Athlete: Maude Hecht
|Fight Gone Bad||0|
|Clean & Jerk||110 lb|
|Back Squat||180 lb|
I was raised in the Pacific Northwest. My siblings are athletic. I spent my formative years being active, never athletic. I didn't make it through highschool and my college alma mater has an ultimate frisbee team. After moving around the country and spending some time in Spain, I settled in El Paso, Texas. I am a family nurse practitioner. I work fulltime, plus a bit, as a hospitalist, a job that I really enjoy. I live with my partner, Lenny (there is a discussion about appropiate designation, we haven't married and don't plan on it, we still really like each other, and when I qualified for the games, Lenny built me a pullup/squat rack in the backyard). We have three dogs; Rose, Rey and Portia. We have a son here in El Paso and a daughter in Twin Falls, Idaho.
How I Eat
I love to eat. And I can cook, though the best food is served. My mother worked, and my siblings and I learned to cook fairly early. My eldest brother, Rick (who is a ultramarathon/marathon runner and avid hiker), read Diet for a Small Planet and we opted, as a household, to become vegetarian. It was a great way to learn about food, and nutrients and to value the cooking and eating of whole foods. As the years went by, my diet again incorporated animal products, however the emphasis on fresh ingredients, healthful foods and the sharing of cooking and eating as been a lifelong value.
How I Train
I workout at Get Lifted in El Paso and, probably, like most active crossfitters, I have a village training and motivating me. Kevan Benson, who started crossfit coaching at Get Lifted, has recently moved to San Antonio to open Field House Crossfit. He doesn't just program me, he's the motivation beneath my gasping-never-going-to-workout-again crossfit routine. Kevan believed that I could do more when I didn't see why a middle aged uncoordinated woman should do more. Paul and Maribel Smith, who own and run Get Lifted, have been there every day for the three years I have been doing crossfit. They run a fabulous gym and are amazing coaches. Paul and Maribel have recently added a strength coach, Manny Chavez, to the staff. The day I qualified for the Games I started working with Manny. He has left me ripped up and sore, every day. Most days I walk like Barbie and can't move enough to pull off my sports bra. And then there are all the people that I work out with, and chase and get stomped by, that make crossfit fun; Ve Bauer, Patti Barela nee Garcia, Tammy McDonald, Pancha Magana, Erick Chavez, Jessie Serio, Joe Bennett, Vinay and Sushma Patel, Manny Cruz, David Dominguez, and on and on and on.
My Athletic Background
I've enjoyed the outdoors all of my life. My father, who was a great highschool and college athlete, taught me to ski when I started walking. I remember wearing a blue suit, leather boots, having wooden skis, and bamboo poles and as soon as I got suited up, having to pee. My mother, who was raised in Manila and Manhattan, adjusted to life in Oregon by taking all of us hiking. I had a healthful, active youth hiking and biking. As an adolescent and young adult, the closest I got to athletics was sex with athletes (it was good, but I don't think that it helped my handstand pushups). As an older adult, I have been active. I went back to hiking after my son was born. I road bike. I discovered the ocean and love to snorkle. I can do a Tabata float that will knock your socks off.
My Experience With CrossFit
My friend, Jay Dirkx, kept telling me about Get Lifted; what a great gym it was and how fabulous crossfit was. It took about 6 months for him to push me in the door. When I got there, my goal was to improve my long distance hiking capacity. During my assessment, I rowed hard but couldn't do a push up or a pull up. My goal was to get to class 3 times a week. Then I found myself frustrated if I didn't get there every day. Kevan Benson started Sunday workouts, sometimes at the gym, sometimes at the Sun Bowl stadium. Being invited for Sunday WODs was like being chosen for the kickball team in 5th grade. I got to workout with the big kids. I was hooked. And it is still the rush of working out next to such great people that keeps me at crossfit.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I trail walk my three dogs every day. Rose and Portia and Rey don't break for weekends or rest days. I generally get to the gym 5 or 6 days a week. In November work became so intense that I was missing WODs frequently. I decided to get a rower for home workout days. I loved it. Then I got my hands on a credit card, a martini and a computer and ended up with a beautiful Pendlay bar and weight set. Then I qualified for the Games, and in the most incredibily romantic move, Lenny built me a fullsize pullup and squat rack in the backyard. My neighbors are trying to sell their house, and here's this crazy woman grunting and squating and dropping weights in the backyard. So my rest days are when the neighbors show the house, or when I'm tired, or when I just plain have to work a bunch.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
3 great years. I hope to be healthy enough to do it forever.