Ahhhh, the mystery man of Mike Rae! An incredible driven and competitive individual. Mike leaves nothing on the floor and takes himself to the limit almost every time the 3-2-1-GO! is said. Mike has been an incredible display of focus and determination for our gym and might be the overall winner of the mystery man title!
Lover of animals, good wine, good workout highs and forging his own trails through the woods…not a lover or adopter of IT, in fact someone might have to print and snail mail this article to him. Loving husband, police officer and proud dog owner, get to know a bit of Mike below:
(Author side note: I had the pleasure of partnering with Mike at the Spring Fling back in May. He was an incredible partner who pushed me on those damn burpees to the limit. I should have heeded the warning in training when he suggested “we should try to go hard enough to throw up today”….that just might be Mike Rae in a nutshell!)
1.What do you do for a living?
Constable with the Charlottetown Police Department
2. How did you get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I started CrossFitting back in 2008 with Mike C on our own. I heard about CrossFit through the ERT (Emergency Response Team) with work. I used to repeat workouts trying to better our times over and over again, but may have steered away from the more complex movements.
3. What are some of your goals in doing CrossFit?
I would like to do the 2016 Open in the Rx category. Also looking to do a few more competitions as life allows. Looking forward to competing in the Island Throwdown next month.
4. Biggest challenges and rewards of coming to the gym?
Getting to the gym and coming to town is the toughest part. Working shiftwork makes it tough to keep a regular schedule and I really don’t like coming to town on my off days.
Compared to doing CrossFit on my own, being in a gym/community setting exposes me to more. More movements I may otherwise neglect, I get to watch other’s form and technique, get to hear from various coaches and see how people tackle workouts.
5. Any results you would care to share?
I finally got some overhead squats!
I was able to compete in a few regional competitions, including Festivus as an individual, Spring Fling in a partner comp and in the World Police Games as part of a team. I also feel stronger out running.
6. Favorite workout or movement?
Helen! My favorite things are running, kettlebell swings and pullups, so Helen fits that to a tee!
7. Least favorite workout or movement?
Rowing and heavy Olympic lifts.
8. Favorite music/song to CF to?
usually a bit heavier and louder than is on at the gym;)
9. Anything else you would like to add?
well, I think I am a man of very few words, so I will leave it at that!