Carrie Veatch arrived in Hanoi in June of 2018 without any Crossfit experience. She wasn't sure how long she would be staying in the city, but wanted to give us a try. She started Crossfit in the same way she does everything: with 100% intensity, focus, and positivity. Carrie has spent the last year setting goals and crushing them. She challenges herself daily in her physical fitness as well as her mental tenacity. And just 6 months into her Crossfit career, she decided to take on a competition. Carrie is the first person to say hello to a new face at the box; she invites drop-ins to social gatherings, and wants every person (member or not) to feel welcome, respected and challenged. It's been a year and Carrie does not have any plans of slowing down (or leaving Hanoi!). Let's get to know her a bit better.
What does CFTH mean to you?
CFTH has become a community that I’m so proud to be a part of. From the time I randomly dropped in traveling a year ago to deciding to stay longer in Hanoi, the people are what makes the box so unique! Training alongside a community of people allows me to push my mental and physical limits daily. I love walking into the box each day, seeing familiar faces, and also welcoming new faces into our community. My time in Hanoi has absolutely been shaped for the better because of the community of CFTH!
How long have you been doing Crossfit/how long at CFTH?
1 year of Crossfit - Started in Hanoi!
Favorite movement/WOD and why?
Clean and jerk recently has become my favorite lift. It is challenging for me, but gives me something to work on.
Something positive Crossfit has taught you?
Sports, and now Crossfit, have taught me to prioritize surrounding myself with people that encourage me, push my limits, and remind me that I'm stronger than I think.
Any advice for someone just starting?
Don’t overthink it. Just show up. Work hard and know you are stronger than you think!
How long have you been in Hanoi?
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of Crossfit)?
I would say people watch. Never gets old watching scooters.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
Anything I can find that is gluten free. Pho or tacos :)