Meet Clay Jones

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 22:00

How long have you been at CF100?

That’s a good question. I don’t know? Two years? It’s been awhile.

What were you doing before this?

Before this I was running and playing basketball, but mostly running. Running and running.

My whole journey is that I played soccer, 8-10 years ago. I ruptured my Achilles. It was a full rupture and I had it surgically repaired. Part of my rehab was running and before that I hated running. I couldn’t stand it. So as part of my rehab — six to eight months — running stuck with me. I started to run more, sign up for some races. I started to really enjoy it. Made a full recovery, and then two months into playing more soccer I fractured my arm and I thought, “What am I doing?”

Soccer was pretty much all I did. I got to a point where had enough playing soccer and I didn’t want to get injured because I was training for races and the last thing you want to do is turn an ankle and then miss a race.

So then for 5-7 years all I did was run. And then I came here.

Has the strength training helped or hindered you in your running?

I think it’s made me slower. I have more upper body weight. Endurance wise, I have more endurance. I don’t run to run fast, I do it because it’s kind of my church. Tune out, stay in the moment. That’s what I try to do here too, I just try to find the zone, get into it, and keep going for the hour.

What’s your favorite kind of CrossFit workout?

I just love the variety. I love that it’s different every day. There are things that are more challenging than others but, honestly, I like it all.

What do you do for work?

I work for Landmark Credit Union. I run their Project Management Office. It’s a growing company. My former boss pulled me over. It’s a lot of IT work, big project delivery. I’m ready to move and ready to rock when I get here.

Tell me a little about your kids:

My oldest, Finn (15), plays volleyball and my youngest, Rowan (11), plays soccer.

Tell me about the cabin that you and your partner, Terri, own:

It’s in western Wisconsin, outside of Viroqua, which is the driftless region. So it’s just a beautiful, hilly area with a lot of reserves. We do a lot of hiking, running. There are a lot of organic farms, Amish people. So we try to take it all in. It’s a very simple lifestyle but it’s all grounded. The cabin is really simple. Not a lot to take care of, just nice to get away.

A friend suggested we visit the area and we just fell in love with it. We found land and figured out a way to do it. We feel pretty fortunate.

You are pretty well known for your jokes in the 6PM class. Why are you so good at Dad Jokes?

See that’s the thing, they weren’t always called “dad jokes,” they were just called really good jokes!

Hmm, okay. Have you always been quick with jokes?

Yeah, I think it’s a family thing. My dad, my brother, we’re all kind of goofy. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse. One of the first books I bought Finn was a joke book. That’s one of the first books I learned how to read. That’s how I’m trying to pass on the craft.

What keeps you coming back to CF100?

It’s great here. I love the diversity. I love that there are lifters, swimmers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners. People that maybe haven’t done much before. There is every corner to get inspiration from.

That’s what I love about CrossFit. It’s hard to be good at everything but there’s something in it for everybody. It’s cool to see people build and grow. That’s actually really important to me, especially as we get a little older. Feeling like you’re doing something you can improve on. If I was just playing soccer my whole life, it would be a steady decline. Same with running, but to change it up every 5-10 years, to have a new challenge, something new to learn and build on. That’s CrossFit.

It’s not competitive for me, I don’t want to compete with people. I’m competitive, but it’s a different kind of competitive — in your head. And that’s where I like to keep CrossFit. It’s very mental and doing well is doing well on form and better than you did last month, it’s not doing better than the person next to you. They’re pushing you and inspiring you but I’m not doing it to one up somebody.

I do it because it’s fun. It’s that simple.