Susan Hirst

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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.

Year Overall Rank (Worldwide) Overall Rank (By Region) Overall Rank (By State)
2016 12th 1st Mid Atlantic 1st Maryland
2015 -- -- Mid Atlantic 24th Maryland
2014 48th 4th South West --
2013 200th 21st South West --
2012 107th 14th South West --
Year Overall Rank Division
2016 4th Masters Women (55-59)
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Year Overall Rank Snatch Clean + Jerk Workout
2015 61st 52nd (105 lb) 62nd (135 lb) 56th (1 reps)
Benchmark Stats
  • Back Squat 235 lb
    Clean and Jerk 155 lb
    Snatch 118 lb
    Deadlift 315 lb
    Fight Gone Bad 286
    Max Pull-ups 30
  • Fran 4:00
    Grace 3:03
    Helen 9:52
    Filthy 50 22:21
    Sprint 400m --
    Run 5k 25:58