The Weekly Dose of Awesome

This week's Awesome has been with us for a bit - since 2015, in fact. And while she's been kickin' ass and makin' gainz for a long time, it's how she's showing up recently that caught my notice.  Did you see her rock the Open wods? Actually, probably not - because she was there for the first heat each Friday night, before most of you arrived! But there she was, giving it her best, without the atmosphere that really pumps everyone up. And since the Open, she's been working on her weaknesses - most recently determined to cycle together her kipping pull-ups.  Michelle is always a joy to have in class, working hard and wanting to learn, with some sassy humor thrown in to keep up the fun. Learn a few things about her below. Congrats, Michelle!

Name: 
Michelle Lovejoy
Nickname / Alter Ego: 
Ms. Lovejoy or Ms. LJ (I'm a teacher!)
Hometown: 
San Jose, CA
Occupation: 
Middle School Teacher
When did you first start CrossFitting?: 
2009ish (but, I took a bunch of time off from 2011 to 2014 to train for a 1/2 Ironman!)
When did you first start CrossFitting at UB?
2015
Favorite WOD: 
Anything with pistols or gymnastic type work
Least favorite WOD: 
Anything with muscle ups (since I can't do one... yet)
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? 
My ex-boyfriend was a CF coach. He got me into it. My current boyfriend (Marshall Hawks) is also into CF.  :)
What is an unexpected way CrossFit has affected your life? 
I like being able to lift heavy items. I'm short and small but don't need help moving large items around the house or help carrying groceries to my car. Non-Crossfit people are often surprised and/or concerned by this.
What are your favorite non-CrossFit activities? 
Skiing, climbing, playing soccer, drinking wine
What's your favorite food/drink you consider to be healthy? 
Broccoli
What's your favorite food/drink you consider to be not-so healthy? 
Wine and/or Boba Tea (not together)
If you could be any super hero, who would you be? 
Storm from X-Men. I wish I could control the weather.