Bon Voyage to the Hollywoods!
Interview by Jaimie Bougie
Jaimie: You guys have been members of Invictus since the very beginning – why do you have to leave us?!?!
Nancy: Orders are orders. Like the rest of your military clientele, eventually, we get called to another duty station. While I am excited to go back to DC, one of the biggest “cons” about leaving San Diego for me is Crossfit Invictus and the community. When we got to San Diego in late 2008, Jim was already an avid Crossfitter, and I wanted him to join a Crossfit affiliate before I left on deployment. He was familiar with CJ and a few others and followed them to Invictus. When I got back from deployment, the Invictus team immediately embraced me as a member of the family. It’s going to be hard to let go of something so good!!!!!
Jim: Just as Nancy stated, we got a new set of marching orders. Plus I am retiring from the Navy after 24 years and looking forward to a new start, so the move to DC is bitter sweet. I have been a member of Invictus since almost the beginning. I will miss the comraderie, competition, and friendships I have made. I hope to find a place that comes somewhat close to Invictus.
Jaimie: What life lessons have you learned from the Lumleys? (From Coach Nichole)
Nancy: Life lessons from the Lumleys? Simple — confirmation that you only get better as you age!!! Seriously, the Lumleys have been great friends the past 3 years, even though we don’t see them too often outside of Invictus — we connect because of Invictus.
Jim: Barry and Cynthia have been workout partners from the beginning. They are great people. They have a good attitude and we get along. Barry hits the workout hard even with bad knees. In addition, he is a retired Navy Chief so we immediately bonded. Cynthia makes her own workouts some days. And I like to harass her and give her a hard time whenever possible. This is an example of what Invictus is.
Jaimie: Have you decided which Crossfit you will call home once you move to DC?
Jim: We have looked at which CF gyms are close to the house but have not gone to any yet. I plan on going to the free weekend class to get a feel for the gym. It will be very hard to find one as complete as Invictus.
Nancy: This is like trying to find the right “hairdresser” – women will understand what I mean about that! Even though I’ve been in DC for a couple of weeks already, I haven’t been able to force myself to go without Jim — I need my wingman!
Jaimie: Which music station in the mornings did you love working out to? (From Coach Nuno)
Jim: I am not exactly sure of the station name but something along the lines of Death Metal, Power Metal or Workout Rock, George would know he used to dial it in for me at 0600 class.
Nancy: I like most that Jim listed, but also liked to hear the 80s too!
Jaimie: What is your favorite warm up exercise and what was your favorite workout? (From Coach Nuno)
Jim: My favorite warm-up is the reverse power skip… NOT! I like the reverse lung with a twist. It really gets me to stretch my hips. I also enjoy stretching with the band assist. For the workout, I like Annie and Grace because they are over rather quickly. The one I do not like was the 12 days of X-mas that took me 2 plus hours to finish.
Nancy: Spiderman crawls — I used to hate them, but after Tough Mudder, I found out how helpful it was to be able to move low to the ground crawling under something! Favorite workout: Too many to name!
(Please join us on Saturday, November 3 to send Jim and Nancy off. The workout will be “The Chief” in honor of these Navy chiefs.)