Hi Claire, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
Hello! I’m originally from Oakland where I grew up with my parents, my older sister, and my aunts and uncles always close by.
Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?
I’m currently a student at the University. After having attended two years of school in NYC and having taken four years off, I felt it was time to return to school and work on my bachelor’s degree. I’m studying English, which means I read a whole lot. My favorite thing about it is that my classes open up forums for healthy debate – I get the chance to explore new perspectives and challenge my own beliefs. Least favorite? School takes up the majority of my time right now.
Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?
I’m not a native Missoulian, although I would say Missoula is the first place I truly felt at home in my adult life. I bounced around the country for a few years – spent two years in NYC, traveled for a while, lived in Savannah, GA, spent a few months outside of Fargo, ND – until eventually it was time for me to settle down. So my friend and I picked a spot on the map where we knew there would be mountains. I applied to school, got admitted, and fell in love with the place.
How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
When I got to Missoula, I was making some major lifestyle changes. One of such changes was quitting smoking. I decided I should replace a bad habit with a good one. At the same time, I was working in a plant nursery and beginning to get stronger from the physical work. At one point a friend told me I looked like “one of those CrossFit girls.” I had zero idea what CrossFit was when he said that and didn’t do any further research, but I decided to give it a go and attended a 101 class at the now defunct CrossFit Hellgate. I remember after that first class, I was exhausted, but completely exalted. I felt incredible. It’s been almost two and a half years since that fateful day. Something that began with an off-handed remark has grown into a passion.
What Crossfit class do you normally attend?
6:15 – I’m a night owl.
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?
My two biggest fitness goals right now are: hit 2x bodyweight deadlift (I’m 10 pounds away) and get a muscle-up.
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
I love to garden, go backpacking, and go on hikes with my two dogs.
What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?
For a very long while, it was doubleunders – I couldn’t link them to save my life. However, I just tackled that hurdle, so now I think it’s handstand push-ups.
What pushes you in CrossFit? When you’re about to drop down for that 50th burpee, or do that 30th pull-up, what keeps you going? Where do you go in your head?
This is such a good question. Every day it’s different. Much of the time it’s my competitive spirit that spurs me on (I even get competitive with myself). I also try to continually ask myself, “Why am I here?” And I find that most the time, the answer to that question is “to work hard.” Pushing myself psychically helps me build myself psychologically. Hard work teaches me self-confidence, perseverance, and mental fortitude – qualities that help me in my life outside of the gym.
If you were put in charge for a day at 5 Valleys, what WOD (workout of the day) would you design, assuming you yourself had to participate as well?
400 m run
5 body blasters
10 deadlifts (225/155)
20 walking lunges