Meet a Root December 29 2011
21-15-9 reps for time of:
135 pound Clean
Meet a Root – Paul Sommer
1. Months CrossFitting?
2. Favorite WOD or lift (pick one)?
Anything with double-unders included. It’s the only way for me to put decent times up on the board on METCON days. I like the rowing workouts a lot too.
3. Least favorite WOD or lift (pick one)?
Anything with a friggin’ clean movement required. I just can’t seem to fire on Zack’s “SHRUG!” command.
4. What do you do for work? (career)
Technical Director, Sales and Supporting Services at JNBridge, LLC (1 of 4 equity owners). JNBridge sells products that solve low level software interoperability problems between Microsoft’s .NET and Oracle’s Java/JEE development frameworks. It’s the sort of thing my parents just can’t understand. To this day they still don’t know what the hell it is I do. Oh well.
5. What is your favorite thing about CrossFit?
The amazing people, of course. The coaching staff and overall root crew are exceptional folks. I also greatly enjoy the team aspect of the WODs and the simplicity of it all. The beater building is a plus too.
6. What is your least favorite thing about CrossFit?
Torn up hands. Seems like no matter what I do, my hands tear. Oh wait, that’s right…it’s usually after at least 50 pull-ups. What should I expect? Regardless, it still bums me out.
7. Do you have any goals in CrossFit? Anything specific you want to accomplish? (muscle up, pull-up, handstand push up, body-weight squat)
Fran in under 10 mins (without tearing my hands). A 300 lb. Dead lift. To develop a more controlled handstand. Of course a more consistent muscle-up would also be nice. It’s all within reach this year, so I’m stoked!
8. When you’re not CrossFitting, what activities keep you busy?
When not being a Dad, currently my primary hobby / obsession is playing mandolin both individually and in bluegrass bands. I can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s like CF — the more one throws down, the more positive energy that flows back. I love it.
I also have a passion for fly fishing and probably more importantly to me, boats. I’ve built hundreds of sea and white water racing slalom boats (was my “profession” at one time). The bigger boat in the picture was built over three years in my driveway while my baby daughter napped. I’d have the baby monitor going. You get the picture. The shot was actually taken a couple years ago up on the Green going through the Red Creek rapids. I was freaking out, but made it cleanly through. Oooo Ahhh…
9. Where were you born/raised?
SE Denver back when there were a lot of dirt roads and people said, “hello”. I was driving my brother’s Land Cruiser at age 12 and generally having a great time exploring our surroundings. My parents had no idea how far we’d roam. I still marvel at the freedoms we had back then.
10. Married, kids, family?
Yep, the whole enchilada — 1 girl, 1 boy, rodents, cat, etc. Being a family man is awesome.
11. How do you make CrossFit a part of your weekly schedule?
By committing to it on my calendar so the time is locked in. I have some good flexibility in my schedule too since our company is so small. What works well for me is to get in early, work a few hours and then hit the 9 AM class. It’s a great way to break up the mornings and then I can go swim, ride, row, hike or jam on the mando over the lunch hour. Love it…
12. Any favorite stories from Roots or a group class? Funny, comical, happy, cool?….
One incident that always cracks me up when I think about it was a year or so ago when we were doing one of the all-out 500m x 5 rowing efforts in teams. I’m always falling out of the sculling boats over at the res, but Jason Emmanuel showed me that it can also happen in the shop.
He was raging hard on the urg going for gold when all of a sudden a foot rips out of one of his shoes. How? No idea. The empty shoe actually stayed behind in the foot lock which put him into a sort of flat spin on the seat with the free leg ripping through the air. Next thing I know he’s bounced off the rear bumpers that keep the seat from shooting off the end of the track and is now headed full speed back to the catch position. When the ensuing bewilderment subsided, he’s sittin’ there on the floor with one foot still hooked into the urg and a looking up at me as to say “what the hell?!” Classic…
12. Anything you’d like to add?
Sure, just a big ol’ thanks to each and every one of you guys for contributing to Roots in such a positive way. I’m really enjoying all of it while I can because as they say, “nothing lasts forever”.