May Athlete of the Month: Elizabeth “Betty” Kleid

When did you start doing CrossFit? October 2013

Favorite WOD? I love a good partner WOD.

Least Favorite WOD?  Easily 14.5! (Or Annie… She was my first introduction to A.C.R.!)

Favorite Lift?  Cleans, cleans, cleans! Any kind of clean!

Least favorite lift? Snatch

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)

I was raised here in Cumming, GA. I am married to this really cool guy, Joe. We have 2 dogs Allie and Goose. I have no babies but work with babies

What were you doing before CrossFit?  

Sadly, I was trying to get skinny- going to Group Fitness classes.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?  

I drove home that day thinking, “I just want to go back!”

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?  

I was a Labor and Delivery nurse when I started and I was concerned about all of the lifting I had to do at work. I mean, seriously, repositioning pregnant women paralyzed with an epidural is some intense lifting – and potentially dangerous. So, I joined Crossfit to gain strength.

Have you achieved any of those goals?  

Yes! I am so much stronger than when I started. My body does what God intended it to do – work hard and be functional!

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the Gym? 

I have energy and confidence!

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?  

Wow. There are too many to count! I think we make fun memories with every workout! There are two that stand out for me this year. Hunter uses the term “mental fortitude” often when we are walking into longer WoDs. I love that term. Of course I love that term; I come from a family of Marines – but mental fortitude doesn’t come naturally to me. Recently, I had some great perspectives shared with me from two awesome athletes at CSF that relate to mental fortitude.

  1. During a run, one athlete told me that the mind usually gives up long before the body does. Wow. Such simple truth, but it really hit me.
  2. And, during 16.5, a female athlete told me that just because she’s in a dark place during a WoD, doesn’t mean she allows her face to show it and that once her facial expression gives in, her body does.

Those affected my outlook on Mental Fortitude.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Cumming?

Rest assured we all start somewhere. So, put your fears in your pocket and just walk through the door. You’re going to do great! And, you’re going to have fun along the way!

Something you might not know about me is?

Banana + Mayonnaise is my favorite sandwich. And, I love the beach, but hate the ocean.

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