Hi, my name is Marcie Wells and I would like to share with you a little bit about my extraordinary crossfit journey. I, like most cross-fitters became hooked after my first class. It didn’t matter if I knew what I was doing or not. All I knew was, this is darn exciting. So, yes, I drank the cool-aid and lots of it. With only five months under my belt I signed up for the 2011 Open. Humbled by amazing athletes, I ended up tied for 60th place. I just made the cut! Knowing my limitations, I chose to go to Regionals as a team member. In the end it was the right decision, because the first workout for individuals was 30 HSPU’s. A skill I could only do 3-5 of on a good day. After, Regionals I decided I had a lot of work, skills and strengths to improve on for the next year. Right away I began training hard and even harder with no real direction. I ended up with mild shoulder and knee injuries. This left me no choice but to slow down, heal and re-evaluate my crossfit plans. Before I knew it the 2012 Crossfit Open was upon me and I went to Regionals again. This time as an individual. Being in that heightened competitive atmosphere gets you so pumped up! You want to do your best and it causes you to want more out of your crossfit endeavor.
This led me to my new dream, to go to California for The World Crossfit Games! At this point one thing was very clear, I needed to change gyms. I joined CFW in 2012. By changing gyms I knew I would gain a much higher level of training. Right away everyone was welcoming, helpful, and full of knowledge! It has been one of the smartest choices I have made in my athletic pursuits.
The question I now had to ask myself was, Marcie how are you going to do your part. With only 10 months to make this happen I knew my whole routine had to change. I cleaned up my diet, no alcohol or junk food, added in more stretching, occasionally yoga, added ice, sauna, massages, chiropractor, mobility work, hand care, proper rest days, regular sleep pattern, no late partying, supplements, focused attitude, no excuses policy, even trained on vacations, posted a handmade motivational poster in my car, on the fridge, in the bathroom, and another as my phone screen saver, and puff painted motto’s on my CFW jacket. In addition to all that, I had to ask for help from the coaching staff/Tony for a program to help my dream become a reality.
Without hesitation, the coaching staff of CFW put me in strength and conditioning for 6 months. Next, into Olympic lifting classes. After that, strength and met-cons. Then, we put it all together before the 2013 Open began. Once the Open launched and scores came in each week the closer I got to that dream. Now, fast forward to the closing of week 5 of the 2013 Open. I made the top 20 in the world in my age group. I am going to California for The World Crossfit Games! The icing on my paleo cake- I was recently asked to join CFW Team for regionals! Now I have the awesome pleasure of being a part of a team that has some of the best athletes in the Mid-Atlantic on it. What an honor for me!So, the moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to dream and go after your dream. If you put your mind and body into it, it will happen. Push yourselves, sometimes the harder we push the greater the reward! Remember one of CFW’s saying “If you want more, you have to do more.”Finally, I need to make mention of the overwhelming amount of unconditional support and helpful tips I have received all year long from co-workers, friends and CFW. Thank you all very much. Please know that I am utterly grateful to each of you involved. My morning crew, you know who you are – thanks. Without all of you this would not have been possible. I am so appreciative and proud to know each of you! Let me finish with a special thank you to my family who have been a tremendous help to me while I pursue my goal.Thanks you all and keep the advice coming,Marcie Wells