Northeast Regional

Athlete Profile: Heather Keenan Bergeron

Mother and affiliate owner is driven to succeed

Name: Heather Keenan Bergeron
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 131 (or, 120 when Linda comes up)
Affiliate: CrossFit New England
Sectional: New England
Regional: Northeast
Fran: 2:57
Grace: 2:26
Cindy: NA
Fight Gone Bad: 351
Clean & Jerk: 170
Snatch: 130
Deadlift: 285
Back Squat: 230
Pull-ups: 41

What is your athletic background?
I was a competitive cheerleader in high school (the only time I've ever been on ESPN), marathoner/distance runner in college, and got pretty competitive at triathlons the couple years leading up to finding CrossFit. I like tooling around with mountain biking, volleyball, wiffleball, and ping pong.

What is your history with CrossFit?
I came into CrossFit as a middle to long distance triathlete; I was pretty competitive at the Olympic, half-Ironman, and Ironman distances.  By the time I had found CrossFit, in 2007, I was getting sick of how high maintenance triathlons were getting for me: the wetsuit, goggles, cap, cycling shoes, race wheels, awkward cycling shorts, finding daycare for my kids while I trained for hours at a clip.  I just never really looked forward to the training...or, the races for that matter. But, it was one of those situations where I had FINALLY found something I was good at, so I'd rather just suck it up and "be successful" than give up and go back to being average at everything else.

Either CrossFit came along at just the right time, or it was CrossFit that finally made me realize that I wasn’t that into triathlons. The following summer, I competed in my first competition at CrossFit Albany’s 2008 NorthEast Challenge with Tanya Wagner, Christy Phillips, and Lauren Plumey (all '09 Games competitors!). Later on that year, my now husband, Ben, and I started CrossFit New England (literally, one of the best jobs in the galaxy).  Went on to compete in a few more competitions, and in 2009 got lucky enough to qualify for the CrossFit Games in Aromas. I lost the tie for 16th place, ending up with 17th (just missing the opportunity to advance to the second day, which admittedly still haunts me every waking day of my life).  Anyways, I decided I needed to do my Sectionals this year to get ready for Regionals, knowing that the competition would be a lot tighter. I guess the rest is to be determined.

One of my responsibilities at CrossFit New England is coordinating the CrossFit Kids program.  I'll fully admit that "most" days I enjoy it even more than coaching adults. Those kids, including my own kids Maya (10) and Jonah (6), just never cease to amaze me with how good they are already at these movements. I just wish that I had started at their ages!

In addition to coaching at our affiliate, I've also spent the last year working on the HQ Level 1 Coaching Staff (the other greatest job on planet Earth). Getting to meet, coach and train with some of the other greatest athletes and coaches in world has been invaluable.

Literally, I can't imagine where I'd be without CrossFit. It's one of the greatest things that's ever happened to me.

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15 comments on this entry

1. LP wrote... were MADE to CrossFit!! You always keep me on my toes...even though you're all the way in Mass. I couldn't ask for a better person with which to compete. Can't WAIT for tomorrow...A Northeast Reunion!

2. Christy wrote...

Ya Heather! NE represent! Good Luck to you and LP, Joe and Thais (both of ECC) and all the other competitors this weekend. KILL IT!

3. Lindsey Smith wrote...

Good luck, Heather!! I know you will do great. :)

4. Tanya Wagner wrote...

You're gonna do awesome girl! Best of luck! Go get it!!!

5. Christian wrote...

Bring the heat this weekend Heahtaa!!

6. Tommy wrote...

Best wishes at the Regional Games. You are a force - now "Bring It On"!

7. Ronda Rockett wrote...

Heather you are always an inspiration to me!

8. Jerome Perryman wrote...

Good luck this weekend Heather!!! Ill be tracking your wods.... I think we both have that bitter taste from the '09 Games.

Kill it!!!

the guy who got 17th place '09 Games

9. Julie Hayes wrote...

Heather, you rock! and you are going all the way!

10. Bethanie Harsh wrote...

Kick ass, Heather!! We will see you in CA!!!

11. Russ Benedetto wrote...

You are amazing girl keep it up....

12. sevan wrote...

Heather - you're the coolest!

13. Pat Sherwood wrote...

Heather is a ninja.

14. Amber wrote...

Heather, you're one of my CrossFit heroes. I'm so happy to see you qualified, and can't wait to cheer for you from Boston!

15. Janeil S wrote...

Your my crossfit IDOL!!


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