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Kay Lybeck

30
Jul

Kay Lybeck

Almost three years ago I stopped in at CrossFit StumpTown not knowing a thing about crossfit. That was the start of a completely unexpected journey.
I am currently a stay at home mom to two school age children, after eight years of teaching elementary school. My form of exercise through the working years was always running. After the birth of both of my children I continued to run, with the blasted running stroller! As they got older I joined a running group and trained for a half marathon. I completed two half marathons and ran The Hood To Coast. After the Hood to Coast I realized that I was not enjoying running anymore. I felt stuck. I had been trying to improve my pace for several months and was hitting a wall. That is when I happened upon CFST.
I started at the very beginning, as do all new crossfitters. I drove by CFST five times before I found the guts to walk in. I did not know the lingo, the movements, or what the whiteboard was for. I had never touched a weight, or done a pull up. It was nerve wracking. Thankfully the coaches, who guide you through the movements, and encourage you along the way, gave me the push I needed to give it a try and keep at it. I was nervous every time I came, but kept coming, for several reasons. For one, it is very exciting to be learning, and doing, something new. Also, the personal challenge was motivating, and the moments of success were wonderful. Another aspect of CF that kept me coming was the great sense of community fostered through pushing through the same workout together, and cheering each other on. Being a stay at home mom has a certain amount of isolation and so working out with a group, and getting to know them, was a great draw for me. kay
My story of success is one of starting at the beginning and building up. Building up my self-confidence, my weightlifting numbers, my endurance, and my mental strength. I’ve had amazing accomplishments along the road. From having never lifted a weight to dead lifting 205 pounds. From knee push-ups to handstand push-ups. From a 9:50 per mile running pace to an 8:30 pace. Just a couple of weeks ago I ran my fastest mile in twenty years!! Shocking, but true!
My original goal when starting CF was to stay fit, but somewhere along the line I learned that I love to lift weights and challenge myself. This is the unexpected part of this surprising journey. Finding motivation, strength, support, confidence, and a team, through the community at CFST, I have found a new sport I can compete in at local CF events. I don’t win, I don’t even place well, but I improve and shock myself, which is so fantastic. The success, for me, is loving to workout everyday, striving to be better, and realizing that dedication, and commitment, can lead to progress and achievement. The icing on the cake is having my children witness my determination, and hoping that they see the connection between hard work and results.

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