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Q&A with The Cave’s Masters Athletes!

karen-and-martinThis coming weekend, The Cave has 5 athletes competing in the CrossFit Open Masters Competition.  Masters competitors who finished in the top 200 worldwide in their age divisions in the Open are invited to compete in the Masters Qualifier. The Masters Qualifier runs from April 17-21.  At 5 p.m. PT on April 17, four workouts will be released. Competitors will have four days to complete the workouts and submit scores. Our Cave CrossFit competitors are Karen LeFurgy, Rich LeFurgy, Martin Hoe, Mark Anderson, and Bill Berry.  These are amazing athletes that work hard and represent The Cave well.  This is a great opportunity for all of us and The Cave’s greater community to rally around them and cheer them on!  I asked them all a few questions so we could have the opportunity to get to know them better.
How many years have you been doing CrossFit?
I’m not really sure how many years I’ve been doing CrossFit because when I first started I was a reluctant junkie. While I came in and did morning workouts, I also was racing to the Bay Club to finish a kickboxing class or continued running three laps around the marsh mile following class. Only when I relinquished myself to Roger because I wasn’t getting better or stronger and was gaining weight did I truly start CrossFit. He challenged my stubborn side to truly follow the program and I have for at least three and half years.
Why did you start?
I didn’t want to start CrossFit. I wasn’t really looking for a program. I was very happy with the TV over the elliptical, my women’s classes at the Bay Club, running, hiking with the dogs and yoga etc.  But, Rich
The family that CrossFits together sweats together...

The family that CrossFits together sweats together...


had started and suffered an Achilles injury on his right foot. He couldn’t drive. After surgery, while he was recovering, he was dedicated to coming into the gym. I was his driver, I peered in and soon began foundations.

What motivates you to keep going?
Everything about the gym motivates me — the people, the workouts, the process. I would say the balance it provides my life.  But it’s kinda taking the lion’s share of focus right now, luckily my family gets it. Competing as a team hands down motivates me almost as much and trying to keep up with my husband! It is actually my favorite thing to do inside or out of the gym. Considering that, I’d have to say Ashley Martin and Mark motivate me.
What is your favorite CF move?
A clean is hands down my fave for many reasons. First, it’s fast and fun.  But years ago when I first started, heavy weight and poor form lead to an injury and I ripped a tendon in my wrist. I love the fact that we can all come back stronger and I think about that every time I perform a clean.
When was your first competition?
After the first time I competed, I woke up the next morning filled with so much gratitude ’cause you don’t get here on your own. Last year when Martin and I entered a partner competition, we had no idea what we were getting into and to top it off, it was at Diablo CrossFit so we knew their home court bad-asses would be there. We had no idea we would make it to the podium. There are just so many people helping you along the way. It’s never all about you.
Is there a workout/CF move you are hoping not to see next weekend?
I’m a complete dork with heights and skill work.  So I don’t want to see muscle ups, rope climbs etc.
How many years have you been doing CrossFit? Five years this month.
Why did you start? The efficiency and challenge of the workouts.  I heard about it from an ultra-marathoner who suggested it, looked up CrossFit in Marin and called to schedule some introduction classes.
What motivates you to keep going? I like the results, the challenge to keep getting better and the purity of the methodology and the movements.
What is your favorite CF move? cleans
Did you play any other sports? High School football and track
Favorite quote? “My girl is stronger than you.” (Best quote EVER!)
Is there a workout/CF move you are hoping not to see next weekend? Not going to go there.
Martin and Mark cycling box jumps

Martin and Mark cycling box jumps


Martin Hoe:
How many years have you been doing CrossFit? Why did you start? I started in my backyard in January 2008, after being inspired by a friend at a Christmas party who said to me, “You look a little chubby, you need to get some exercise”.
What is your favorite CF move? Leaving.
Did you play any other sports? I wanted to play team sports in school but no-one would pick me, so as an adult I have, at various times, been fanatical about mountain biking, snowboarding and surfing.
Favorite quote: “Two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” — Albert Einstein
Is there a workout/CF move you are hoping not to see next weekend?
Handstand walk
Mark Anderson:
How many years have you been doing CrossFit? Five years
Why did you start? I was looking for a more efficient and effective approach to training.  I discovered XFIT through a friend in Santa Cruz. I was addicted after my first session with Roger.
What motivates you to keep going? The never ending mental and physical challenges.
What is your favorite CF move? Muscle up
Do you play any other sports? I do play and coach ice hockey.
Favorite quote? Keeping it close to home:  ” Just be stronger and faster.”  — Coach Bo
Is there a workout/CF move you are hoping not to see next weekend? Heavy snatch
How many years have you been doing CrossFit?
I began CrossFit 71/2 years ago.
Why did you start?
Bill going for a max.

Bill going for a max.


I began CrossFit because I was beginning to feel old and I was either going to work at getting fit or fat.  I wanted to be able to play with my grandchildren as I grew older and did not want to be exhausted after only being with them a few minutes.  I also wanted to be able to go out with my children and be active with them and not be worn out after a short while.  Last September I saw all this fulfilled when we went to Outer Banks, North Carolina and I was able to play in the ocean with my children and grandchildren for as long as any of them wanted to be there.
What motivates you to keep going?
There are several reasons I keep going.  The results I have experienced are a key motivation.  My physical life has changed radically as a result of CrossFit.  I have also found a place to compete on a regular basis with myself and others along with preparing for the Games.  I had let this part of my life die as far as athletic endeavors.  The final reason is I love the people.  My greatest desire is for the people to know I love them as Christ has loved me.
What is your favorite CF move? My favorites are the Olympic lifts, clean and snatch.
Did you play any other sports? Throughout my growing up years I played baseball and basketball and this continued through high school.  I played some tennis in my 30’s.  Both snow skied and water skied for a good portion of my adult life as well.
Favorite quote? Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. The Apostle Paul (Philippians 2:3-8)
Is there a workout/CF move you are hoping not to see next weekend?
There are too many to name, but if I have to choose on it would be “toes to bar.”
I’ve had the delight of working out with these athletes, even being coached by one.  I hope you’ll all join me this weekend cheering them on!

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