Max Woman: Meet Alyson

1. How long have you been crossfitting?   I started CrossFit in 2013 when we were at the location across from the sculpture park. I had to take about 13 months off for a hip injury and surgery and have been back at it since January of this year. 

2. What is your favorite movement that we do in CrossFit?  My favorite movement is a toss-up between cleans and deadlifts. 

3. What was your biggest fear coming into CrossFit ? My biggest fear back when I started in 2013 was that I would be the only female and wouldn’t be able to keep up.  My biggest fear since re-starting this year was re-injuring myself and not being able to hit the times and weight totals I did prior to injury and surgery.  (Except that Alyson has improved by leaps and bounds since returning in January).

4. What CF accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of being able to do rope climbs and pull-ups.  In all of the years I have done CrossFit I had never even attempted these until this year. 

5. What's your 9-5 (job)?    I am a State Revolving Fund Program Specialist.  I work for a State agency that gives low interest loans to Cities, Municipalities, and communities for water quality infrastructure projects such as wastewater treatment, sewer rehab, wells, etc…  I review their applications and once they have received our loan I ensure that they are following all State and Federal regulations (i.e. EPA guidelines, prevailing wages are being paid, debt/service ratio is being met). I also review and approve their requests and invoices for payments requests. 

6. Other than CrossFit, what else do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I can’t get enough of my family, especially my daughter Skylar.  I enjoy running, planning and hosting gatherings, biking, tailgating at ISU games, helping my sister on her vineyard/horse stables, sitting around a “camp fire”, and listening to music of all kinds.

7. What keeps you coming back each day?  Max Oxygen is the only place that I can let it all out (the good, the bad and the in-between).  I love that it constantly challenges me physically and mentally.  It reminds me daily that I can do anything I put my mind to and am willing to put in the work for.  

Also, and even more importantly, I love and respect the people (athletes and coaches).  Sometimes sweating it out with them, seeing their faces and talking to them is what gets me through a day.  I have made some of my best friends at this here.  I know that no matter what life throws at me they will be there to help me through it and help me celebrate the journey when it is done – in and out of the gym.  That is EVERYTHING! The people here hold a very special place in my heart and MO2 is "home" because of them.  

8. If you could cherrypick a WOD what would you choose?  I like the “Girls,” Grace, Cindy and Fran

9. One thing your WOD friends don't know about you?  “I feel the need - the need for speed!” (Maverick, Top Gun)  I like to go fast – in cars, on motorcycles, boats, etc… I have a deep desire to drive (not ride in – I need to be in control) a race car.  But I need to learn how to drive a stick shift first.  

10. Favorite "Cheat" Meal? I love pizza but I have not touched the stuff for over 6 months.  Now I just settle for a grilled steak, potato and asparagus.