in Portland. Two of my favorites are Besaw’s and Tin Shed. I also just recently discovered Laughing Planet and must add that to my list as well.

Song that gets me pumped for a workout:

The Rocky theme song “Gonna Fly Now” and Eye of the Tiger.

Proudest Accomplishment:

Being a good mom (starting at the age of 18), according to my three sons. Running 3 marathons

4 Comments on “WHO’S WHO: ANNETTE!”

  1. Annette, we are soooo happy that you joined OUR CrossFit community! And I’ll take this opportunity to thank you again for volunteering as a running buddy for my Girls on the Run team! Perhaps I can talk you into coaching next year???? Pretty please????

  2. Annette and Tami, when are you going to start training for CrossFit Games Masters together???

    Annette, you have the stuff and best part…no team to worry about!

  3. Thanks Tami & Xi Xia. I’m going to have to take some time to decide whether to coach Girls on the Run or train for CrossFit Games Masters.

    Have I told you lately that…… I Love You CrossFit Portland!

  4. Yay Annette!! That is a great story about your rowing experience. Way to try something new and out of your comfort zone! Crossfit is a perfect fit!
    So glad you are a part of the gym!

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