So why the heck did I decide to open Fox River Strength and Conditioning along with North Aurora CrossFit? I guess the best place to start with that is looking at my history and what I’ve found with fitness and CrossFit. I have a pretty diverse and exciting background regarding athletics. I’ve always been active and I’ve mostly been “fit” as well. From soccer to ice hockey and from those ball sports a transition to triathlon. Somehow I got it in my head that I just had to do the Ironman triathlon. I grinded away my body and my time to get this average guy through the 140.6 miles of that race on three occasions and at the end of that third burnout was at an extreme. I was triathlon fit, but I wasn’t healthy. My knees were achy and my neck
and back kept me up at night and in pain during the day. I was thin. Really thin. This may be what triathlon fitness is, but in my opinion, looking back, healthy was not an adjective you could use.
I had done what I set out to do in triathlon, finish Ironman Hawaii, so after Kona I gave up the sport and gave up fitness in general. I turned to my career and family and just let myself go. My health issues lingered with my neck and back continuing to have a big negative impact on my quality of life. I entered physical therapy and between that and a fair amount of prescription medication, I finally got my neck and back to a poor, but albeit manageable state. By no means was I healthy and by no means was my neck and back issues solved. At about this time I had a few employees telling me about CrossFit and their love of it. I also witnessed transformations in their bodies over just a few short months. Fitness started creeping into my mind again and I found myself on a work trip, hotel bound, watching 6 straight hours of the CrossFit games. The next week I took the plunge.