STATE COLLEGE - “It's not a fluke,” says CrossFit athlete Cathie St. Andrews. “I mean, I've been working hard.”
The State College resident is ready for just about any exercise thrown her way.
She has to be as one of just 20 qualifiers worldwide for the CrossFit Games in the 60-and-up masters class.
“I don't think it's really sunk in yet,” St. Andrews says. “It's been a really humbling experience to realize that it's not as easy as it looks when you're sitting in the bleachers.”
It's a journey three years in the making.
Cathie started CrossFit training to regain strength after being hospitalized for pneumonia.
“You don't decide at age 57 to become a competitive athlete,” St. Andrews says.
Since then her commitment to the sport made up of a wide array of surprise exercise tests has skyrocketed.
Right now, she's training about three hours per day, five times a week.
Her coach the whole time is her son Bryan.
“He knows when to push, when to say come on mom, you can do more, and when to back off,” Cathie says of being coached by her son.
“I wouldn't have imagined that this would have been the way that I would have been coaching people at the highest level,” Bryan adds. “It's made it twice as fun that it involves our family.”
Even with the sports' top competition just a month away, the St. Andrews team focuses on the fitness process.
There's simply something satisfying in knowing Cathie's in some of the best shape of her life.
“Everybody that goes has already won,” Bryan says, knowing that the healthy lifestyle is as important as any finish in the competition.
“I'm trying to keep it positive and keep a good attitude,” adds Cathie.