Athlete Spotlight - Grace Kim
Written by: Robyn Lynch
Date posted: October 21, 2015
AGE: 37 (eek)
START DATE: July 2011
WOD TIME: 5:30 AM/7:30 PM
PROFESSION: Accounting Supervisor
INJURIES, RECOVERY, & CF: I played soccer all my life growing up, so I have always been competitive (as most of you know..#hiwillie). That being said, being injured is never fun. Unrelated to CF and likely due to my years of playing soccer, my knee wasn’t feeling right. I was diagnosed with cartilage defects and decided fairly quickly to go through surgery hoping to return back to action ASAP. After my first surgery was deemed a failure, I switched doctors and was told that I would need surgery again and that I may never be able to run, jump and squat with heavy weights either. Less than a year after my first surgery I underwent another. I sat on the sidelines for 2.5 yrs. When I came back to the box, I was scared and telling all the coaches no I can’t do this, I can’t do that. One day I had a breakthrough realizing there is a very thin line between uncomfortable and painful. If it didn’t hurt, I would continue. It’s been almost 2 yrs from my second surgery and about a year since I came back to the box full time. I’m running again, I started doing box jumps about a month ago and can squat a lot of weight! I’m so happy to be back! My advice to anyone going through injuries is something my brother and other coaches say often. “Your BODY is strong. Your MIND is weak.” With patience and perseverance anything is possible.
LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENT: Pull-ups..honestly I have’t really been working on them. I was hoping to get them via osmosis from all the other badasses at our box..guess I gotta start now
SHORT TERM GOAL: Do my workout (“Grace”) in under 4 minutes for Barbells for Boobs
LONG TERM GOAL: Beat MK in any WOD and tell him he needs a new engine
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Traveling to Boston twice with the Maxability fam to watch my brother compete in Regionals. The overwhelming support meant so much to me and my family.
WHY MAXABILITY? My “little brother” introduced me to this place 4.5 yrs ago. I love being able to share something in common with MK even though he tells me almost everyday how soft I am or how I need a new engine. Deep down, I know it’s his way of telling me how proud of me he is. I’ve also met so many amazing people here. I used to refer to everyone here as my “CrossFit friends” to anyone who knew me pre-crossfit. But now I refer to everyone here as my friends because that’s what they all are! There seems to be an unbelievable solidarity in suffering through WODs together, but I wouldn’t want to suffer with anyone else!