Member Spotlight – Vinnie Burke
You know that guy who blasts past you in any run or bike workout? That’s Vinnie.
Vinnie Burke has been at CFVB for one year. He is an accomplished endurance athlete, but didn’t have much experience with functional fitness. Many long-distance athletes like him have come in, but they were easily deterred when they were up against our particular physical challenges. Not so with Vinnie. He’s really worked hard to learn better movement, he takes Vero Barbell sessions and works on his mobility. He truly puts his ego aside and wants to get things done right. He is also very interested in the mental aspects of sport and what it takes to “stay in the game”. Vinnie has registered for the Open and we are excited to help him develop to the next level!
More on The Vin Man…
Occupation: Utilities Director, Indian River County
Family: Wife, Lucie; Daughter, Valerie (18); Son, Michael (17); Cats, Tiger & Stripe
Without the support of my great family, I would not be able to do what I do. A big thanks to them for allowing me to pursue my athletic endeavors 🙂
Favorite CrossFit movement or workout: I seem to do ok without any weights! I have a love/hate relationship with thrusters. One minute “as fast and hard as you can” on the assault bike usually ruins me for a good 24 hours 🙂
Favorite cheat meal: I’m 100% paleo, 50% of the time. On those other occasions, I may enjoy some pasta or 5-Guys. I really don’t have a specific cheat meal per say. I have been known to devour a pint of Haagen-daz mint chip ice cream in a single sitting.
Hobbies: 9 years ago, I got into a bad motorcycle accident. Since that time, I began doing triathlons and some longer-distance races. It has changed my life and allowed me to meet some fantastic people and to see parts of the US I would not go to otherwise. Some of my memorable endurance events:
- 2009 Escape from Alcatraz, CA: Swam from the Rock followed by a nice little bike & run. http://www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com
- 2010 Ironman Florida: 1st ever 140.6 distance race. Finished 9h35min. Missed Kona qualifying by 17 minutes but PR’d my marathon
- 2012 Leadville 100 MTB race, CO (10,000′ elevation @ start) 9h05min http://www.leadvilleraceseries.com/mtb/leadvilletrail100mtb/
- 2012 Survival of Shawngunks, NY: Bike 30mi, Run 4.5mi, swim 1.1mi, Run 5.5mi, swim .5mi, run 8mi, swim .5mi, climb .7mi. Best race ever with the most fantastic scenery.http://sostriathlon.com. Finished 15th OA
- 2012 Melbourne Marathon,FL. 3h13min. Qualified for Boston Marathon.
- 2013 Leadman Tri, Bend OR: 5K swim, 223K bike, 22K run http://runoregonblog.com/2014/03/11/leadman-tri-bend-posts-course-maps/
- 2015 St. Anthony’s tri, FL: With little to no tri training, did a PR using Crossfit.
- 2015 Brec Epic, CO: 6 days of hellaciously difficult mountain bike riding in the thin air. http://breckepic.com
I also love to downhill ski. I played college hockey for four years and may go back to that if my CrossFit career doesn’t take off.
Little known fact(s) about you: I grew up with nine kids in my family. Seven were adopted (3 Koreans, 1 Iranian, 1 Vietnamese, 2 domestics)…a melting pot of ethnicity at the dinner table each night! I am also a decent cook and my Greek mother-in-law has taught me how to make a mean baklava & spanikopita.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANS!
Workout of the Day
10-15 minutes Snatch Tech work
CrossFit Games Open Workout 12.2
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 Snatch 75/45; Masters 55+ 45/35
30 Snatch 135/75; Masters 75/55
30 Snatch 165/100; Masters 55+ 100/75
As many reps as possible Snatch 210/120; Masters 55+ 120/90
*Partner up to count/judge
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