Claire & Timothy Darch


Members of the Month – Claire & Timothy Darch

Tim Claire CrossFit Fibre

This power couple have been with us since Sept 2014 and have grown from strength to strength. You can only find them in the 6am classes and the occasional MegaWOD as they have a pretty busy social calendar and sporting itinerary in the evenings.

Tim is the morning Dynamo who normally sets the pace for the boys in the arvo and strong in the runs. When he is on form, Tim crushes the body weight biased wods.

Claire is a quiet achiever with the occasional cackle-shriek if she is unable to complete her chin up rep. She is also a strong lifter and she has finally converted to wearing a pair of CrossFit shoes instead of her Mizunos.

  • Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

We’ve been together for 11 yrs, and married for the last 2.5. We met in first year uni, whilst doing the same degree- Sports Science. I’m originally from a farming town in the central Wheatbelt, and Tim’s a Perth local.

We have two cats, Mischka the Russian and Meg the Burmese. Tim’s an Occupational Therapist, specialising in hand and upper limb and I’m a Health and Safety Advisor. 

We are:

  • collectors of good red wine and craft beer
  • self proclaimed coffee snobs
  • weekend brunch enthusiasts 
  • club sport members since junior days, Guildford Mundaring Hockey Clubs, and Sterling Saints Netball respectively. 

Who and what inspires you?

C- Everyone in their own way- my family, my friends, the Fibre Fam. I take bits from all aspects to help inspire and push me every day. 

T – competition inspires me, seeing everyone work hard makes you want to work just as hard. 

  • Can you cook and what are your favourite dishes?

C- Tim and I have a now infamous cooking schedule during the winter months when he’s at hockey Tues and Thurs and I’m at netball on Wednesdays. We have the schedule in place with the aim that no man goes hungry because they’re out exercising. It works!! I pretty much try a new meal most times i cook, because I have the time and I can. Coming from a farm originally, and growing up with two brothers, I have a soft spot for meat and 3 veg.

T – as above, although I like a good steak and my spaghetti bolognese. 

  • How would you describe your ideal day?

C- a walk with Tim to get coffee and breakfast, a free afternoon to do whatever, then a catchup with friends for dinner and drinks.

T – probably the same as the above but throw in time to relax at home or at a bar with a nice beer.

  • What has CrossFit done for you?

C- Crossfit has made me more confident in myself then ever before- I love the idea that from the outside it might not look like I can do much… but I secretly know that if I had to, I probably could 😊

It’s also introduced me to a bunch of great people!

T – Crossfit has helped keep me fit over the off season and given me confidence that my body can keep going despite age. It really helped with repetitive sprint ability and endurance. 

  • What are the advantages / disadvantages of doing CrossFit with your partner?

C- one of the advantage of doing CF together is the mutual interest that it’s created between us. At 5.40 in the morning, on the way to CF, there is zero talk… but by 7.10, post WOD, we talk at length about how good/hard the WOD was, techniques, PB’s, etc. 

We both now also have a mild addiction to buying Crossfit related footwear and apparel.. you could put that in the negative part too for the effect it has on our bank balance $$$

The disadvantages are few, but maybe when Tim is injured and not going to CF he isn’t too gracious about the fact that he gets to sleep in whilst I’m up at 5.30… 

T – helps having someone to go along with because guaranteed at least one of us will motivate the other to go along. 

The disadvantage is the injuries side of things because you are still woken up by the other person leaving at 5:30 in the morning.

C- Jerk 😉

  • What is your favourite WOD? Or what would be your favourite WOD if you could program it?

C- favourite WOD would be DT at this stage, or maybe Grace. I’m not adverse to a bit of a run either. It’s hard to single out WODs though, as as much as I might dislike them immediate post WOD, give me a day and I’ll be singing their praises.
T – anything body weight chins ups, box jumps, burpees etc., 3 or 4 different movements in the WOD with some running in there and lasting at least 12-20 minutes.

  • Burpees or Chin Ups?

C- either, maybe a little more burpee then chin.

T – Either, maybe a little more chin up than burpee though.

  • What do you like most about CrossFit Fibre?

C- the people, the coaches, the atmosphere- even at 6am in the morning, and especially on mega WOD nights. Having recently completed a few WODs at different boxes in the States, it’s made me realise the Fibre has something special going on. 

T – everyone is always welcoming and gives each other encouragement, it really is like a team sport even though it is scored individually. You train hard against each other knowing that you will have a laugh/complain/chat about the workout afterwards and when the time comes to represent Fibre at a comp everyone pulls together as a team.

  • Any final thoughts?

C & T- Don’t be afraid of the 6am start! It really energises you for the rest of the day and provides opportunities for a 2nd session if your super keen!

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