Who is... (describe yourself)?
I am married to a wonderful man and a mother to the best 17-year-old girl I could have hoped for. I play roller derby and work part-time as an entomologist. I have so many hobbies. I never have enough time to do everything I want to. I garden, keep chickens, knit, crochet, embroider, sew, make cheese, can and preserve food, and I love to cook and bake. I hate to clean up after myself, though. I love to hike, bike, skate, run, fish, camp and explore the outdoors. I want to try hunting.
When/how did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit because my friend, Rebecca Stanley, basically forced me to try it and then forced me to keep trying it, until I got hooked.
What do you enjoy about CrossFit?
Everything. Seriously, I love the Olympic lifting, the gymnastics, the endurance workouts, even the burpees. I think my favorite part is the people, though. I love the encouragement, the motivation and the atmosphere that they create.
Explain your experience/transformation?
When I first started CrossFit, I was in the middle of my first full roller derby season. I felt like CrossFit might help me to get an edge with strength as well as endurance. Twice a week roller derby practice wasn’t really doing what I needed, as far as getting me in the shape I wanted to be in. When I first started CrossFit, I had to scale a lot of the movements because of flexibility problems, as well as weaknesses in very specific muscle groups. Slowly, over the next few months, I became more flexible and a more well rounded athlete. Just as that roller derby season ended, I had the opportunity to join the 6 week nutrition and fitness challenge. I decided to jump into this challenge with both feet and every ounce of myself. What an amazing experience. I lost a bunch of weight and inches, but I also gained tons of strength and fitness. I tracked everything I ate and learned what my body likes and how to fuel for workouts to get the most out of them. I learned a lot about myself. After the challenge was over I switched my focus to gaining muscle and strength. I have really increased my lifting capacity, while maintaining my endurance. I have now started my next season of roller derby with so much more strength and confidence. I feel sorry for the skaters on the other teams. ;)
Who inspires you in your daily life?
I have always been inspired by my grandma. She passed away last winter after a long fight with alzheimer’s disease. She was the hardest working, kindest person I have ever met.
Who inspires you in the gym?
There are so many inspirational people at CrossFit. Everyone is an inspiration just for showing up. I think the person that inspires me the most is Coach Carrie Bonner. I see the weights that she throws on the bar, even for the AMRAP and EMOM workouts and it pushes me to keep trying to do more.
What life goal do you have that CrossFit will help you attain?
I want to be the strongest and most fit roller derby player ever, or at least be the strongest and best I can be. CrossFit is definitely helping me get there.
How does CrossFit training help you in your daily life?
Having my workout to look forward to after my hectic day is a great motivator to get things done. I also have lots of fun saying no thanks when well meaning men offer to help me lift things. I feel a lot more confident in my ability to get things done around the house and work.
If you could design a workout, it would be...?
I would definitely write an interval training workout with two minute intervals of intense stuff like burpees, box jumps and cleans. That is what roller derby is: a series of two minute intervals of 100% effort. Training for that is hard.