Each month, in order to get to know our Centex community better, we are going to highlight an Athlete of the Month. This athlete has exhibited determination, growth, and a great attitude in the gym. They challenge and encourage their teammates on a daily basis and represent CrossFit Centex with pride.

Our Athlete of the Month for May is Karen Doersch. Be sure to give her a shout out when you see her.  Karen has been in the Wolfpack community for about 2 years now. Although she mostly attends the evening classes, you will occasionally see her in our early am classes due to her busy schedule. Not only is Karen super smart, she’s one of those silent, killer type of athletes. She comes to class, doesn’t say a whole lot and then proceeds to kill the workout. She always works hard and has seen great improvement in her strength and skill over the last year.  We love having her in the community and will be sad to see here go to New York next month.

Tell us little bit about you and your family.

I am a transplant to the Central Texas area from Connecticut, which is where most of my family lives. I came to Texas to complete the combined MD/PhD program through Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and I have been at the Temple campus for 5 years. I graduate at the end of May (finally) and will be moving to New York to pursue a residency program in urology at University of Rochester. My boyfriend Sebastian (who most of you know as CBass) is also a CrossFit Centex member. We live in Temple with our two awesome dogs, Layla and Chorizo, who come up to the gym every once in a while to bark at everyone. My parents still live in Connecticut and are retired and my brother is a software engineer in London.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Other than the gym, I enjoy reading in pretty much any genre, baking, and hanging out with my dogs. I also spend a lot of time doing volunteer work to help increase opportunities to learn about careers in medicine and science for students in high school through medical school with the American Physician Scientists Association and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

What is something we don’t know about you?

That I am super nerdy.

When did you start crossfit? Why?

I started in about January 2016. I had been working out on my own at the Field House in Temple, which was awesome, but wanted a little more structured programming. At that time, CBass and I had been dating about 6 months and he convinced me to try out Crossfit Centex. I was hesitant at first because I hadn’t really done group fitness classes before, but I ended up really loving the program and the community.

Do you remember your first wod?

Yes. It was during one of my On Ramps with Steph, right when I started. It had a couple of things like cleans and kettle bell swings and then a 400 m run at the end. I went out to start running but I couldn’t remember where the 400 m run stopped and so I ran way too far and was gone a lot longer than you would expect. I’m sure Steph was wondering if I just left.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about crossift? (movement, wod, etc.)

My favorite wods are the really long grinders. If it is meant to take more than half an hour, then I probably like it. My least favorite things are wall balls and thrusters.

How has crossfit and/or Centex affected your life?

Centex has not only helped me stay healthy and active but has also connected me with a huge community of amazing people.

What advice would you give a newbie?

Just try stuff. A lot of times I have looked at a workout and thought that I won’t be able to do it but then after I am done it doesn’t seem so bad. You can always re-scale midway through if you aren’t making progress but trying new movements and things that scare you is just part of the fun.

Tell us your most memorable moment,wod,etc. at Centex?

The most memorable was probably my first Rx wod, which happened to be Karen (150 wall balls). It took me forever, but I thought it was kind of fitting that my first Rx wod has my name on it.

Have you met any goals since starting crossfit? What future goals do you have?

I finally got double unders this year. In the future, I would like to be able to do enough double unders reliably to do them in a workout, and also to be able to do kipping pull ups.

Give a favorite quote or encouraging word.

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien