April 2015 – Rachel Wilbourn

Rachel Wilbourn

What’s Your Age? 36IMG_7525.JPG

What’s your occupation? Financial Analyst

When did you start CrossFit? June 2012

What do you like most about CrossFit?

I absolutely love the family and community feel that CrossFit brings to my work out experience. I love the fact that people notice when I haven’t been there in a while (and totally call me out – yes, I need this!)

I love all of the different variables that make up a CrossFit WOD and have helped me grow into a stronger, fitter athlete & person.

And I can’t talk about what I love about CrossFit without mentioning the awesome music (“Good Vibrations!”).

What is your favorite/least favorite movement?

Will I get burpees for talking about my least favorite movement? 🙂

Favorite movement – believe it or not are thrusters. I think it has to do with the fact that the weightlifting movement is fairly simple and easy to pick up.

Least favorite movement – it’s a very close one between burpees and wallballs.

Do you have an interesting story about how CrossFit has impacted your life?

CrossFit has had such a significant impact on my life, especially in recent years.

I have spent the majority of my adult life being a very avid runner, mostly distance. I’m not fast, but I can run forever. 🙂 After training and completing my first (and last) marathon in 2011, I started looking for something more to grow as an athlete and mix it up a little at the gym. That’s what led me to CrossFit.

Fast forward to April 2013 – after dealing with some numbness and other funky symptoms that I thought were due to my increased CrossFit activity, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). This was a devastating diagnosis from a running standpoint (as most of the numbness is in my right leg), but I still found a way to CrossFit. I actually believe that the strength that I’ve been able to gain in CrossFit has HELPED me in managing the symptoms of my MS.

Fast forward to October 2014 – almost out of the blue, I was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. I have never been more scared and felt so out of control of my own life. My CrossFit family was one of the first groups of people that I confided in about my diagnosis, knowing the compassion and hearts of everyone there. I’ve had to take some blocks of time off, but have put my best effort in to get to the box as much as possible. And when I make it there, it makes all the difference – not only physically, as far as getting a good work out in, but mentally and emotionally.

I am so thankful that I found CrossFit when I did – I truly believe that I was brought to it to help me through some of these health bumps in my life.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. This is a quote that I live by now, and I think it sums up my LOVE relationship with CrossFit perfectly.