I grew up playing hockey in Wisconsin. When I didn't make the varsity team during my junior year, I went out for track and cross country. I had a knack for running and ran competitively throughout the rest of high school and did okay at the State Championships. I went onto run in college at the middle distance (400, 800, 1500m) and clocked a 4:11 mile - pretty proud of that one.
Fun fact: I walked onto a D1 track program after not running at all for two years, only to quit after one season because I was offered a professional contract with Los Angeles Infamous, a professional paintball team (yes, it's a thing). I played pro paintball for several years and, as goofy as it sounds, it was one hell of an experience.
I've always considered myself a cyclist so when I "retired" from paintball after college, I went after a pro license in cycling. It's not as easy to get a pro contract in cycling so I never made it to the top level, but I raced pretty competitively in Wisconsin and Colorado. I worked out at several Crossfit style gyms over the years to keep myself from getting too skinny while biking.
When my wife and I moved to Dallas in February, I decided to hang up the bike shoes for a bit and hit the gym consistently - that's when I found Social Mechanics!
FAVORITE MOVEMENT IN A WORKOUT
I really like power cleans. It's a more complex movement and I enjoy trying to perfect the technique. I usually can't lift the heavy stuff but I feel I can toss around some decent weight when it comes to more technical movements.
WORDS TO LIVE BY
"If you ain't first, you're last" Nah, honestly, I don't really have a mantra or favorite quote, I'm pretty lame when it comes to that stuff. If I did have one, it would probably be something really zen-like.
WHAT FITNESS GOALS ARE YOU CURRENTLY PURSUING?
I always want to get better and faster in the gym but recently I've wanted to use my fitness and compete outside the gym. I'm signed up for the Spartan Race in October and I'm pretty excited to see what the obstacle race scene is all about. I also plan to race Cyclocross here in Dallas during the cooler months. If you watched the Crossfit Games this year, you kinda have an idea of what Cyclocross is - it's basically an all out bike effort for 45-60 minutes on a course, usually a mix of grass and pavement, with obstacles tossed in like sand pits and barriers. It's brutal but lots of fun, and beer never tastes better than after a cyclocross battle.
FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL
Every day is a cheat meal in the Brown household. It's actually getting pretty bad. My wife and I even decided to go vegetarian a few months ago, but somehow that just helped us justify walking down to Steel City Pops every other night - no meat in popsicles! We have a problem.