Gayle joined us at CrossFit Malibu back in the early days… even before every single person on the planet had a phone imbedded in their camera. Exhibit A is the first picture below… taken with a waterproof digital camera and a flash 😉 Might as well have been the stone age!
At the time, Gayle was introduced to the concept of CrossFit by her teammates- they raced outrigger canoes out of Marina del Rey. You know, those crazy athletes who are in their boats in the dark to do an hour of back breaking, soul wrenching work with the benefit of seeing the sun peak over the horizon. They sent her to the right place… even over a decade ago it was the hardcore athletes who KNEW the results of our kind of training!
Gayle and her husband Barry were among the first crew of CMFers who showed up to bail out the water and then take part in the subsequent cleaning of the Hut in our first flood. They lived to tell about it and then showed up annually to help when the next storm hit.
Gayle retired from her job as a pediatrician roughly 2 years ago- she worked at children’s hospital in downtown Los Angeles for most of her career. Prior to her work as a doctor she was actual a physical therapist! In addition to outrigger canoe paddling, Gayle has played competitive tennis for most of her decades as an athlete. (This is the part where I am not sure if I should tell you that she was on the court hitting balls 3 weeks after her hip replacement surgery)
She has traveled all over the world as a team physician for Operation Smile- working with medical teams providing life-altering facial, oral and other vital surgeries. She currently helps run a clinic in a remote town in northern California (yes, this is her retirement!). She trains at the Hut when she is back here in Malibu. Thanks Gayle for coming to us over 11 years ago- and for continuing to trust us with your training needs!
Tuesday’s WOD at 7 and 9am, again at 4 and 5pm
21-18-15-12-9 reps for time:
DB Thruster (45/30#)
Today we have a variation on CrossFit Open 15.5, which was Thrusters and Rowing for calories. We’ll do DB Thrusters and a 200m Run and while the reps of DB Thrusters decrease each round the run stays at 200m! Choose a DB load that allows you to move through each set in 2 mini sets of fewer, then run hard on those 200’s! This workout is longer than Fran, but needs to be approached with the same type of tenacity. Push hard while the clock is running, you’ll be better for it.