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Brian, Lisa, William and Emma. They are all into CrossFit. Eventually, they both agreed but not without a little challenge thrown back at me. So they agreed to a story, if I agreed to give the hydrofoil a go! It did not go so well! It was a beautiful Friday afternoon, and it felt great to be outside and on a boat. It quickly became apparent to me that Lisa is an oak tree while Brian is the willow, the one that flows. Like every couple, they are both different, but when it comes to raising their children, it was clear that they are in lock step with their parenting and are focused on raising healthy, respectable children.
Peeling back the onion, as they say, Brian grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota called Lonsdale, a suburb of New Prague. He was the youngest, and his older sister had moved out a couple years earlier. Having gone through a very similar situation, I can really relate as my parents divorced a couple weeks after I graduated high school. Like in most small towns, kids play all sports all year round. Brian played them all, including hockey. Brian came from humble beginnings where there were no free rides. He had to find a way to fund college and support himself, which he did through an ROTC program.
Lisa, on the other hand, was raised in a military family. Her grandfather, father, and uncles all served. Her brother attended West Point, the most prestigious war college in the USA, and he encouraged Lisa to follow in his footsteps.
She earned a degree in Comparative Politics with a Nuclear Engineering minor. Leading up to college, Lisa lived in 6 different locations. She was in Germany the longest, living there for a total of In total, she has lived in 10 different cities! She has now lived in Minnesota the longest of any location, residing here for 12 years.
Amongst all the moving around, Lisa excelled at swimming. She spent most of her time as a competitive swimmer, and she is certainly competitive! Lisa excels at everything she does. Two people from different worlds collided when they both were deployed to Kosovo. They had met in Kosovo, but sparks started to fly when they were skiing in Austria. Lisa had been flirting with an Austrian ski instructor, aling to Brian that he needed to make his move, which he did and the rest is history. Both Brian and Lisa have incredible backgrounds in military and civilian life.
Brian is a manager at Medtronic as well as Lt. Lisa also worked at Medtronic, and recently left there to retire, she is only in her mid 40s! Brian and Lisa exude quiet strength, humility and calm resolve. They both are exemplary people with a solid foundation of purpose and values.
I really enjoyed my afternoon with them. We switched gears after a couple of hours and got busy with the hydrofoil. Lisa went first, jumping in the water. She did not even get her hair wet! She got up on the hydrofoil and surfed without crashing, making it look SO easy. Then I was next. Brian whipped out some tools, adjusting the foils that hang down about 2. I got up several times but could not make it more than 50 yards without a crash! Then their son Will showed up! A lacrosse player, he is highly skilled and athletic. Watching him on the hydrofoil, though, I think he has a solid fall back option!
He surfed behind the boat without a rope pulling him, just surfing the wave. I watched as he dropped the rope, surfed, then later went back and picked it up! Brian and Will are definitely more into CrossFit than Lisa. They have been there longer, at least. She said their daughter Emma, 12, likes to read and paint, so doing CrossFit has helped get her moving and active.
She said Emma makes it a point to plan her activities around our Summer Athlete Program schedule. Coincidently, I met Emma in the gym a few days after going on the boat. She is by far the most mature 12 year old I have met! She radiated with confidence and was all smiles. Lisa continued to share how Will has fallen in love with CrossFit also. Will is a pretty tough 14 year old, so I imagine he is chirping Brian about beating him in workouts all the time!
What they have discovered is fitness and community unlike anything they have experienced before. Most importantly, they recognize the positive impact that SISU has had on their family, and that is what is most important. I appreciate the time you spent with me! July 28, Blog , Community , Featured Athletes.
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