How long have you been doing CrossFit and what motivated you to try it out?
This month makes it 3 years. I had a chance meeting with a friend of mine on the job after a fire. He has always been the strongest person I know as well as one of the smartest. He looked much leaner than has been in prior years and I asked him what he was doing different. Turns out not only was he doing Crossfit but was part owner of a box in Nassau County Long Island. He thought I would like it and he was right. I was a few pounds too heavy, workouts were erratic and understanding that if you do the same things all the time you get the same results, I walked into the then named Crossfit Immortal later that week. Quite happy I did.
What is your one go-to, all time favorite fatty cheat meal?
I love pizza, fried chicken and french fries but who doesn’t? If you forced me to narrow a cheat meal to one thing I’d have to pick the almond croissant at La Tulipe Desserts. Almost burnt, filled with dense almond filling and flaky as heck because of all the butter used. I really have to apologize for the answer to the question. Someone reading is going drive up to Mt Kisco on this recommendation, get addicted and gain 10 pounds. Sorry, not sorry like the kids say today.
What is your all time favorite CrossFit exercise?…and what is your least favorite?
Favorite? Power Clean and Jerk
Least favorite? Jumping rope requires balance, timing and coordination. I have none of the 3.
What is your favorite beer? Favorite spirit? Favorite wine?
You probably gave me this question thinking I’d have an answer for one of the three. For better or worse I have an answer to all 3. . .
Beer? Ithaca Flower Power IPA
Spirit? Basil Hayden Bourbon
Wine? Duckhorn Cab
Tell us something about you that most people don’t know:
Most guys on FDNY have a second job and I’m no different. From 2003-2011 I was what could be best described as semi-professional internet poker player. I’d work a 24 hour shift, go home and log on and play for a few hours. Every July in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker has their big event, a 10k buy in tournament and I was fortunate to play in that a couple of times. The guys at work found this highly amusing. Up to the day I left, I’d go to work in a firehouse that wasn’t my own and someone would say “Oh, you’re the poker player right?” One could be called much worse.
What has been the biggest adjustment since retiring?
This is largely the same Q in my case. It’s much harder than I thought it would be. I’m very much the dog that catches the car, now what? First world problems, I know. But I loved what I did and I’ll find something that motivates me in hopefully a similar way. I’ve always prioritized happiness over money and that’s not going to change now. My youngest starts Kindergarten in 2 years, I won’t be retired for long.
What goal are you currently pursuing (it doesn’t have to be fitness related)?:
Oh, I’m going finish Murph in 2018. . .I guarantee it.