2017 July: Linda Riddle

By: Stewie 2 Comments

I am… totally surprised to be selected for this… I don’t really consider myself an “athlete”!!

I like… spending time with family, laying out in the sun (I know), playing with our dogs and watching the Bengals and UD play (and hopefully WIN!!)

I dislike… people who drive too fast, a dirty house and flying in a plane.

I eat… better than I ever have before! I do my best to follow the food plan, and feel a twinge of guilt when I stray off course.

I will… someday have a therapy dog and visit retirement homes and hospitals.


Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I have been married for 34 years to Ken, we have two great kids, Andrew and Jenn. When our kids were growing up I worked part time at Kettering Hospital (surgery scheduling) and later in two orthopedic surgeon’s offices. I was an avid volunteer at Centerville schools during those years doing everything from Market Day to selling soccer slides out of the trunk of my car for the cheerleaders. My sister had even gotten me a tee shirt that read, “Help! Stop me before I volunteer again!!” In 2009 my husband purchased the Arby’s/Lee’s on Far Hills and Whipp Rd. Five years later, in 2014, we had the opportunity (along with a long-time friend) to purchase an additional 12 Lee’s Famous Recipe restaurants in the Dayton area, bringing our total to 13 restaurants and 260+ employees. Today I do payroll for our company, Far Hills Development LLC, which includes Far Hills Catering. This year our company was named “Franchise of the Year” by Lee’s Famous Recipe.


What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

In 2015 my son started doing Tough Mudders (obstacles course challenges). In November 2016, he ran in his first World’s Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas… a 24 hour obstacle course race. He completed 50 miles and ran for over 21 hours straight!! His bib had a tracking number and from home we tracked his progress thru the night. He was truly an inspiration that he kept going and going, thru pain and fatigue. It made me think… I want to experience a Tough Mudder with him. I had seen the 6 week New You Challenge on Facebook before, and in December, there it was on my news feed again. I knew if I was going to do a Tough Mudder in June, I had to do something to get in shape and lose some weight. I joined the first 6 week challenge, did a second 6 weeks and then became a member.


What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Since January I have lost 25 lbs, countless inches… and I completed my first Tough Mudder Half in June. 5 miles / 13 obstacles… it was an incredible time shared with my son and daughter, my sister and her son, my nephew and his wife and many of their friends. My new goal is a full Tough Mudder in June 2018. 10 miles / 20 obstacles. I definitely need to work on my upper body strength.


What is your favorite movement?

I really just enjoy all the different workouts…. from rowing to box jumps to attempting all the different weightlifting movements.


What is your least favorite movement?

That darn bike… and “superman” hold… ugh!!!


What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

I have more than one:

  • “I don’t quit when I’m tired. I quit when I’m done.”
  • “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”
  • “Push yourself…because no one else is going to do it for you.”
  • “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do.” (Rikki Rogers)


Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Just do it!!! It may be totally out of your comfort zone, as it was for me. And it is hard work… but the results are so worth it. Truly… LIFE CHANGING!!!!!!


What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

Working up a good sweat (seriously). The women in our group are every shape and size, yet we are all the same… sharing one goal. Be better than you were yesterday. The coaches and staff are great… super supportive and encouraging. Centerville CrossFit makes working out challenging and fun!



  1. Siobhan Tirado says:

    Linda, I am so proud of you and so glad to see that you made it through your first Tough Mudder. The recognition and the transformation you’ve had motivates all of us to keep coming every day to train.

  2. Kim andries says:

    Linda is such an inspiration to me – she can hop up on a box that is almost taller than her!!! She never quits or complains and ALWAYS knocks it out of the park. Love being in class with her!!! You all picked a great one for your athlete of the month!!

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