When Rochelle told me that I was going to be the Athlete of the Month for March, my initial response was, “How can I be the Athlete of the Month if I don’t even consider myself an athlete?”. Nope, I’m definitely not an athlete. I’m still that scrawny, clumsy, slow 12 year old, right? The kid who was always in last place in gym class running, the kid who ‘failed’ the Presidential Fitness test, the kid who would fall walking across the room (ok, I still do that) - that’s where my sense of self had gotten stuck. Then came Crossfit.I became aware of Crossfit through a Paleo blog. I recognized this strange term, “Crossfit” since I drive by TNT 4+ times a day. I was cleaning up my diet, but I knew that if I was going to age well, I would need to build some strength and stamina. At 35 I felt like I was 65 already. How was I going to feel at 65 and 85? I honestly don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into when I walked into TNT and that was probably a good thing. But, that day Jeff convinced me that I could go from Couch to Crossfit; that it was doable. Everything could be scaled until I was able to have success at it.What I especially love about Crossfit is that I feel like I get the most ‘bang for my buck’ here. One hour of working out and I know that my whole body has been pushed to its limits. I’ve come to love the good hurt that proves that my time was well spent. The small classes at TNT with such knowledgeable coaches make me feel like I’m working with a personal trainer, but with the support of the whole class. There is always someone right there making sure I’m doing the movements properly and pushing me further than I thought I could go.So, do I still have a long way to go? Absolutely! Maybe some day I’ll actually be able to do a pushup off of the floor or a pull up without a band. But, I’ve also come a long way. I will continue to improve because I’m leaving that weak 12 year old in the past where she belongs!Thank you Rochelle and Jeff for creating this wonderful place for all of us. Thank you to all the wonderful coaches for proving to me that I *can* be an athlete. And thank you to all of my fellow athletes for staying after the wod and cheering me on while I finish up. I’m so glad to have found this crazy place called Crossfit TNT.