Congrats to our August Athlete of the Month, Tom Ray!!! This guy works extra hard in and outside of the gym and it shows! He embodies a healthy lifestyle and hard work!
What makes you, you?
It’s definitely the journey that I’ve been on – the experiences I’ve had both good and bad, the people I’ve met, the successes and the failures, the good decisions and the poor decsions Having learned that nothing was ever as bad as I ever thought it was going to be and that happiness comes from relationships and experiences – not things.
Describe your experience at CFNC.
I joined CFNC to be challenged. Mission accomplished! The support and encouragement from coaches to members has been great – it truly is a community.
What are your major life goals?
I’ve achieved many of my goals in life – the main goal that’s been achieved is raising two awesome young men. Going forward it’s about longevity, staying healthy and fit so that I can continue to enjoy the journey.
What are your 3 major CrossFit goals?
Keep improving on everything, conquer muscle ups, don’t be stupid.
What has been your favorite CrossFit moment so far?
My first Crossfit Open 2017 experiencing how the entire community comes together even more than ever in support of everyone regardless of their level.
What has been your favorite CrossFit WOD and why?
I’d say Murph because it’s an annual WOD they everyone participates in, you can measure your improvement, and it’s challenging.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Leading a cult of older people in a movement to eliminate the stigma the comes with aging and showing them that you can live an active, healthy life regardless of your age.
Share a recipe for a favorite clean meal.
Fish Soup with Coconut Milk
This is a delicious, fast way to increase intake of healthy omega-3 fatty acids from oily cold water ﬁsh. Adding steamed cauliﬂower ﬂorets makes it sort of like a “chowder”, but without the starch of traditional chowders that use potatoes. Finely chopped, steamed turnips may also be used.
1 can coconut milk, about 14 ounces
(NOT ‘light’ or reduced fat)
3 cups chicken stock
1 pound fresh ﬁsh, skin removed,
cut into 1 inch dice (any kind or combination, but preferably a cold water, oily ﬁsh variety – I prefer salmon)
Juice of 1 lemon or two limes
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated or minced
1 or 2 carrots, sliced into thin “coins” or ﬁne julienne strips
3 inch section of lemongrass (optional)
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus extra leaves cut into thin slices for garnish
½ teaspoon or more of Thai red curry paste, to taste
Dash of Tabasco or other brand hot pepper sauce, or to taste (may also use red pepper ﬂakes)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 head of cauliﬂower, separated into small ﬂorets and steamed
½ pound shrimp (optional)
S E R V I N G S: 4
Place coconut milk, stock, ﬁsh, lemon or lime juice, ginger, carrots and lemon-grass and cauliﬂower into a 2–4 quart sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat until gently simmering. Stir in chopped basil leaves and season with red curry paste and sea salt, to taste. Soup is ready when ﬁsh is cooked through, about 10–15 minutes. If adding shrimp, put them in the broth after simmering for ten minutes and cook another 5–6 minutes. Remove lemon-grass and serve hot, garnished with thinly sliced basil in each bowl.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
A piece of 100% coaca chocolate with a dab of almond butter
What is the most challenging aspect of CrossFit?
Staying within yourself and not trying to do too much
What advice would you give to someone new to CrossFit?
Go slow, don’t worry about everyone else’s performance just your own and that every gain is a gain and an improvment from where you were keep hitting those regardless of how big or small.
What is your personal “walkout song” or anthem?
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi (yep I’m old)