Name: Joe Fonseca
Age:32

What is your athletic background?
Grew up playing many sports soccer, Track to Baseball. At 18 Started competing in Triathlons and Distance events.

What brought you into the sport?
I was no longer excited about running 20+ a day and wanted something more exciting. Since I was working out now pretty regularly it seemed like a logical choice take your fitness level and put it against others, am I really working as hard as I think I am?

What does your training entail?
As I am finding ways to make weight lifting happen I find myself working in that realm quite a bit. But really I don’t enjoy not being at the very least proficient at anything so I work on ALL weaknesses and grow strengths… Vague? Oh no… not in the least.

What do you feel most passionate about? And how does that motivate you to do better in competing and everyday training?
I want to give my daughter a reason to be proud. I want her to reach for every goal she will ever want and I cannot teach her how to do that if I am unwilling to do the same. For that reason I have and will risk everything to push myself to the very best Dad and Athlete.

What are your goals for 2014 as an athlete?
To compete in the open and compete in as many competitions as time will allow. To meet new athletes and to find others that can assist me I obtaining my goals.

To date, what do you feel are your biggest achievements as an athlete?
I figured out a way to powerlift. I cleaned 195lbs 2 months after my very first power clean.

Are there any obstacles that you have had to overcome to be a better athlete?
Well there is the obvious lack of hands that tends to make certain movements a little difficult, like a Snatch.


Name: Janessa Brindza
Age: 29

What is your athletic background?
I grew up playing soccer and softball in Port Angeles, WA. I went on to play softball at Lower Columbia College and at the University of Missouri. I am happily married to my college sweetheart, and we have one son Wyatt (2yrs old). Wyatt is full of energy and has the sweetest soul.

What brought you into the sport?
Wyatt has grown up in our CrossFit box and can usually be found jumping on boxes, hanging from rings, and doing burpees. Will and I own CrossFit Wilsonville, and we are blessed to be part of an amazing community. I am so proud of the “CFW Army” and blessed to call them family. At CFW I am the “Mother Bear”; I manage all of the daily operations and coach.

What does your training entail?
I follow the programming that my husband writes for CFW. When I am not coaching, I jump in and training with the group classes. Being a busy mom, wife, and business owner I squeeze my workouts in when I can, with a goal of three days on, one off, two on, one off.

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
2014: 7th place Fort Vancouver Invitational (with partner Catherine Blatner)
2013: 14th place North West Regional
2013: 3rd place Oregon Summer Games
2013: 1st place Sasquatch Throw Down (with partner Catherine Blatner)
2011: 26th place North West Regional


Name: Catherine Blatner
Age: 22
I work and train at CrossFit 45 North in Hillsboro, OR.

What is your athletic background?
I got involved in several sports when I was very young and participated in basketball, track and field and my true love, volleyball through high school. After graduating I was looking for something to keep me active so I started to run distance every day because I thought it would keep me in shape but it lacked the competitiveness I felt while playing volleyball.

What brought you into the sport?
My best friend had started CrossFit around this time and kept begging me to try it with her knowing I would love it; sometimes our friends know us better than we know ourselves. She was right, I fell in love with everything about CrossFit so much so it has helped direct my life path. I am extremely passionate about fitness and my health. Once I started CrossFit I realized that my old goals and perceptions of what being “fit” were always centered around looking “skinny” and not necessarily being healthy. I know many women have the same mentality that I once had and I want to change this vision of beautiful. Fitness and beauty were truly redefined for me after starting my CrossFit journey just less than 3 years ago and I strive to motivate others to change their life the way that I did. I want women to realize that your body can be capable of so many things and that in itself is beauty.

After my first year of CrossFit, I remember sitting in the stands at the 2012 Regional Competition and I thought to myself “I want to be out there!” For the next year, I spent every day pushing myself day in and day out and it paid off. In 2013 I reached my goal and qualified for the Northwest Regional competition and I was so happy to see all of my hard work pay off.

What are your goals for 2014 as an athlete?
My goal this season is to again, show how hard I have been training this last year. I want my performance to reflect that hard work and I will do my best in every workout and that is all I can promise myself. I know I am a better athlete than I was a year ago, physically and mentally, and will be happy with the progress I have made no matter the outcome. However, I strive to be the best and it fuels me every day because this sport and exceling in this sport takes a lot tremendous amount of dedication and patience.

What does your training entail?
My training regimen is hard but extremely effective for me. Depending on the time of year and what competitions I am planning for it will change but in general I train Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with active recovery on Thursday, where I try to improve my swimming. Friday and Saturday will be two more hard training days followed by active recovery again on Sunday. I am usually in the gym training for about 3-4 hours a day to make sure I focus on any mobility/stability training, physical therapy and post workout mobility/stretching. My workouts on an average training day would include some sort of strength/power work, one to three wods depending on what day it is and what energy pathways are being targeted followed by “developer” work (speed, agility, balance, gymnastics skills etc).

Are there any obstacles that you have had to overcome to be a better athlete?
As I mentioned, exceling at this sport is hard and it is not just the physical aspect that I have had to train. One of my biggest obstacles is definitely the mental side of this sport. It is very hard to train hard every single day and work on weaknesses constantly. It makes you feel like you are not a good athlete when you are constantly doing things that you are not good at. I have had many days when I feel like packing up my stuff and leaving the gym early or quitting a WOD in the middle because it can become so frustrating. I am proud of the mental strength that I have gained over the past year to fight the negative voice inside of my head and push through those rough days. I do believe that this has been imperative to continuing any success for me in the sport.


Chris Ritchie
Age: 33

What is your athletic background?
Muay Thai kickboxing, MMA, Triathlon, Marathon and now Crossfit

What brought you into the sport?
I started Crossfit in 2005 as my strength and conditioning for my MMA and Muay
Thai.

What does your training entail?
5-6 days a week some times two a days of cross functional training including Olympic lifting, gymnastics, body weight movements, sprints, and endurance. All my programming is done by my personal coach Scott Hagnas out of Crossfit Portland which is also where I train.

What do you feel most passionate about? And how does that motivate you to do better in competing and everyday training?
I am most passionate about being a healthy and physically fit and athletic human being with as much strength, speed, endurance, and mobility as possible. This motivates me to wake up every day and train as hard and as intelligently as possible to meet my potential as an athlete and as a human being.

What are your goals for 2014 as an athlete?
Compete in the 2014 Crossfit Games. As many regional and west coast Crossfit competitions as possible and race again this year in the 2014 Hood to Coast race.

To date, what do you feel are your biggest achievements as an athlete?
A few podium placements in key North American triathlon series have been my personal highlights. As well as a handful of Top 5 placements in Crossfit competitions.
Are there any obstacles that you have had to overcome to be a better athlete? Completely tearing out my ACL and having complete reconstructive knee surgery would have to be my biggest! That recovery process gave me mental strength I didn’t even know I had and made me twice the athlete I was before.

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