October 11, 2012
Burned out from years of competitive swimming, former All-American swimmer Emily Ciraolo rediscovers the joy of fitness through CrossFit.
I used to hate holiday workouts.
Swimmers do holiday workouts. My club team did 100 100s on New Year’s Eve. Holiday workouts suck. They suck more than the usual workouts suck.
I thought about this as I drove home from the Fittest on the 4th at CrossFit 716 back in July. At 25 years old, five and a half years since my last swim meet, I have completed three holiday workouts with my CrossFit family, and I liked them. Scratch that. I loved them!
I proudly came home from the Fittest on the 4th and strutted around my house in my nerdy Fourth of July outfit covered in black marks from 800-lb. tire flips. My parents thought I’d lost my mind—especially my dad, my coach for most of my swimming career.