Lynnie Oetken Fihe

Nurse (pre-op and recovery)

Favorite movies:
Princess Bride, A Knight’s Tale, Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter movies

Favorite TV shows:
Friends, The Goldbergs, Blackish, Scandal, The Walking Dead

When did you join DCCF?
I joined DCCF in October, 2011 (I think!)

What sort of changes have you seen since starting?
I feel like I have spent my entire life chasing the dream of having the perfect slim, athletic body. Over the past 30 years I have tried many different workouts and different diets trying to achieve the dream. I’d do really well for awhile and then quit. P90X probably gave me the best results but it was so time consuming! Running, aerobics, Insanity…..I’ve tried it all. I decided to join DCCF after hearing my cousin Slater talk about how great it was and I was ready to try something new. I was super scared when I came to my first 8am class, especially after noticing that I was 15-25 years older than most people in the class! I quickly realized that there was no reason to be nervous. Everybody was so welcoming and encouraging and soon I was hooked! And the 8 am class rocks!! So many of us have been coming to that class for a long time and it seems like family. I never feel intimidated or feel like a loser because I can’t do something someone else can do. I just do what I can do and everybody’s good with that.

What I have noticed the most since starting DCCF four years ago, besides a lot more muscle, is the attitude that I have about my body now. My goal these days is to be strong, healthy, and injury free (unfortunately injury free doesn’t always happen!). I no longer get on the scale every morning and obsess about my weight because it just doesn’t matter. Instead I just try to eat clean as much as I can and show up to the gym 3-4 days a week. At 51 yrs old, my health is my main focus now. So many of my friends are starting to have significant health problems because they don’t take care of themselves. I want to steer clear of that for as long as I can!

Tell us about one of your goals for 2015 or 2016:
My boyfriend and I go to St. John, Virgin Islands every February. The day we were leaving last year there was an annual run going on, 8 Tuff Miles. As we were getting ready to catch the ferry to leave we saw the runners starting to come in. I decided then that I really wanted to run that race so this year we are going to stay an extra day so I can run. It will be brutal, 4 miles uphill and 4 miles down. I haven’t run that far since I ran the mini marathon in 2005 and right now I have a knee injury so I can’t train very well 🙁

February’s still a long time off, right????

Did you have any athletic role models when you were younger?
My dad was a marathoner and an ultra marathoner. I was always really impressed with his ability to do that. He would come home with ice sickles on his nose after running 20 miles in the cold. I started running in high school hoping to be like him but running never came easily to me. I really have to force it!

Give us some background on your history with sports:
I played field hockey and ran track in high school but I wasn’t very good at either sport. I was better at long distance running so I’ve run the mini-marathon and all the races leading up to it several times. My body rebels against those long runs any more though!

What are your hobbies, interests or talents outside of CrossFit?
I think I’m a pretty good nurse and I make a great guacamole!

Favorite thing you’ve done or seen in 2015?
My boyfriend and I have decided that since we are in our 50’s and in good health, we need to travel as much as we can. We really love music fests so that’s been our new thing. In May we drove to Gulf Shores for the Hang Out Fest on the beach and in September we flew to San Diego for a new music fest called KaaBoo. So much fun!!

Any upcoming trips you’re looking forward to taking?
The Virgin Islands in February and I’m thinking of taking my kids to Europe in the summer, before my daughter goes off to college.

Tell us something interesting or surprising about yourself:
My late husband and I adopted our 2 children and I was in the delivery room each time. Adoption is a great option!! Unfortunately, my husband passed away when the kids were young and didn’t get to watch them grow up. Another important reason for me to stay healthy and fit 🙂