Who’s Who: Stacey G!

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How were you introduced to Crossfit?

I met Rochelle at an elementary school function. I had a neck injury and did some rehab with her. I watched wods from the corner thinking – wow, I’d like to do that.

Before I was cleared to start Crossfit, I took a Pose running class with Madoc. It was a large class and he said he would do burpees if he forgot anyone’s name. I was the only one whose name he forgot and hence, my first introduction to burpees.

Once I got the green light from Rochelle, I signed up for the 6am, 3x a week class in the middle of winter. Not sure what I was thinking. And I was kind of nervous being in my early 40s, definitely the oldest one in the class.

How has CrossFit changed your life?

On a variety of levels:

I am able to do things physically that I never thought I’d be able to do. To put it in perspective, I was the girl in the jumpstart class who couldn’t do pushups off a tower of boxes. And now, I can string them together from the floor.

My level of strength is beyond my wildest dreams and it keeps getting better. The saying that good things happen at the end of your comfort zone really held true for me. And still does.

On a personal level, I’ve met people at Crossfit Portland that I know will always be an important part of my life.

You’ve probably seen me with my wod partner Priya. We met at jumpstart almost 2 years ago and became wod partners soon thereafter. We’ve done countless wods together, and coordinate our schedules weekly, if not daily. We’ve done numerous rounds of body comp, oly lifting twice, and just finished strength programming. It’s to the point where she can look at my bar and know what weight I should put on. She’s a force to be reckoned with and is always pushing me. And for that, I am thankful.

Crossfit has given me a feeling of badassery at the ripe young age of 44. I love that our Crossfit community creates athletes among all age groups. And I love the example that I am setting for my boys.

I was at a feed store with Thing 2 last week and “cleaned” a 50# of feed on my shoulder. As I’m walking to the register a clerk asked me if I needed help. Thing 2 responded “no, she lifts heavy weights, she can do it.”

I have always wanted to:

Be able to say the following words:

Dog (dawg), coffee (cawfee), four (fawh). Or, just be able to order a cup of coffee somewhere without someone mocking me. You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take New York out of the girl.

One word people use to describe me:

Strong. As in willed, personality, minded…

What do you do for work and fun outside of Crossfit?:

I have a land development consulting business. I work with public and private clients. I manage teams of architects, engineers, attorneys, etc. I love seeing a project come to life.

For me, fun = quiet. You can typically find me with a book in hand, near my fireplace with the dog on my lap. I also like to bake – my boys have been gf and df for over 7 years. This forced me to get my A game on in the baking department before there were many gf df options.

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

Ok. I am an indie nail polish hoarder. There. I said it. Isn’t this the first step to recovery?

Think artisan nail polish, stuff you can’t get in stores. Yeah – you read that right. Special glitter blends, duochromes, shade shifters, holos. I am CONVINCED there is a direct correlation between a new bottle of indie glitter polish and me getting a PR.

Song that gets me pumped for a workout:

Anything that Brad has playing on a Sunday morning!

Proudest Accomplishment:

Thing 1 and Thing 2, my boys. Pure mayhem, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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