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Athlete Profile: Heather Keenan Bergeron
Mother and affiliate owner is driven to succeed
Name: Heather Keenan Bergeron
Weight: 131 (or, 120 when Linda comes up)
Affiliate: CrossFit New England
Sectional: New England
Fight Gone Bad: 351
Clean & Jerk: 170
Back Squat: 230
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.