1.) Tell us a little about yourself.
I am currently serving in the US Navy as a registered nurse. I've been in the Navy for almost 21 years. I started out my career as a Search and Rescue Medic for the first 10 years, and then was commissioned as a Nurse Corps Officer for the last 10. I've been married for 17 years and have three beautiful children.
2.) What brought you into Crossfit Temecula?
It was 2011 and I just got back from Afghanistan. While I was deployed I kept hearing about Crossfit. Someone challenged me to do Murph. I thought...hmmmm...that doesn't sound too difficult (lol!!!). About an hour and a half (or possibly more) I finished it. That was my first Crossfit workout, and I was hooked. When I came back to the states, my friend Aspen kept talking about the Crossfit gym she goes to and how much she loves the owner (CFT). I texted Nick and he invited me to try it out. I loved all of the people at CFT and could never imagine working out anywhere else. You all have become like family to me, which is almost comforting in a way. With all the craziness in my life, it's comforting to know there is a group of people who will always have my back.
3.) From tennis to yoga to archery, you're a woman of many sports! Have you always been athletic?
I guess I've always been athletic, but I never really pursued anything seriously. I've never had a lot of confidence in my abilities (which I'm sure those who know me well, know this). As I've gotten older, I've embraced challenges and love to see how far I can push myself. The more ridiculous and extreme, the more I'm attracted to it!! :)
4.) As a coach, one of my favorite things about you is that you will always accept a challenge. Your determination is infectious. Name three of your biggest accomplishments.
The first one is getting through the Search and Rescue Medic program. At the time, I was the only female in the Navy who was qualified as a SAR Med tech. When I first applied, I was told it wasn't open to females. Everyone thought this was the case because there weren't any females at the time. I found out it was in fact open to females, and tried out. It was a rough and trying time. I learned a lot about how much I could take both mentally and physically. There were some males that made it abundantly clear I was not welcomed in their community. This of course made me push even harder. I ultimately qualified and also qualified as a rescue swimmer (which didn't have a lot of females either). This is and will always be one of my greatest accomplishments.
Secondly, being a mother is a huge accomplishment for me. I never thought I wanted children when I was growing up. I never thought I would be a very good mother (I'm still not sure I am!). Now, I couldn't imagine my life without them. I watch them grow in awe. They amaze me every day; they are my heart and soul.
Lastly, I decided it was a good idea to run a marathon 6 weeks after having my third child, at 220 pounds and never having run more than 5 miles in my life. Since I just had my child, I wasn't able to really train for it. The night before the race, I decided I wasn't going to do the whole thing, I was just going to go out and quit when I couldn't take it anymore. Well if anyone knows me, they know I don't quit. 6.5 hours later I finished the entire marathon. I ripped the muscles in my left foot and busted my knee, but there was no way I was going to come off that course other than crossing the finish line. I'm pretty sure I went through all five stages of grieving, probably had a touch of rhabdo, but I fricking finished that thing!!! I was pretty proud of myself crossing that finish line, even if there was no one left in the stands to watch me do it...lol!!! 5.) Okay Nikki, there's only 24 hours in a day. How do you balance your time in the gym with the Navy and your family life?
I sleep only 2 hours? Lol!! Honestly, I don't feel like I do either very well. My husband works overseas and is gone most of the year, and I work over an hour away (usually 2 hour commute each way with traffic)! I feel like my life is one second at a time. I constantly feel like I'm forgetting something, and I'm that mother who has to buy cookies from the grocery store for my kids to bring in for their school functions. I rely heavily on my child care provider. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be able to do any of this. She has watched my children for over 10 years, and has even kept them all while both my husband and I were deployed at the same time...if anyone is looking for daycare she is the one to go to!!
6.) What drives you when the tough gets going (i.e...you're on your millionth thruster in 16.5)?
Omgosh...16.5 was the first time I actually thought I was going to quit something!!! I remember after the 1st round I thought "nope, there is no freaking way I am going to finish this!!!!" But, I pulled my sh!t together and just told myself...one rep at a time, one rep at a time. This has been my motto in life: one foot in front of the other; one day at a time; one minute at a time, etc. There have been so many times in my life where quitting really wasn't an option, so I just have to clear out all the negativity and figure out how to get through whatever it is I'm trying to accomplish.
7.) It's not a secret you like adventure and to take risks. What do you want to cross of your bucket list in the next 5 years?
I want to jump out of a plane!! This is the one thing that terrifies me, so naturally I need to do it!! Who wants to go?? I would also like to climb Mt. Whitney.
8.) One of the most rewarding things as a coach is to see someone do something they never thought they could do. What have you done at CFT that left you thinking, "I just did that?!"
Oh geez...can I answer this with everything!?? Hahahaha!! Pull ups, toes to bar, chest to bar pull ups, hand stand walking, Olympic lifts, the list goes on and on. I'm amazed at myself any time my body finally "gets it." I've learned so much since starting at CFT. I am so thankful for all of the coaches!! Each and every one of you are so motivating!! I remember last year, which is the first time I did the open, pull ups were part of the scaled option. I looked at Nick and said there's no way. He basically looked at me and said shut up and get on the bar, you're doing this without a band. I whined and said, "But I've never done a pull up without a band!!" He said, "I don't care, stop whining and get up there!" Low and behold, I did all the pull ups for the first time in my life! Same thing happened this year with CTB pull ups. Alex wasn't letting me scale and sure enough I did them for the first time ever! You guys are seriously the best, I couldn't ask for better people to be our coaches!
9.) If you could choose the WOD for tomorrow, what would it be?
16.5...omg, I'm kidding!!
10.) There's 10 seconds on the clock. What's going through your head?
Is it too early to go to sleep? :)