Our Members of the Month for April are Susan Walter and John Durocher! 

This month we’re doing a special shoutout to John and Susan because they both CRUSHED the CrossFit Open and qualified to participate in the next round of competition on the road to the Games: the Age Group Online Qualifier!  That means that they both placed in the top 200 IN THE WORLD in their age groups!  Susan was 157th and John 63rd!  Congrats, and good luck in the next stage!

Susan

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from Iowa.  I transferred here with the Veterans Administration and lived first in Norwood, then West Roxbury, on to Dedham and now I live in Canton, right near Wood!

*When do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
Usually 9:00 for class.   I often attend Thursday evening and/or Sunday morning mobility.  And, pretty often, I hit functional fitness on Thursday night. (Remember, when you don’t work and you don’t commute to work you have a lot of time to work out!) My favorite part is the variety of skills the part/full time coaches bring to their classes.  It occurs to me that I wouldn’t be able to make my lifts if some coach hadn’t demonstrated it 1,000 times, or rowed a 500m PR if some coach hadn’t described every inch of that pull, or gave me just the right cue at the right time, or created some drill which put the whole movement together, or suggested some mobility to fix my cranky knee.   Add to that the members who always walk around and say “good work” to everyone laid out on the floor in a pool of sweat after a WOD.  I love to watch a member who’s really strong, love to watch someone who’s really gymnasty and love to watch someone who does it all!

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
Froning and I don’t run.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
I like things that happen last minute under pressure.  In 18.2, a workout with a 12 minute cap, I did 4 increasing weight cleans in the last 90 seconds. (Thanks to Jarrod for changing weights really fast!)  And in 18.4, with a 9 minute cap, I did the 21st deadlift at 165 lbs. at minute 8:59!

*Some current training goals are…
Making a 100 lb bench press in competition.

*What’s the best advice you have in six words (or less)?  You may submit multiple answers.  For example, “You can always take another step.”  Or, “Bring your weather to the picnic.”  Or, “Remember, french fries are gluten free.”
Learn to kip, then teach me.

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Seems like we are all working on/frustrated by weaknesses. Let’s celebrate strength!  Coaches and members, tell me your favorite (and probably best) lift or movement. What do you hope comes up in the WOD?  I love to deadlift!

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Before you settle into a routine, try to take a class from every coach.

*This month’s question has two parts:  
1. Where’s the best place you’ve ever traveled to and why?
I went with my family to Atlantis in the Bahamas and we spent a day with the dolphins which was pretty cool.
2. Where’s the place that you would like to travel to that you haven’t been to and why?
Dubai because it looks modern and intriguing  and unlike other cities but I can’t convince myself to sit on a plane for 15 hours.

*What do the coaches say about Susan?
Susan is one of the best athletes in the gym.  She is a role model both inside and outside these walls.  She really cares about fellow gym members and is always asking about their lives.  She encourages others to do things outside their comfort zone, and when people see Susan doing something, it makes them want to do it as well!  She’s a character (everyone LOVED her cat singlet at her last powerlifting meet) and one of the hardest workers we know.  And plus, she puts up with one-on-one training from Jarrod… that’s got to give her some kind of angel status 😉


Johnny D

*Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I’m from Canton, NY which is in Upstate NY. You cant go any further north without being in Canada. I have lived in Dedham for the past 23 years.

*Where/when do you workout?  And what’s your favorite part of being a member of CRAIC?
I was a charter member of COD working out in Dedham at the 5:30am for ever. The best part of Craic is the community. No matter your background, race, religion, job etc… you are an athlete just trying to get through the day’s athletic challenge.

*Anything interesting you’d like to share about yourself (job/hobbies/fun facts/family, etc.)?
I’m married with two kids (a senior in high school and a freshman). My wife, known as Susie Diesel in her CrossFit days, set a masters American Record for the 500m row in a warm up. I played soccer in College and I still play in an over 40 league. It’s way more dangerous than CrossFit. In 3 seasons I have 2 broken toes and a torn plantar fascia. I have hiked every peak in Acadia National Park, my oldest one upped me by doing them all wearing a weighted vest. I work for a company called Salesforce, which is headquartered in San Francisco. My job has me visiting clients all over the US, Canada and Latin America. The plus side to that is that have visited close to 50 CrossFit boxes around the world. This was a record until I finally convinced Rob Potash to join CrossFit. Last fast fact is that I have been blogging about my training workouts since 2011.

*Your proudest accomplishment(s) in training so far are…
Winning my heat at the Crash B’s. I set a goal to get better at rowing and spent the past year putting the work in and it paid off. The win was even more satisfying because I stuck to my plan and didn’t let the other rower’s tactics cause me to panic. (I was in 5th place after the first 500).

*Some current training goals are…
I’m currently in my recovery period, but I will start gearing up for the Row Series summer competition. Otherwise, I am training to look like Giorgio.

*What’s the best advice you have in six words (or less)?  You may submit multiple answers.  For example, “You can always take another step.”  Or, “Bring your weather to the picnic.”  Or, “Remember, french fries are gluten free.”
Im not a great rule follower so I will share a motto I like – “Successful people are not more gifted. They just outwork everyone.”

*Do you have any questions you’d like to ask the coaches or the members?
Why don’t more of you join the 6:30am Hopper class with the Craicmasters? What else is there to do at 6:30am on a Saturday? Plus, you are guaranteed to have Anthony take your photo and post it to Instagram.

*Based on your experience at Craic, what advice do you have for new members or people who are looking to join the gym?
Put your fears, worries, and ego aside and walk through the door. I guarantee that if you make a commitment to stick with it for a minimum of one year you will be in the best shape of your life and forge some really cool, new friendships.

*What do the coaches say about Johnny D?
Johnny D has always been one of the best athletes in the gym… for like TEN YEARS! Johnny D is no-nonsense when he’s working out, but always quick to have fun otherwise.  He is great at getting people together for team events (like all of the Row’d Royalty and Row Series events).  He’s always down for a little playful competition among friends, which keeps things fun.  Even though he doesn’t look that old, he’s one of the core members of the “Old Guys” crew, and he keeps them waking up early on Saturday mornings.  Keep your sarcastic/not-sure-if-you’re-serious comments coming and keep working hard and being a role model for us all!

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