The Ride I Call Life

The Ride I Call Life

This is my first of many blog posts that are to come. I want to thank you guys for taking the time to visit my site and wanting to stick along for this ride I call life.

This is my first of many blog posts that are to come. I want to thank you guys for taking the time to visit my site and wanting to stick along for this ride I call life.
Many of you have probably been following for some time now and are well aware of where I started and why. I have been a crossfit athlete for around 2 years now and it has been one hell of a journey. Back in February I was introduced to an incredible individual by the name of Scott Danberg.

Scott is a five-time medalist for the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team. My good friend Natalie Bieule, U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team member, was finally able to convince me to try something new and find my calling in the Paralympics. We set a date to meet at Natalie’s house and have me join in on her practice routine with Scott. After a few hours, I was blown away and had my mind set that this is what I wanted.

Scott and I soon got to talking and found that the only throwing sport offered in my class at that time was the javelin. I kept an open mind and headed to my first practice a few weeks later. I was in love with the sport. Throwing a javelin is far from crossfit, but it is because of crossfit that I am able to throw in the first place. It’s as if crossfit was a part of my life to help mold my body to where it needed to be for this sport. I had the height, I had the strength and I had the discipline of knowing that form is above all else.

Scott’s belief in me only helped the fire inside of me grow even more. He never failed to tell everyone that he knew in his heart that I would be on the podium one day. We met twice a week at the Florida Atlantic University track and field and I practiced every other day of the week on my own.

I was allowed to do crossfit twice a week to keep the hay in the barn, as Scott would say. That soon turned into one day of crossfit and one day of Olympic lifts after throwing. I was on a strict training program and loved every minute of it. In April I headed to our practice grounds to participate in a solo competition where Scott would judge and measure my throws to see how far we had come.

His goal for me since the start had been 18 meters and I left that field with a 19-meter mark. For me, that was a day that I am still extremely proud of and it was the start to bigger goals from then on.

Krystal Cantu

Krystal Cantu