Day 0: An Introduction

An inspiring image (and most definitely not me)

Hello. My name is Claire. I am 24 years old and live in Denver, CO. I work at an entry-level B2B Marketing job, live with my boyfriend and border collie, and enjoy the kinds of things that other 24-year old Denverites enjoy: hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and drinking beer. I am relatively active but not terribly athletic, with moderate asthma and a very serious addiction to all things involving melted cheese and/or pancakes.

I have spent the majority of the last decade trying to figure out WHY I feel driven to get in shape. I am 5’3, weigh about 130 lbs, with a petite build, narrow shoulders and slim hips. I am neither overweight nor sedentary: I run 5-10 miles a week, and generally get at least one other activity (climbing, skiing, hiking, biking, etc) in once a week as well. By most standards, I am an active girl with an average-to-above average build.

But there’s something else you should also know about me: I have spent the past 2 years as a very active outdoor professional, guiding rafting and backpacking trips, working at a ski resort, and generally being as much of a dirtbag as possible. Doing those sorts of things all the time is my dream. I want to be a very active person with the capacity to wake up in the morning and hit the trail running, then follow that up with a few hours of climbing or skiing and maybe a bike ride. And, even after 2 years on the river and the mountain, I don’t quite feel like I’m there. This is a classic case of my outsides not matching my insides, and it has taken me until the last few months – when I’ve moved back to the “big city” to work in a Big Girl Job – to realize that in order to really feel like I’m meeting my potential as a person and as an adventurer, I need to get to the next level of fitness and endurance.

So now what you know the WHY, here’s the HOW:

I’m sure a lot of you have at least heard of crossfit: a style of workout that involves intervals of basic, sometimes almost primitive, moves, done with extreme intensity. I have tried listening to Jillian Michaels; tried following a running program (I am currently also training for a marathon in October); and tried eating nothing but eggs and canned tuna. I have tried getting into yoga, and I love it, but it just doesn’t push me in the way that I feel I need to be pushed. So, starting tomorrow, I am embarking on a challenge to do Crossfit for 90 days. This does not necessarily mean 90 days straight, because I know that I will need to give my body a few days to recover here and there, but for the next 3 months I will be documenting this (hopefully intense and transformative) new phase in my life as an adventurer and athlete.

I will also be occasionally posting some “fitspo” – images from around the internet of athletic women whose physical fitness and determination inspire me. Other things you can expect to see are occasional food diary entries, pictures of my physical progress, and maybe even a video or two of me passed out on the side of the road or struggling to do a pull-up (aka dangling).

Thanks for joining me, and here’s to the next 90 days!

  • Kim

    Looking forward to seeing you succeed and watching your progress! You got this!

    • http://clairechapman.wordpress.com claire chapman hay

      Thank you Kim! I’m definitely excited/nervous :)

  • http://crossfit.nickmomrik.com/ Nick Momrik

    Good luck on your journey! From your background I think you are going to love it.

  • http://crossfit.nickmomrik.com/ Nick Momrik

    Good luck on your journey! Judging by your background I think you are going to love CrossFit.

  • Hannah

    I love that I came across your blog (on the same day I went to my intro crossfit class!) good luck, I am excited to read!

    • http://clairechapman.wordpress.com claire chapman hay

      Thanks Hannah! I’d love to hear how your crossfit experience develops too!

  • http://inmysparetimeicrossfit.blogspot.com/ Christie

    Saw this on pinterest.
    Good luck with Crossfit- it really is an amazing workout! Which box are you going to?

    • http://clairechapman.wordpress.com claire chapman hay

      So at one point I had replied to this thinking you were asking about box JUMPS. Now I am embarrassed :) Anyway, I am at Crossfit Jai, which is about 10ish minutes NW of downtown Denver.

  • http://twitter.com/SnowfoxBandit Simone

    Went back to read the intro after following you for awhile (why didn’t I do this first, I wonder?). Again. You’re awesome. I can’t wait to graduate in May so I can get a real person job and have my nights homework-free… so I can turn my “whatever-blog” into a “health & fitness journey” one like yours.

    Isn’t it amazing to see how far you’ve come in a year??

  • Mama to 4

    I’m so excited to have found you at your 1 year anniversary!!!! Love the blog…you’re inspiring!!!

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