Jacy Dyer: October 2015 Athlete of the Month

October 2015: The Swimmer

She has traded in her goggles for some wrist wraps and lifting shoes…but the PR’s have never stopped!

jacyMeet Jacy!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.) My name is Jacy Dyer, I am 26 years old and I graduated in 2011 from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in psychology. I am currently the assistant swim coach at James Madison University. I was a competitive swimmer for 19 years and officially retired in 2012.

How long have you been doing crossfit? I have been doing crossfit for a little over a year now.

When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die) I can’t remember the specific workout, but it was 5 rounds of 3 movements with rowing, thrusters (I think), and something else. Your score was the slowest time of the 5 rounds. After round 3, I honestly didn’t think I would be able to finish. Also, if you were there Friday night for 15.5 in the Open to see me do that… I’d say that was a pretty rough one for me as well

What are your favorite crossfit movements? Rowing, Box Jumps, Clean and Jerks, and Snatches

What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door? Handstand Pushups and running

What are your goals? My main goal is to keep having fun and not to shy away from my process goals (like erasing them from the white board just because I wasn’t sure if I could reach them that month… sorry Lauren!). I would also like to do a competition one day.

What motivates you to continue coming back? Absolutely 100% the people. Everyone is so encouraging and fun to be around. It is so fun to watch people reach their goals or try something they’ve never done in a workout.

What’s your favorite cheat meal? Probably Grilled Cheese Mania, Burgers, Beer and Wine.. Actually pretty much everything I eat regularly would be considered a cheat meal I think haha I love all food… makes diets pretty rough

In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit? After I retired from swimming, it was so difficult for me to find something competitive, fun, and something that had people to hold me accountable. After swimming since I was 4 years old, I really wanted that family/team- like atmosphere. It was difficult not being a part of something anymore. The Rock has been that and so much more. Everyone from day 1 was so supportive. I used to want to try to make a comeback in swimming, but being at The Rock and with these people has made me realize it’s ok to move on and be proud of what I’ve done and look forward to my future and whatever that holds.

Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc) I was so skeptical of crossfit because of everything I had heard about it. The coaches really helped me see that crossfit can be safe if you do it properly. I had never done anything like this before in my life, so I really appreciate all the time, effort and patience they had working on form with me and when they tell me to do more than I think I can in a workout. I still have a long way to go, but the support from the coaches and everyone I am lucky enough to workout with, really makes crossfit a ‘healthy obsession’ for me.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff: Most swimmers are known for their endurance…Jacy Dyer will be known for slinging around a heavy barbell.  Lauren put it best when she said Jacy is the most patient athlete we’ve ever had in the gym.  She shared a story of Jacy finishing a workout with pullups (using a band) and while when most are tired they may use a little swing to get that chin over the bar those last few reps.  Lauren had previously told Jacy that the only way for her to get stronger was to not use a “kip” in the band…and while the class was cheering her on they yelled “use your legs!” but Jacy stayed the course, finished using the strict motion and today she is reaping the benefits of doing the dirty work of staying patient from day 1.  Jacy is one of our 9am regulars and its been great to see her settle into the area the past year, if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing her in class she may not say much but lets her barbell do the talking.  In the past few weeks Jacy has PR’d both her snatch (#130 was the last I heard?) and her clean.  Jacy…you are a great athlete and an even better ambassador.  We are so glad you have made Rocktown your home and we can’t wait to see whats next.  Keep up the good work!