September Athlete of the Month Chaz Darling

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 newly crowned most improved Mohican Chazzy D…

State your Name and/or Nickname please.
Charles Douglas Darling a.k.a. Chaz, Chazzy D, Chuck D, Jazzy Chazzy, Chazmanian Devil, Chester, T-Rex (seriously), etc.

Medical Education Technician – Running the logistics for the medical education department of an orthopedic extremities company.  Also train and educate orthopedic surgeons on our products.

Words to live by?
Decide what you want.  Decide what you’re willing to give up to get it – Mom

What is your fitness background?
Limited.  When I was a kid, I played a lot of basketball, then got fat and moved on to football for 1.5 years in the 7th grade.  I hit a lull  in fitness until I decided to wrestle one year in high school.  I got to college and found my competitive/active edge and played racquetball, soccer, basketball, swimming, and became a gym rat.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
March 15th, 2010 so about five and a half months

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The epic mind vs. body war that happens every day during a workout.  The body pleads with the mind to stop while the mind screams at the body to keep going.  I wish I could say my mind wins every time but it doesn’t.  I leave crossfit everyday feeling great, but on the days when my mind tells my body what’s what and pushes through the negative signals, its a huge burst of confidence and gives you a swagger walking out.  I love it.

What are your training goals?
Goal 1: qualify for regionals
Goal 2: qualify for the CrossFit Games

Favorite sport or activity?
Besides crossfit, its anything around water, soccer, and football

Recent adventure you’re planning?
Quantas airways will sometimes have random 4 day trips to Sydney or Melbourne at a REALLY cheap price.  They had one a month or two ago and I missed it….I’m not going to let that happen again.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I’ve been to Antarctica.

Longhorns or Aggies?
Horns baby!

Does your lack of a mustache hinder your performance in your chosen profession?
Since I deal with a lot of cadavers in my profession, I would say no.  A mustache would act like an odor sponge and that would not rock.

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
Do something everyday that makes you a better person than the day before.  Even if its something small, like reading, trying something new, or working out.  It will add up.