“My family’s always taught me to listen to my heart and listen to my intuition,” says Abbott, who grew up in Lynchburg, Va. “I really have lived a very unusual life.”
During college, she spent a summer in Iraq upon her mother’s suggestion.
“I was never shying away from trying new things. With that, CrossFit’s really helped me develop that inner being and self-worth, ultimately, that allows me to try new things,” Abbott explains. “And not just try it, but … if it scares me, then I absolutely have to try it.”
Today she is training to become a NASCAR pit-crew member.
“I love changing tires. The adrenaline of running in front of a car and then having the car zip by you, 50 to 60 miles an hour behind you … ,” Abbott starts. And when she so much as hears the sound of the air gun, “It makes me want to go fast,” she says. “It’s like hearing ‘3, 2, 1 … go.’”
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