April Athlete of The Month: Lily Dones!

Each month we spotlight a different CFA athlete who stands out and shows just how awesome they are. What is it that makes up an Athlete of the Month? It may not be the person that finishes the fastest, Rx’s every WOD, or gets a PR every time they walk in the gym. Although we love and celebrate when those things happen, the Athlete of the Month is made up of much more than physical ability. This person shows up, gives their best every time, and then gives a little more. They are hungry to learn and always ready to do the work. They support their fellow classmates and encourage them to reach their goals. This athlete embodies what we believe the CrossFit Austin Community should be about.

Our April Athlete of the Month is Lily Dones! Lily is typically an evening gal, mixing it up between 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:30 pm.  She occasionally pops into a morning class and also hits up Saturdays on pretty regular basis. Basically, Lily lives at the gym 😉 Come snag a WOD with this girl and then grab a margarita after! Congratulations Lily! We are thrilled to have you as this month’s Athlete of the Month.

​State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Liliana (my mom is the only person who calls me this and it’s only when she’s mad at me). Everyone else knows me as Lily or Lil.

Words to live by?
“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” -Tupac Shakur

“No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up, and show up.” -Paulo Coelho lily2

What is your fitness background?
Dance has been part of my life since I was a child I liked it so much I majored in it in college. I also ran track in high school (the whole first season I must have been last 9 out 10 meets) and played tennis. In college I spent numerous hours on the treadmill and in the weight room working on my bro reps.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
I will be turning a year April 10th, and it has definitely been the most challenging and rewarding year in my fitness history.

Take us back to your first day of CrossFit… How did you feel? How do you compare it to workouts today?
The workout was 4 rounds of 10 push ups, 10 air squats, and 200 meter row, I knew then that the rower and I would not be good friends. I also learned that I had been doing push ups the wrong way my whole life. I now know there are far worse things than the rower. I would be lying if I said its gotten any easier since that day.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
Everything! I absolutely love the people, everyone is so inspiring and motivating, everyday I am excited to see someone accomplish something that they had been working on. The coaches are amazing, I have seen my body do things I never thought I would be able to do and I attribute it to having coaches that push my boundaries.  Shout out to coach Erica for being my first friend, I came back because she was awesome! I love that no matter what class I show up to I always feel welcome.

Current Training Goals/PRs?
My only goal is to stay injury free if I can manage to do that I will be one happy crossfitter.

What is your cheat meal go to?

​Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.

The day I was able to do an 80lbs OHS, I remember when I first started Crossfit OHS seemed impossible, I could barely squat the bar and my arms used to always fall asleep (probably
because I was rolling my shoulders).  I thought Miguel was crazy for telling me to add 5 lbs plates to my 35 lbs bar during a wod that had OHS,
he still does things that have me like:  -___- 

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
Your favorite TV show + margaritas!lily

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy hot yoga, Netflix marathons, and trying out new restaurants/food trucks around Austin.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…

I’m the first in my family to go to college. I now work with a non-profit organization that aims at providing resources to low income students so that they can pursue a higher education. Saying that I love my job is an understatement.

Longhorns or Aggies?
LONGHORNS!!!!!!! I definitely bleed burnt orange Hook ‘Em \m/

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
Thank you for being the great people that you all are. Continue to push yourselves everyday inside and outside of the box, and leave the negative thoughts out of your mind. You all inspire me everyday and I cannot express how happy I am to be part of this community!