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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why Are You Doing The Open? - An Interview With Lilly Thomann

Lilly Thomann
CrossFit Syracuse Member


What level athlete do you consider yourself?
Intermediate/Beginner CrossFiter.  As an athlete, I'm an experienced athlete.  I played middle school and high school sports.

What sports did you play in your past?
Elementary school I did swimming and soccer.  Middle school I played basketball and volleyball.  In high school I played basketball, volleyball and swam.  But I was most competitive at volleyball.  We won states and county and conference.

Why do you CrossFit?
What drew me to CrossFit originally was actually a picture I saw of Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (2014 Fittest Woman On Earth).  I looked into it and I started doing some stuff on my own.  It was fun but it wasn't competitive.  I was running by myself and it was driving me nuts.  I came to college and there was no competition; with grades, with art, and I didn't play a sport any more and I missed that (competition).

Why do you train at CrossFit Syracuse?
I chose CrossFit Syracuse because I read all the coaches bio's and decided that CrossFit Syracuse's staff was way above all the others in the area.  I keep coming back because of the community.  I just find it inspirational to work out with all these amazing people.

Did you do the Open last year?
I did.

What was your experience like?
That's when I realized I had the ability to be good at CrossFit and if I pushed myself a little bit harder I could learn the skills that I was lacking.  Like double-unders; I had to (try), I didn't have a choice.  They don't give you a choice.  Do you want to do a muscle-up or do you not want to do a muscle-up?  You have to try.  I had never tried.  I would just stick to singles (instead of double-unders), and think it's fine.  It pushed me to do better than I was, at that point.

Did anything surprise you about last years Open?
I did better in pretty much everything than I expected.  The deadlift/box jump, I did way better than I had ever done in a WOD before that.  So that was eye opening.  What was it, 14.3?  The power clean, wall ball, rowing, toes to bar, 60-50...  That was the first time I realized I was good at wall-balls because I did all 40 unbroken.  That's when I got the nickname "LillyMonster"!

Why are you doing the Open this year?
To surprise myself.  To see how far I've come.  I don't have a lot of patience, so day to day I think I'm doing so terribly.  Then when I think about how far I've come in a year it's pretty cool.  Like last February I hurt my back trying to power clean 125 (lbs), and I just squat cleaned 205 (lbs).  I lose sight of that, so the Open is a great measurement.  I'm excited because it brings everyone together.  I think that's when I also started making more friends, because we were all bonding over, well, misery.  Everything kind of comes alive.  It's kind of like the nutrition challenge.  People you don't know come out of the woodwork and start talking to you, so that's exciting.  I'm excited to see what i can do this year that I couldn't do last year.


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