July Athlete Of The Month: Mitch Tabera!!

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 July Athlete of the Month is Mitch Tabera! Mitch joined CrossFit Austin back in 2012. He is always the first to volunteer to help us out, he’s a great classmate, and he’s one of the most badass guys we know! Mitch is also part of the chicken o’clock crew, knocking out his workout during the 5:30 am class. Come join Mitch for an early WOD and then maybe he’ll take you for a spin in his 58′ Belair! Congratulations Mitch! We are thrilled to have you as this month’s Athlete of the Month.

State your Name and/or Nickname please:
My name is Mitch Tabera, no cool nickname to share, but I have been referred to as a “Badass” by some of my 5:30 am class CFers’.  It is possible, they are just being nice since I am the elder in the class!

Words to live by?mitch2
Treat people the way you want to be treated.

What is your fitness background?
Since my employment in law enforcement began I have tried to stay fit.  I have only had to chase someone once in my career and I was wearing cowboy boots at the time.  I caught him!  I have done 5k’s, 10k’s, a Marathon, and several sprint triathlons beginning in my late 30’s.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
 I started Crossfit in Hawaii at Crossfit Oahu in December 2008.  I use to drive by it almost daily when we would take suspects to jail and decided to give it a try.  I obviously was hooked on day one.  I remember being extremely sore for almost a month.  I literally would crawl up the stairs at our house because my quads were so torn up.  I always have been an early bird so the 530am class works best for me.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit Austin?
Like everyone else who joins a box, I enjoy the welcoming supportive “family” atmosphere.  Since 2008, I have been to lots of different Crossfit gyms as a drop-in, or member, and this is the common denominator. 

Current Training Goals/PRs?
Crossfit goal is to just keep getting stronger and faster.

What keeps you getting up for that 5:30 am class?
The 530am class allows me to stay consistent.  My workday is too unpredictable so getting it done early gets the day started right. mitch

If you could choose one Pandora station to always play, what would it be?
I always use AC/DC Pandora for my home WODS.  I have a concept rower, pull up rig,  rings, and free weights in my garage gym.

Tell us about a moment you felt most proud of yourself during a workout.
In Aug 2011, I did 20 rounds of Cindy.  My best effort for this WOD.

If you could create a WOD and name it for yourself, what would it be?
How about  a quick 21, 15, 9 of Burpees and thrusters for time with 95/65, and 75 for “MASTERS”.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit?
Hobbies include working on the home landscape, finding the tastiest BBQ, and keeping my 58 Chevy Belair running.  I have had this car since I was 15 years old and it has traveled with us to CA, WA, HI, and now Texas.

Tell us something we don’t know about you…
My wife and I have five kids and 11 grandchildren.  Two of the oldest grandchildren just started college.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words…
For  those of you starting out in Crossfit showing up for class is just half the effort.  Don’t give up.  Know your limitations.  Crossfit is a lot like golf in that you really are only competing against yourself. Don’t be discouraged if the person next to you can lift more or run faster than you. You will get there!