Hi Christine tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I’m a Montana native. I grew up just outside Helena and have been living in Missoula for about ten years now. I went to the University of Montana and majored in Enlgish Literature and minored in Spanish. One summer I decided to work for the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter figuring I would just do it for a year or two until I graduated, but now I’m going into my fourth season and still love it (most of the time!). It’s definitely a long way off from English Literature, but I enjoy it. This winter I’ve been working as a nanny for two little kids, a 17 month old and a 3 year old. They’re awesome, active kids and it’s been an enjoyable change of pace from fire.
What kind of exercise or sports were you doing pre-CrossFit?
I was obsessed with soccer growing up. Both my brother and I played since we were little, and my mom coached and refereed for a while. During college I got into trail running and backpacking. I also have done a lot of biking, both mountain and road biking and have done a few long distance cycling tours. Other than that, I did some circuit training and cycling classes at the gym.
What made you decide to give CrossFit a go and how long have you been at it?
I had been curious about it for quite a while. This year I decided I wanted to try and get on the Lewis and Clark Hotshots and knew I needed something a little more structured that would push and challenge me. It’s been about two months and I love it. It’s still early on, but I definitely think this is the strongest I’ve ever been, and I’ve still got a long way to go.
CrossFit has a bit of a cult reputation. Are you like most CrossFitters and annoy all your friends by talking about it all the time?
Ha! Sometimes. If you run into me right after working out I’m usually pretty obnoxiously wound up. I try to only talk about it to friends from fire, or friends I’ve worked out with for years who actually have some interest in it. I definitely don’t use crossfit acronyms and lingo like “WOD” or “AMRAP” talking to people, but most friends and family definitely know I do it!
You got your first toe to bar the other day way to go!! What’s the next movement/exercise you want to be able to check off the list?
Thanks! I’ve been trying to get that one for a while. Next is definitely strict pull-ups. I have been trying to get them for years. That’s the big one, but I would also like to get handstand push-ups and get better at the Power Snatch.
What is your favorite place to eat in Missoula and why?
I love the Redbird wine bar. I don’t go there often, but they have great food and wine and I like the mellow atmosphere. On the cheaper end, Five On Black. Their food is delicious, cheap, and pretty healthy.
What is your top choice for workout music?
I tend to listen to music I wouldn’t listen to outside of working out. It’s a weird mix of pop and rap and lots of Girl Talk.
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2015?
I just want to get faster and stronger. I feel pretty comfortable pulling out long distance runs, but I’m pretty slow at any distance. Pretty basic I guess, but that’s what I’m focusing on.
When we don’t see you at the gym what are you most likely to be doing?
Probably doing something outside, reading a book, or drinking coffee at Le Petit Outre.