Ashleigh Moe: A lesson in longevity
Ashleigh Moe was doing CrossFit when nobody knew what CrossFit was.
The teacher from Washington has watched her sport grow from the days when the CrossFit Games were participatory, into the legitimate, world-class sport it is today.
And in the last decade, Moe has managed to do what only a handful of other CrossFit athletes have: Stay relevant as a competitor.
She first competed at the CrossFit Games as an individual in 2011, and then again in 2013. Since then, Moe has been part of the perennial powerhouse CrossFit Marysville, who has qualified to the Games every year since 2014.
Moe, whose going to compete in both the individual and the team competition at the upcoming Cascade Classic, opened up about what keeps her motivated to continue to train at the level she does year after year.
“Yes, I have been competing FOREVER. I feel like I am a grandma in this sport,” she began. “I think my students, functional fitness, and that never ending drive to better myself is my motivation. I always want to be better. My team really motivates me. I want to push to be the best team member for them, physically and mentally.”
Though fitness is fitness, so much has changed when it comes to competition since 2010, she explained.
“Competing is so different now. It is a sport, a lifestyle, an all-encompassing way of thinking throughout each day. I used to be able to just show up at a competition eating a bag of Swedish fish prior to working out. Now, all nutritional choices, sleep choices, social choices have to be considered,” she said.
And, of course, there are things like drug testing these days, which was the demise of her team this past season when one of their male athletes failed the drug test at the West Regional competition when he tested positive for the Selective Androgen Receptor Module (SARM) astatine.
As a result, Marysville was disqualified from competing at the CrossFit Games this summer, which Moe describes as devastating.
“It was completely mind blowing, shocking and devastating. It was supposed to be our last year competing together, and, of course, you never want to go out like that,” she said.
She was so devastated she wasn’t even able to watch the event online.
“My husband was super supportive, as he always has been, and took us away to Mexico for the weekend to be off social media. I didn’t, and still haven’t, watched the Games. It definitely was a void in my life this summer.”
As a result, you might see Moe and her team again at the West Regionals in 2018, aiming for another Games qualification.
“I want to finish what we didn’t get to do this year. I want one more trip back to the Games with the team. So much hard work and time that was not able to show. I’m going to train like an individual, and if there’s a tam then I’m going team,” she said.