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JANUARY Athlete Spotlight:

Megan Disselkoen

Name: Megan Disselkoen
Age: 50
Where are you from? Born in Colorado Springs, Lived in Greeley since 1996.
Tell us about your school life/family/work life: I’m a graduate of CSU in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in Hand Therapy. I married Bruce in 1994. I worked in OT for twelve years and then had Ellie and two years later my son Grant. I home schooled my kids for various reasons and now I teach kids with Dyslexia to read. My husband and I are real estate investors and own and manage apartments and commercial real estate.
When did you first start CrossFit? I started in 2012 with Ellie to help her get stronger to ride her horse. I was the one that really needed CrossFit.
What is your fitness background? As a kid, I was a gymnast and swam competitively in high school. But my real love was down-hill skiing and riding horses.
What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? I love that it keeps me motivated to stay active and in shape! I love our gym and the family it has become for me and Ellie. The coaches are the best!
What is your favorite WOD or movement? I love anything with squats and love any kind of body weight movement.
What is your least favorite WOD or movement? I really hate anything to do with the rig. And I really hate admitting that…but it’s truth.
What are your goals? A long term physical goal of mine is to win a World Championship with one of my horses.  To do this, I must stay strong and in shape to ride and train them.  So a life time goal is to stay fit, healthy and to keep plugging along with what I’ve been given.
How has CrossFit changed your life? Cross-fit is the first exercise regimen that I have truly loved, looked forward to doing and have been consistent in doing on a weekly basis. I have gone from being a frumpy Mom, to a hot Mama! No matter how sore it makes me feel at times, I will never quit. Cross-Fit has given me a new outlook on life-no matter how I feel. It pushes me to be better than I was the day before. And finally, it has brought me into relationships with people that I would never have had the opportunity to know or love if it hadn’t been for Cross-fit.
Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  Cross-fit has literally changed my life. It has helped my daughter become who she is, which as a parent, is a big deal. It has helped me become a more confident and positive human being. My advice is to work out whatever your level is and compete with yourself, not others. With this you will find improvement within yourself.

October Athelte Spotlight

John Tricarico

Name: John Tricarico

Age: 20

Where are you from?  Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Tell us about your school life/family/work life:  I am currently studying accounting at the University of Northern Colorado in the hopes of one day becoming a CPA. I have been fortunate enough to be receive two internships from Plante Moran, a public accounting firm in Denver, with one in tax and the other in audit. However, my ultimate goal is to become a stay at home dad. I am the middle child between my two sisters, and have a two very selfless parents. I am an extremely family orientated individual, and love my father and sisters very much, but there is no hiding the fact that my mother Michelle is by far my favorite family member.

When did you first start CrossFit? I was first introduced to CrossFit last May, but just recently began coming to Double Diamond consistently in September.

What is your fitness background? My freshman year of high school I quit the typical sports (football, baseball, and basketball) to run cross country and track. I then ended up falling in love with running, and although I do not run nearly as far or as fast, I continue to run to this day.

 What is your favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit? My absolute favorite thing about Double Diamond CrossFit is the fact that I can go to any class, not know anyone beforehand, and then walk away with five new friends. I also really enjoy walking into Double Diamond and seeing Kyle inch only his head out of his office to shout “What’s up?”.

What is your favorite WOD or movement?   Curls

What is your least favorite WOD or movement?  Toes to Bar

What are your goals? Apart from becoming a stay at home dad, I eventually want to be able to do ONE handstand pushup.

How has CrossFit changed your life?  CrossFit has put me in the best shape of my life, but has more importantly, made Greeley feel like home. Just going to school at UNC never made me feel truly apart of the community, but Double Diamond has. Double Diamond has given me a place to workout with people who hold me accountable and constantly remind me I am a welcomed member of the community.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting CrossFit or that you want to share with our members?  CrossFit is an extremely exciting way to workout, but more importantly, it provides you with a close-knit group of individuals who want you to succeed and believe in you, even sometimes more, than you believe in yourself.