Athlete Profile: Catalino Gonzalez
How long have you been coming to CrossFit York? My first real WOD was on December 11, 2012.
What's your athletic history? In high school I competed in track and field. My events were the 110 and 300M hurdles and the long, triple, and high jumps. [Editor's note: those hurdles are 39' high!]
How did you find CrossFit York? Last August, some friends and I decided to sign up for a Tough Mudder. I was all over the internet looking for ways to train for that obstacle course, and in doing my research, found that many Tough Mudder competitors were crossfitters. I then stumbled across the CrossFit York website, and saw that a group of athletes from CFY had actually run one.
Describe your first WOD. Well, I thought I would die. It was some little WOD, like a 5 minute AMRAP of 10 sit ups, 10 push ups, and 10 medicine ball squats. I barely finished. I bet the coaches were like, "This dude ain't comin' back."
Why *did* you come back? I needed to prove to myself that I could do it. And I wanted to show my kid, Julian, that we don't just quit. Also, I was treated for colon cancer three years ago, so I'm committed to my health. I've made other lifestyle changes, such as eating a mainly paleo diet, to help me remain cancer-free.
Favorite movements? Backsquat, definitely.
What still presents a challenge for you? I used to hate rowing, but I've made peace with it. I'm good, now, when the rower comes up in a WOD. However, I still am working on pull ups and toes-to-bar. There was the death by TTB the other day, and I was happier than a school girl that I was able to complete that WOD Rx; before that, I'd never gotten my feet all the way up to the bar. That day, I made it through 8 rounds!!
So, you're pretty much always here with your son, Julian. Who's your next recruit? My wife, Evelyn. She currently recovering from a torn meniscus, but I keep working on her.
Any advice you'd give to our athletes who are just starting out? The first day is the absolute worst. If you can get out of bed the next day, you've already won. It just gets better the more you keep coming.