Heather Angelo is a mother of two and real estate investor from Mississauga, Ontario. She got into CrossFit in 2012 and took 11th place at the CrossFit Games in 2016 and 3rd place at the Granite Games 2015 Masters 45-49.
When did you know you wanted something different? I felt like I wanted something different about four years after having my kids. My son was born in 2005 then my daughter in 2007. I felt that I needed to do something for myself. I seemed to have forgotten what made me tick as an individual. In my “prior life” I was a project manager in NYC which I LOVED, and it was also where I trained and ran my first marathon. I always had goals at that time and I worked very hard to get them! That was what I wanted again – a good, physical goal and something to grow my mind.
What keeps you motivated? In all my physical endeavours, it’s usually the fear of failure. I started to compete in CrossFit 4 years ago. I always had a competition I was either trying to qualify for or preparing to compete in. I wanted to always know I tried my best, so I would always give 110%. I love that CrossFit is a sport of successes and not failures. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet, everyone gets the support they deserve for showing up and doing their best. I finally found a sport that motivated me to be better everyday….and it also helps that I LOVE the stellar athletes I work out with day to day. They have always inspired me to be the best I can be.
How did you get started? My friend wanted me to do the Tough Mudder in August 2012. I bought a Groupon for “boot camp” type classes, it ended up being from CrossFit Select. From day one I was hit pretty hard with the CrossFit Bug!
How has your life changed since you decided you wanted something different? It changed after starting CrossFit. I saw immediate physical gains. Everyday something positive would happen in the gym or outside, and I appreciated it. I set goals, and I stopped coasting. That’s it, I started to live again in a world with endless possibilities. It also gave me the gumption to also start my own real estate investment company. I was learning a ton!
Tell me about your nutrition. I feel like I’m pretty good, but after having a nutrition coach before I went to the Games….I realized I’m not. I have foods with hidden sugars, love eating chips as a snack, love my glass of wine (or two!) and have too many saucy meals. I try hard to be sure I get enough protein/carbs/fat/fibre, but it’s not easy.
What is your definition of old? The day you say you’re old. A friend said that she can’t workout as hard as she wants because she has so many aches and pains….she was surprised to know WE ALL DO. We just need to work around them and learn how to work them out (mobility, yoga, rolling, etc). I had a shoulder injury that lasted well over 8 months, but I didn’t stop until I figured out a way to fix it. Aches and pains aren’t “old” in my books, they are something you fix.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? Owning a successful real estate investing business, kids will be off to university, so maybe moving south with my husband and tanning my tush off! CrossFit? Who knows, I’d be open to other sports too, so maybe take up surfing? MMA? or Zumba, people love Zumba!
What do you do to stay Young? Never stop with goal setting. Be the best version of myself for kids and husband.
How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? 29 – I still have the feeling that I can do anything!
What were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? My dad was VERY active in hockey, refereeing hockey and playing baseball.
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Most people eventually find out their “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? I’m here to make sure my kids grow up with integrity, strength, self confidence and humour.
What is next for you? Hunkering down for Open 2017 training.