Athlete Profile

Athlete: Susan Hirst

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Mid Atlantic
Crossfit Glen Burnie
CrossFit Glen Burnie
148 lb


Filthy 5022:21
Fight Gone Bad286
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k25:58
Clean & Jerk155 lb
Snatch118 lb
Deadlift315 lb
Back Squat235 lb
Max Pull-ups30


I've always been active. Throughout my youth I competed in swimming and dabbled in gymnastics and dance. During high school I lettered four years each in swimming and track and continued swimming for the first two years of college at the United States Air Force Academy. During the 30+ years since graduating from college I've been active but not focused on any single form of fitness. I've run a few marathons, many halfs, and too many 5 and 10ks to count. Swimming has always come in and out of my life but apart from the friendships, I don't get too excited about doing a swim workout for the sake of fitness. I have however had a love/hate relationship with triathlons and across the span of more than 25 years I've done triathlons from the sprint to half Ironman distances. Though not a great runner, the multitude of running events and my years in Colorado inspired me to complete the Pikes Peak half and full marathons. My inspiration to Crossfit is a look back at a year I spent bodybuilding that ended with me competing on two episodes of American Gladiators in 1990. My focus on fitness went on hiatus when my husband was seriously injured in a car accident in 1996 and for the next 16 years I worked to maintain some level of fitness, raise our daughters, head our household (my husband has a TBI and is severely disabled) and continue my military and then civilian career. In late 2011 I bought 3 discount deals (groupon-like) to boxes in Colorado Springs and "tested" the concept at each of the locations. I was interested but not committed. After at least a full year of "trying" it out, I more or less made the plunge. The Lurong Living Paleo Challenge of 2012 was the clincher...I dropped weight I'd been carrying for over 15 years and regained a competitive spirit I'd long let lapse. Shane Rosselle and Colorado Springs Crossfit, with some side work with Tamara Gray at Pandora's Box provided the foundation. Shane proved just the right mix of instructor, coach, and motivator for me to find my "crossfit legs". Just over a year ago I moved from Colorado to Maryland and spent a little time finding the right box for me. Glen Burnie Crossfit and Bob Gillingham gave me a new home right at 1 year ago in May 2015. I've continued with the Lurong Challenges and added the Granite Games to my resume finishing 2nd in the over 50 last September. In 2014 I made the 2016 Games my goal. Kind of scary, and exciting, when a goal is attained.


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week

When I'm focused I eat quality foods and am nearly Paleo, certainly Clean. Unfortunately, I'm more often easily distracted and go for whatever is convenient and looks tasty...I love it all!

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

Though I'm principally working out at an Affiliate, I do some supplementation with running, cycling/spinning or swimming...however inconsistent.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I played college sports


My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit with a coach (e.g. at an affiliate)

I took a full year to really get into crossfit. I started with advertised deals at three different boxes and in more than 12 months I'd only attended about 60 classes...20 in my first month so that meant I averaged less than 4 per month!

My Work/Rest Schedule

I usually only do 1 workout a day

I strictly schedule my rest days

. Multiple workout days typically are crossfit plus swim, run, or cycle; however, in the past 18 months there haven't been many of those. I've also just become diligent about scheduling my rest days instead of just missing a workout day.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years

I'm in my 4th year now...if I don't count the first year when I "thought" about it more than participated.