Athlete of the Month 10/2017 Shannon Seahawer!
Not only was Shannon nominated to be AOM by fellow peers, she is a great example of what is possible when someone puts their inhibitions and insecurites aside and just goes for it...and continues to go for it one day at a time. A 6 year accumulation of 1 day at a times equals amazing progress!
•When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit Sept 2011 in the intro academy class
DT is my favorite wod
•Least Favorite WOD?
Probably Karen is my least fave
•Least Favorite Lift?
•What were you doing before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit I wasn't a regular gym-goer. I was active but didn't have exercise that I loved doing so my exercising was always a chore. Something I was good about for a couple months then not for even longer amount of time.
•What were your thoughts after your 1st CrossFit workout?
"This is fitness AND fun!?"
•What were your goals when joining CrossFit?
My goals when joining CrossFit was to just be consistent and keep that consistency for longer than I had in the past with other gym memberships.
•Have you achieved any of those goals?
I have achieved that goal and so many more since. I continue to surprise myself & set new goals to someday achieve.
•Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym?
CrossFit helped life outside gym- Without a doubt. I am an ICU nurse so CrossFit has helped me both physically and emotionally. Physically, when I started I had such significant back pain while standing and walking all day, moving patients, etc that I was unable to do an ab mat sit-up or even swing a KB without pain. While I joined CrossFit to help me gain physical strength, it was just as beneficial if not more for my emotional strength as well. I knew that my compassion & carryover concern past my 12 hr day was not going to change, so I've learned over the years that CrossFit has been great for that emotional strength.
•What are some of your best WOD times/ achievements inside the gym?
My best wod times/achievements-Completing the Warrior Dash just a year after I broke my leg at the finish line of the warrior dash the year before.
•Do you have any other special memories/ achievments during your time here?
I'd have to say that the first year doing CF I pushed myself and took a huge step out of my comfort zone and signed up to do the Warrior Dash with a bunch of my CrossFit family. It took me over 2 and 1/2 hrs but when I got to the last mud slide to the finish line, I saw and heard them all cheering me on. They were dried in mud, having finished hours before me. My foot stuck in the mud so as I went to slide down I heard the snap. I knew I had broken my leg but darn it if I had come all this way to not cross that finish line! I tried to stand up but couldn't, so I started to crawl to the finish line when I see everyone come to my side and JP & Chris lifted me up and helped me across the finish line...all of us, together. I ended up with a plate & 14 screws & was non weight bearing on that leg for a few months afterwards. I went to the box and did what I could, rowing with my cast on a med ball, and a lot of upper body work. Fast forward to a year later, I knew I had to do the warrior dash again...to prove to myself that I could do it and not let that be my last memory of my first step outta my comfort zone. I was truly scared, wiping away tears at the start line & having only been back on my feet the last 8 months or so but I did it...unbroken.
•IMUA means to move forward. Tell us about a time that our battle cry IMUA has been applicable in your fitness life.
I often reference the term "keep moving forward" & "one foot in front of the other" which is IMUA. I feel I've repeated this motto in my head many times in my life. Anytime something knocks me down, I get back up...with the help of my family, friends & faith.
•What advice would you give to a newbie just joining McMinnville CrossFit?
I'd say to new members or anyone starting out with anything to just show up and give it your best. Don't be scared of cf, Everything can be modified. Take it from the girl that started out not able to do much. I was doing wall push ups, burpees on a bench, "box jumps" that were jumping over a crack in the sidewalk & couldn't even jump rope or do an ab mat sit up. It took me 6 yrs to get a 12" box jump which felt like I won the lottery when I finally got it. So persistence pays off. When you find an exercise you truly enjoy & also get to share that with great people how could you not love it!
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Shannon and Stephanie competing at the 2016 Gobbler Gauntlet.
"It took me 6 yrs to get a 12" box jump which felt like I won the lottery when I finally got it."
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