Hi Katy, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I grew up here in Missoula, right out of high school I moved away for about 5ish years and then realized that Montana is the best place on earth and moved back. I am 26 years old, the youngest of 5 and have an incredibly loud family. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do in life, so right now I scoop ice cream or “slang cream” as some of my fellow gym members say, at Sweet Peaks. I think it is safe to say that I can cross that off the list of things I want to do as a career, but for now it’s a pretty sweet gig. My boss is one of my best friends, and I get free ice cream so I can’t really complain.
How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I used to be a runner, I didn’t really know what else to do to stay in shape so I would just run, all of the time. As time went on I realized that I have a deep seated hatred for running and so I wanted to find something that would keep me in shape that I actually enjoy. My cousin owns a CrossFit gym in Kansas City and recommended that I try it out. I started two years ago and immediately liked it. It has been great for me, I am an extremely competitive person and CrossFit is a great way to be competitive and also have fun at the same time.
What would your dream CrossFit workout look like?
My dream workout is definitely anything that involves running, even though I hate it, it is one of the only things that comes naturally to me, and anything with kettlebells and pull-ups. I guess I have just described “Helen”, so the better answer would be that “Helen” is my dream workout.
What would your nightmare workout look like?
Oh man, there are so many workouts that are my nightmare. Pretty much anything that involves lifting weight. If it’s not a bodyweight movement, I don’t want to do it, and even then I will probably throw out some curse words. I am under the impression that I have the world’s longest femurs and because of this it feels like I have to travel about two miles to reach the bottom of my squat. Same goes for my arms, I have really long arms (I don’t know the names of the bones in my arms). Due to these “extreme” disadvantages, any workout with the barbell is a nightmare…
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in the next year?
I would really like to hit a 125 snatch, it is such a technical movement and it would feel like a pretty big accomplishment.
Crossfit Open – did you compete last year and do you plan to this year?
I did not compete in the open last year, I went on vacation instead… I plan on doing it this year though and am really looking forward to it!
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
I spend the majority of my time at school, the gym, and work. But when I am not doing either of those three things, I am usually hiking with my dog Blodgett, and drinking coffee. Both of which I really enjoy!
Winter is almost upon us, assuming we get some snow this year, what does winter look like for you?
I really like to snowboard, so I try and get out and do that during the winter, but this year I am going to Germany and Switzerland for a little over a month, so that is what a good chunk of my winter will look like!