What’s up? What a dreary day today was been. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Ive had a great day so far – just trying to stay productive. And with that, if you are one of the kind people who read my post from earlier in the week about 18.1 and the CrossFit Games Open, you may remember me saying that I was going to talk about people I know who are competing in the Open this year.

Because the Open is a big deal! We prepare so hard for it, it brings us together, and shows us we can do more than we thought we could.

Today I want to tell you about my friend, Carolina! I’ve known her since the end of 2017 – so not very long! She is a senior at Anderson University, studying abroad from Brazil. How cool is that? She originally came to the US to play tennis, but now she is just finishing her degree. She is hard working, kind, beautiful, funny, and I’m pretty sure her English is better than mine! 

CFEC wouldn’t be the same without her. She decided last minute to sign up for the CrossFit Games Open, and she absolutely slayed 18.1 last Friday and had so much fun while doing it. She was actually with me watching the Open announcement from Brazil last Thursday night, and she is from the Sao Paulo where they filmed it. 

I asked her some questions about the Open, and she was cool enough to share about CrossFit, the Open, her time in the USA, and what she wants to do when she graduates. 

1. What made you want to try CrossFit?

My entire life I have always played sports. Everything from European handball to tennis. Sport
is and has always been a part of who I am. I love to challenge myself in improving every day and
being better than I was yesterday. I came to the US after my dream, getting an American
education while I was playing tennis. I was able to achieve that dream, but things in my life
happened and I decided to quit tennis. This was about a year ago. After I stopped playing tennis
for my university I tried to keep myself active and work out at a normal gym, but I found out
that I needed more than that. I needed the daily challenge and also some guidance. I have
always seen CrossFit as something super hard that not many people could do, but after I joined
CrossFit Electric City I saw that there is way more to the sport than those incredible fit guys and
girls. As I joined and started coming to the classes I saw that each and every one of us have our
limitations and the coaches are more than happy to work with what we can do.

2. Why did you sing up for The Open? 

I signed up for the open because I love challenges and also because I wanted to be part of the
community. At the gym, everyone was talking about it. I had no clue what it was about and
honestly, I was a little scared that the workouts would be so hard that I would not even be able
to finish it. As the weeks went by I decided to sign up in house and be able to compete and be
part of something bigger like everyone else. When the first week of the open came I remember
being nervous but also believing that I could do it! Friday came and as I watched everyone
doing their workouts my time was coming and I was nervous. When it was finally my turn I was
so focused to do my best that I forgot about everything else, I even forgot to put chalk on my
hands. By the end of the workout, I was thinking to myself that it was a pretty dumb idea
because now I have huge blisters on my hands, but completely worth it. 

3. What was your favorite part of Friday Night Lights last week? 

My favorite part about it was being able to cheer to everyone at the gym. The kids and
teenagers who did the open workout before me was the cutest part and it was amazing to see
how those kids were better than me on the toes to bars! They definitely helped me to see that I
could also take the challenge and do the best I could, just like they did. It was also really
awesome to hear my friends cheering for me when the workout was getting super hard. That
gave me the extra strength to keep going. I did not want to leave that rower machine thinking I
could have done better. I gave all I had at that time.

4. What are three CrossFit goals you have?

1- Be able to do a little better than I did the day before, maybe be able to complete more
reps, or do it with more weight or just to be able to do a certain movement for the first time.
2- Be able to do a handstand walk.
3- Be able to do a muscle-up on the rings.

5. What are your plans after you graduate?
That is a really hard question and I do not even know if I know the answer to it. I am graduating
in May in both Marketing and International Business and I have a few plans for my future. I
would love to have my own bakery. I know it does not sound healthy but I would like to share with people some of the comfort foods I have in my country and that just literally makes me
happy and reminds me of home. I would like to serve foods that comfort people and hopefully
brings a smile on their faces or just makes them have a better day when things do not go as
planned. But, that is probably a few years from now. After I graduate I will just focus on getting
more experiences and definitely keep active doing CrossFit because there are so many things
that I still have to learn and get better at. It is a daily challenge that I love having, not only
because of the sport but also because of the people who are part of the CrossFit Electric City.
They are all so welcoming, fun and obviously, fit.

Thanks for reading! Good luck on 18.2 everybody!