May Co-Athletes of the Month: Daniel and Sarah Loyola

Congratulations are in order for our May co-athletes of the month, Daniel and Sarah Loyola.  Daniel and Sarah have been an awesome part of our Rising family for several years.  Recently, Sarah received an amazing job offer to be the director of educational technology at a school in Raleigh, NC.  They will be moving at the end of the month and so we thought it would be appropriate to honor them both with Rising AOM accolades.  Daniel and Sarah, we wish you nothing but health and happiness as you start your new adventure in Raleigh.   

Sarah Loyola

Date you started Crossfit: April of 2013 at the Harris Y

Day job: Soon to be Director of Educational Technology at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh

Athletic/fitness background: My parents had to put me in sports at age 5 due to my boundless energy. I unicycled for the Wonder Wheels (we were self-proclaimed local legends) and played basketball throughout elementary school. In high school, I played basketball and ran track and cross country. My only claim to athletic fame was my one semester of college basketball at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In my twenties, I did a LOT of running, including several half-marathons and one full.

What made you decide to start CrossFit? My knees. I just couldn’t take the pounding on the pavement anymore. Also, I hoped to finally have muscular arms, but all the muscle I had hoped to gain in my arms developed in my legs. Ugh.

Something that we don’t know about you is…: Well, since I already revealed my past as a unicyclist, I will go with the fact that I have been a vegetarian for 21 years. This may contribute just a little to my scrawny arms…

Favorite quote: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” –Desmond Tutu

Hobbies/interests outside the gym: Spending time with the fam, making jewelry, decorating, complaining about #notmypresident, traveling the world, and running, but all I really do since I started my doctorate is study.

Favorite CrossFit movement: Deadlift…mainly because it requires no real technical skills. I also like double-unders and box jumps.

Least favorite CrossFit movement: SNATCH…I never get better at it. Dave tells me to use my hips, and I still don’t really know what that means… I also hate pull-ups. They make my hands hurt so bad!

What do you love most about CrossFit? How it makes me feel like a badass. And, of course, my 4:30 compadres and my girl Melissa Morales.

What is your biggest challenge with Crossfit? That I can NEVER beat Lauren Yelton. And, all things rig related. I really should have stuck with gymnastics as a kid.

Daniel Loyola

Date you started CrossFit: May 2013

Day job: I build stands and shelves out of paper according to my son Oliver.

Athletic/fitness background: I played tennis and pick up soccer games all the time while growing up. When I moved to the US, I picked up racquetball and ended up playing it competitively. I was sponsored by Head for a year until they realized I had two left feet.

What made you decide to start CrossFit?  I was a regular in the athletic conditioning classes at the Y, but management kept restricting what we did (couldn’t go outside, couldn’t run on the road, etc). I wanted something different, and CrossFit intrigued me.

Something that we don’t know about you is…:  When I was 12, my waist measured 42 inches. No joke.

Favorite quote: I would say something clever in Spanish, but…

Hobbies/interests outside the gym: Motorcycles

Favorite CrossFit movement: Overhead squats

Least favorite CrossFit movement: The list is long, but lunges win by far. I hate lunges. Weighted…no weights…it does not matter…I do not like lunges.

What do you love most about CrossFit? Let’s face it, CrossFit sucks. But we keep coming back for more punishment. Seriously, I love the sense of accomplishment. Sometimes I can’t believe what I am able to do.

What is your biggest challenge with CrossFit? Getting old stinks. I am always sore. I would go twice a day if I could recuperate fast enough.