Athlete: Maude Hecht
|Fight Gone Bad||0|
|Clean & Jerk||110 lb|
|Back Squat||180 lb|
I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Massachusetts, and 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. We, now, have four dogs and a foster; Porsche, El Rey and Le Roi, Skeeter John Bugati and Miss Candy Pants. We have a son here in Las Cruces, New Mexico and a daughter in Twin Falls, Idaho.
How I Eat
I love to eat. My mother worked, and my siblings and I learned to cook fairly early. One of my brothers 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 the 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
The last 18 months has been more about running and hiking benchmarks than about Crossfit benchmarks. I went to the Games and saw on video, that contrary to my belief that I ran like a wood nymph, I looked like a German troll. As crossfit teaches me to just get out there and make the effort, I started running. My friend, Camille Dirkx, had loved running and ran a half marathon in Las Vegas while being treated for breast cancer, so whining about how hard it is to run wasn't an attractive option. I needed a goal: I signed up for a 25k run in Big Bend National Park, and convinced Bonita Thomsen, whom I met at the Games, and my friend Callenda Hacker to sign up also. The 3 of us ran 25kms of trail. Then, my eldest brother qualified for and obtained a slot in the 2014 Western States 100. I trained to pace Rick in his effort. This January, I ran my first 50 mile race in Big Bend. February, I did a 50K. My goal this year is to hike or run at least one ultra every month.
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. Crossfit has kept me in shape for my original goal, long distance hiking. Last year, I hiked the John Muir Trail with my son, my nephew, and two of my brothers. In October, I was able to hike the Grand Canyon, Rim to River to Rim (rest day for Mom at the bottom) with my mother for her 82nd birthday. I am now back at the gym working 5 days a week with Manny Chavez on conditioning.
My Work/Rest Schedule
I hike or run the 4 dogs daily. I do a long trail run or road run about once a week. I spend an hour in the clutches of Manny Chavez Monday-Friday. I row in the office between patient visits.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
4 great years. I hope to be healthy enough to do it forever.