August Athlete of the Month- Dan Patenaude


August Athlete of the Month- Dan Patenaude

Q: Tell us about yourself.IMG_5996

I am a school counselor for the past 18 years at Mashpee Middle/High School.  I have been the varsity baseball coach since 2000. My wife and I moved down the Cape full-time in 1998 from Worcester where we both had worked for eleven and ten years respectively at St. Peter-Marian Jr. Sr. High School. We love living here and enjoy all the Cape has to offer.

Q:  What made you want to start Crossfit?  Why do you do it now?

I had been running in a number of local road races but I felt I still wasn’t in the shape I wanted to be.  I would see Mike McGrail at many of these races and he kept encouraging me to tryout CrossFit.  I took him up on it in September, 2012 and came to an introductory class (and almost died). I signed up for the three month intro deal and am still coming.  Even though I may not enjoy all the workouts I do enjoy the results.

Q:What do you enjoy most about Crossfit? The comradery.  I attend the 5:30 am class exclusively and you couldn’t ask for a better group of people. It is still amazing to me that we can have 20+ people at a 5:30 in the morning class.  Since I am usually one of the last to finish the WOD I consistently hear “Come on Dan” on a regular basis. You afternoon folks don’t know what you are missing.

Q:  What is your proudest Crossfit moment?

Two things. Climbing ropes and being able to do a handstand against the wall (without any assistance).

Q:  What is your favorite movement/lift? Least favorite?

I don’t know if I can honestly say that I have a favorite movement (other than sitting down after the workout is complete).  I seem to do well on rowing, pull-ups and sit-ups. My least favorite is overhead squats. They are just plain tutor. Also, I have not put enough effort into being able to do double-unders with any consistency.

Q:  What are your Crossfit goals? 

How close are you to reaching them? Coming four to five days a week to get my fix of “WODS”.   I have been off this summer as far as consistency but am looking forward to my regular routine once September rolls around.  My goal is to keep my weight under 200 lbs (when I started I was between 215 – 220).

Q:  If you could create a wod, what would it look like?

IMG_6002A team workout where we do tire flips, farmer’s carry, pull-ups and either a 400 meter run or 500 meter row. A couple of rope climbs would also be OK  too.