Friday 140926


Athlete Profile: Elisa G.

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

PCF: When did you start with PCF?
April 2012

PCF: Favorite WOD

PCF: Least Favorite WOD
Anything with burpees.

PCF: What is your prior fitness background? What was your exposure to CF before coming to PCF?
I grew up in an athletic family, so I was always running around as a kid. In high school and college, I was on the crew team. Followed by a long stint in triathlon. I loved all the distances – sprints to the Ironman distance. As you can imagine, a lot of miles and a lot of pounding on the knees. I had friends who were doing crossfit and eventually they talked me into trying a class.

PCF: Talk to us about your thoughts after completing your first WOD.
Funny, I don’t remember it. But I can tell you what I DO remember and that was walking into Patriot for the first time. I can still see it now – women and men sprawled on the floor…gasping for air…moaning…sweaty…tired…physically and mentally exhausted. Music was pounding, but I stopped hearing it. I was scared to death! Like a deer caught in headlights – too scared to run for fear someone would grab my ankle and pull me back in, yet too scared to stay not knowing if that’d be me in an hour! Next thing I knew I was running around the building with a wall ball and selling my triathlon bike.

PCF: Tell us a little about then vs. now with regard to your performances on a couple of the benchmark WODs. Favorite WOD?
I came into this thinking that with my athletic background, I’d be great at it. Crossfit is humbling though. It made me realize that all those hours I spent training for triathlon were not only wearing down my body, but making me tired. I wasn’t half as strong as I thought I was, therefore, horrible at the benchmark WODs. Eventually, I’ve gotten stronger and faster, can pace myself better and know when to scale. A lot has been through training, learning the technique and being patient. I’m super competitive, so it’s hard for me to be patient.

PCF: Favorite CF/PCF moments you’d like to share?
I’d say it’s a toss up between finally getting my first kipping pull-up and finally stringing together some double-unders. Did I say FINALLY?

PCF: Any advice for our newbies?
Talk to everyone! Above all, the community is what keeps me coming back. Brian, I know you’d like me to say it’s your playlist. While I do love Robyn Radio, it’s really the people and coaches that motivate me, challenge me and crack me up each week.

PCF: And finally (and most importantly) Who is the best looking and most fabulous PCF coach around?
Really?? If I answer this, I know the coach I don’t choose will throw in a few extra burpees when they see me walk in next time…

  • Join us for the “King of the Mountain” free class series sponsored by Hudson Trail Outfitters! HTO will be giving away discounts as well as raffling off ski gear. PCF will be covering how to get fit for ski season. Come on out and get ready for the slopes this winter!

    9:30am September 20th at Potomac CrossFit
    12:00pm October 11th at Patriot CrossFit
    10:00am November 15th at Hudson Trail Outfitters

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  • Warmup: EMOTM 8 Min
    3 Cluster
    3 Hip Raise
    Alt: 3 Strict Chinup/3 Divebomber

    RX’d Level II Level I
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    2 Max Height Box Jump
    5-10s Front Lever
    3 Rounds For Time:
    Row 300
    – then 3 Rounds of:
    20 Double Under
    5 Burpee
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    2 Max Height Box Jump
    5-10s Ring Inversion
    3 Rounds For Time:
    Row 300
    – then 3 Rounds of:
    10 Double Under
    5 Burpee
    EMOTM 10 Minutes:
    2 Max Height Box Jump
    4 Knees To Wherever
    3 Rounds For Time:
    Row 250
    – then 3 Rounds of:
    30 Single Under
    5 Burpee

    You will row only three times. Complete three rounds of the Double Unders and Burpees before getting back on the rower. Post box height and time to comments.

    5 Responses to “Friday 140926”

    1. Chesley September 25, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Elisa- great profile!! No one would everrrrrrr make you do extra burpees :-)!

    2. AlisonPCF September 26, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Go Elisa! Great profile.

    3. John S. September 26, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Great profile Elisa! The Patriot 0530 crowd misses having you around, and yes, we still lay around “gasping for air” and feeling sorry for ourselves after the workouts, just like we used to.

    4. Alison September 26, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Yay Elisa!!!

      24″/ 16:33 Rx’d

    5. Natasha September 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      Elisa you are aMazing!