August AOM, Ashlee Winner

In an effort to get to know the fine folks of CrossFit Austin, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different CFA athlete.  This month we have the Lovely Ashlee Winner…

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
Ashlee Winner aka Winner

Commercial Sales Executive for Humana, Inc.  So basically I sell insurance to large businesses, employers, and corporations.

Words to live by?
Always do what you are afraid to do. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you look at your life, the greatest happiness’s are family happiness’s. -Joyce Brothers

What is your fitness background?
I grew up playing soccer from a very young age and went on to play collegiate soccer at the US Naval Academy (Yes, I went to the actual Naval Academy in Annapolis for 2 years….until I realized I had to do more than play soccer and go to class and that I would have to be in the Navy afterwards-but it was a great experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend) and then transferred to Ohio State for my last two years of college.  After I graduated from Ohio State, I coached collegiate soccer at another DI university in Ohio, Bowling Green State University for 5 years,  so I have always been around athletics.  I have always enjoyed running and working out but nothing too structured since college until I found CrossFit.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
11 months – Wow!  I can’t believe it has been almost a year!

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The structure, the comradery, the challenge, the friendly faces

What are your training goals?
When I originally joined CrossFit, I wanted to tone up and lose some weight….which I have done!  Now my goals are to get stronger and be able to do all the workouts Rx.  For now, my very short term goal is to finish the Mohican Warrior Challenge in the allotted time on September 11th!

Favorite sport or activity?
Soccer of course, but since I don’t really play anymore, I will have to go with CrossFit.  I also still enjoy running on my own.  Unless, you want to count shopping as a sport or activity…..

Recent adventure you’re planning?

Since neither my husband or I are from Texas, most of our “adventures” revolve around traveling to Ohio to see my family or traveling to South Florida to see his family.  We did just go to Mexico for along weekend which was a lot of fun!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I am fascinated with “Hollywood”.  I watch the E! network and read all the gossip magazines every week.

Longhorns or Aggies?

NEITHER!  The Ohio State University….yes, there is a “the” in front of that!  GO BUCKEYES!!!

If you could add a mustache to one person in the gym, who would it be, and why?
What is it about a mustache that is so funny?  They just bring a smile to my face whenever I see someone with one…Smart cars do the same thing for me…they just make me laugh every time I see one.   So, I guess adding a mustache to anyone would be funny!

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
I just want to say thank you to all the coaches and fellow CrossFitters who make it enjoyable and fun to work out.  Family is very important to me, and I feel kind of like CrossFit is a family…It’s like Cheers where you walk in and everybody knows your name….only considerably more healthy than sitting at bar and drinking.