Let me start with a little about myself. My name is David, I am a software development manager that started my career when I was 19. Yeah, that means I am a nerd. I have been married for almost 20 years to my best friend in the world. We have 3 children together – my oldest just started college and my youngest just started kindergarten. I am a HUGE baseball fan.
My fitness story started when I fell in love with working out in High School. Like most young guys, I LOVED arm day and skipped leg day often. I think it goes without saying…cardio workouts were not part of my routine and I never once met a treadmill during those days.
That all changed when I met my beautiful wife Mary. We got married and started our family soon after. I struggled to find time to go workout and decided to pursue the ‘Dad Bod’ instead.
Fast forward 15 years…I was playing with my 3-year-old daughter and realized that I was getting out of breath just racing her around the living room. I decided that it was time to get back into the gym. I jumped right back into some of my old routines that I had established early in my life. After about 3-4 months, Chris and I started working out together and he introduced me to a treadmill. We would go run together but I couldn’t make it .5 miles without walking. Soon after, our group was formed and we have been crushing WODs ever since.
Running sucks. I don’t like running and probably never will. I laugh when I hear the term “runners high” because there is nothing euphoric about running.
I eat like crap! I mean it…fast food, junk food, ice cream…yes, please! The results from our workouts have been amazing but the real benefit is that I can eat anything guilt free. It is amazing how hungry I am all the time now. I guess that is what happens when you burn 2500+ calories in a day.
OCRs are really just a form of motivation for me. The comradery with my group plus the physical challenge they present is so unique. Working out without goals is difficult. I could set some goals like reducing my mile time by 30 seconds or something lame like that but OCRs are SO much more exciting. I set goals to finish the Beast or knock 30 minutes off my Sprint time – those goals will get me out of bed because I enjoy the experience so much more.