Carol just wants a balanced life and she seems to be finding it! Combining her job as a Firearms Officer, regular and highly successful competing and spending time with the ones she loves; all along with Prosecco and Crisps. 2017 saw her achieve 153rd place in the world after the Qualifiers (40-44).
How long have you been doing Crossfit and where do you train?
I started CrossFit in November 2012, I joined Two Ton Taunton and have been there ever since. I have made some of the most amazing friends in Two Ton and I would not have been able to achieve what I have without their help and support. I was doing a lot of triathlon’s and wanted to try something a little different, I was just going to do Crossfit once or twice a week. Well that didn’t last long, I got good and proper addicted to Crossfit and my bike just sits in the garage now!
What are the other commitments in your life?
I have a 10 years old son and work as a Firearms Officer in Avon and Somerset Constabulary, let’s just say I’m very organised and keep very busy. I’ve got some great friends that help me with childcare when I’m doing competitions and working shifts.
What keeps you coming back for more?
Crossfit for me was about learning new things, that’s when the addiction kicks in. It was the guarantee that when you walked out of the box after finishing a WOD you were buzzing and the biggest reason that I keep going back is the laugh and banter I have with everyone.
What achievements are you most proud of?
My biggest achievement was The Open this year and coming 4th in Battle of Britain but my proudest was winning Scale The Heights 2016, the competition was so close throughout the day and there was only seconds difference in the final, it was very exciting. Not really an achievement but I do feel very proud when my 10 year old son tells his friends how strong his Mum is and where she came in the world, makes it all worth while!
How was The Open/Qualifiers for you?
I really enjoyed The Open this year, 4 out of the 5 workouts suited me, snatch is not one of my strong points! The qualifiers were tough and I knew they would, trying to fit qualifiers and Battle of Britain in during the same weekend was very tiring and stressful and without my Two Ton gang who organised everything for me it wouldn’t have happened.
What are your strengths?
I’ve done competitive sports most of my life: athletics’, running, badminton, triathlons the list goes on. I compete against athletes that I know are better and stronger than me but I have the mental attitude that I can push myself and keep going for longer and not give up.
What are your weaknesses?
After doing nearly 20 years of shift work I struggle to maintain a regular sleep pattern which has a negative effect on my performance. (Did I mention, I have a weakness for Prosecco and crisps!)
What advice would you give to a master starting out in Crossfit?
- Don’t be intimidated when you first walk into a box.
- Never skip a rep (cheating is unacceptable in Crossfit)
- Don’t take yourself too seriously.
- Relax, have fun and you will perform better.
The squat is the perfect analogy for life, its about standing back up after something heavy takes you down!
Who does your programming?
I don’t have any special programming, I turn up to the box with everyone else and do the WODs on the whiteboard, I might go to open gym every now and again.
What supplements do you swear by?
Not big into supplements, I take BCAA’S when I train and have a protein shake for breakfast.
What are your goals for 2017?
Getting the right balance in life is the answer and this photo of me doing Crossfit on my stand up paddle board with my son sums it all up! Achieving what I love, doing what I love with the people I love. 😀