Member of the Month - December 2018!
Meet Rudy Alvey
Thanks for letting me be the member of the month.
A little bit about myself- I am an emergency medicine physician and have been practicing medicine for about 13 years now (yikes!). I am married and met my wife in medical school 17 years ago. We have 3 little kiddos, ages 6, 8 and 10. I am a native Minnesotan having grown up in Edina, but moved away when I was 15. I spent a lifetime in school, was in the Navy for 3 years, with my wife. We lived in Guam for 3 years and loved our time there. Our second child was born there.
I was inspired to do CrossFit by my dad, having had no interest in it before that. He started to do CrossFit when he was in his 60s and convinced me to go try it out one day. I thought "how hard could this be?" and I was hooked after my first introductory WOD. I still remember one of my first WODs- the "Filthy Fifty". Not only could I not even finish it, but I had to run to the bathroom and puke half way through! My notes on this workout from Sept., 2014 read "Did not finish double-unders and dry heaved after push press. Also, looked like a pansy doing awful burpees.” That was 4 years ago. I had not stuck to an exercise regimen before this.
Certainly part of the reason is that everyday is something new. But equally inspiring are the people I have met along the way. There are too many of you to name, but I am so grateful for the friends I have made at Tangletown CrossFit. It certainly starts with Teresa and the tone she sets for the gym. Thank you, Teresa!
As for my favorite WODs, any of the hero WODs. To name a few, Hot Shots 19, Bradshaw, and of course, Murph!
Some of you may remember my father when he would come in to town and drop in at the gym and WOD with us at the age of 69. You may also remember him yelling at me during the workout to "quit @#$#ing around" as I am clearly suffering through the workout, much like he did in my sporting days. He was always my biggest cheerleader and I'll never forget his booming voice on the field or in the ice rink. He had a competitive spirit and never allowed us to settle for anything less than our very best. My dad passed away a year ago and was doing CrossFit up until a couple of weeks prior to getting diagnosed with terminal cancer. In honor of him, I have two goals: One, to continue to do CrossFit for years to come, and two, to create a grueling and painful hero WOD in honor of my father. So, if you see a WOD called "Bevan" just remember not to @#$# around, or you might just get called out.
Thanks to Tangletown CrossFit for making such a wonderful community. I feel blessed to be a part of it.