Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month: Becky Harland and Richard Pace

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A massive congrats to our July Athletes of the Month: a bride-to-be who can also deadlift 125 kg and our Secret Agent Man who does legless rope climbs in a dashing suit! 

Meet Richard ‘Pacey’ Pace

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Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I’m a geo-political risk consultant (CFP says: aka James Bond) who enjoys cycling, Motown, adventures and castles.  

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I’m from an Ironman triathlon background, nothing spectacular but keen and part of a great training group. Ironman is a hugely rewarding sport but incredibly time-consuming and lonely. As we got older and our lives moved on, the group became smaller, and the conviction to train less. I completed my last race and on crossing the finish line, I realised I had not enjoyed the training, enjoyed the race less and was dreading the thought of training for another. I knew it was time for something different. 

When did you first join CFP?
In late 2012 I was working abroad alongside members of the US Special Forces who were addicted to CrossFit and talked about it (tediously) non-stop while comparing arm sleeve tattoos, strong coffee and beanie hats. I started at CrossFit BOLD, which was great fun but discovered CFP was close to where I worked and started the journey in January 2013. Thankfully, there was just the right mix of community versus cult for me to enjoy and I stayed.

What was your first WOD in the classes?
I can’t remember and I am terrible at recording workouts and progress (CFP says: Tsk tsk, Pacey). I would like to say it was something brutal, but I suspect it involved pistols and I was terrible at it. 

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
After realising that my weaknesses were the challenge – the reason to keep coming – and my strengths an endorsement that I had something to be proud of and offer the group. 

What are your short term and long term goals?
Short term: be fitter and stronger with better movement. Long term: to keep enjoying the sport and see genuine progress. 

What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have been a Best Man four times. I guess this means I am someone people can rely on or I have friends with terrible judgment. Either way I am proud that four people trusted me to stand up and speak about them in front of their parents!

What is your favourite WOD / movement?
I love running and handstands in a WOD, but I’m still learning, so no favourites. Last week I hated toes to bar then James helped me crack them and now I like them a lot. 

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Pistols. 

Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Yes but cautiously. One needs an unusual mix of patience, energy, drive and caution to really achieve the movements, get the most out of the sessions and stay injury-free.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at CFP?
My first conversation with Pricey… it included an unannounced punch in the rib cage, the word ‘feckin‘ six times and I understood 3% of what was said… Inspirational. (CFP says: You can understand 3% of what he says? Congrats Pacey, that’s pretty incredible!)

Meet Becky ‘Bex’ Harland

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Tell us a bit about yourself…what do you do outside of CrossFit for work and for fun?
I’m a dental hygienist. I have a keen interest in history but I haven’t picked up a book since starting CrossFit! I’m getting married in 5 weeks eeeek (CFP says: Congrats soon-to-be Mrs. Bex!). Just like anyone, I love being with my nearest and dearest, generally being stupid. Love a good meal and film.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
A friend mentioned it to me. Also, I spoke to Steph Cullen who encouraged me to join Crossfit Perpetua. I haven’t looked back since!

When did you first join CFSL?
I joined at the beginning of March.

What was your first WOD in the classes?
It was a Saturday partner WOD of Bench and pull ups.

When did you realise CrossFit was right for you?
Straight away, I was addicted. I’ve always loved throwing heavy stuff around!

What are your short term and long term goals?
I just want to keep pushing and challenging myself to be the best I can be. I need to improve my squat that’s for sure and my overhead stability plus my left glute in particular needs to get stronger (CFP says: That is a very specific goal!). I want to be able to Rx everything eventually and go unbroken for as long as possible.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My best sporting achievement would be rowing on the Saturday of Henley Royal Regatta in the women’s 8 category: The Remenham Challenge Cup. The atmosphere on the way up to the start was spine-tingling. I’ll never forget it. There were so many people!

What is your favourite WOD / movement?
Favourite movement would be deadlift and the clean.

What is your least favourite WOD / movement?
Least favourite would be overhead squad mainly coz I suck at it!

Would you recommend CrossFit to your friends and family? What advice would you give them?
Yes I would. I’d advise being patient, do your homework i.e. stretching and mobility stuff. Also, listen to your coach!

Fun fact about you?
My surname after getting married will be Bond. Becky Bond. 😉 (CFP says: Both of our Athletes of the Month bear a resemblance to James Bond!

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