Meet a Member – Kristen

Hi Kristen, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.

I’m from Colorado, second oldest of four and have been in the state since 2003. I’m a UM graduate in German/Arabic, currently applying to grad schools in Germany, and can often be overheard talking to myself in a different language. Free time is usually spent in movement in some way. I have the pleasure to commute year-round by bike, I train at a judo/jujitsu dojo, and my roommate recently discovered the joys of tabatas. I now have a tabata buddy!

Where do you work, how’d you get into that field, and what’s your favorite and least favorite thing about it?

I work in the cheese department at the Good Food Store. I have always loved cheese and to be able to talk cheese, eat cheese, and learn about all things cheese for my job is quite sublime.

Are you a Missoula native? If not what brought you here, and if you are, what keeps you here?

I am originally from Colorado. I’ll give myself ten more years then I’ll say I’m from Missoula. The University of Montana was the primary draw to move to here and, wherever my linguistic travels take me, I’ll always consider Missoula home base.

How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?

My first intro to CrossFit was in Bozeman, Montana at True Spirit CrossFit and Yoga in 2014. The atmosphere was crazy encouraging and enthusiastic and I left with the necessity of finding a similar gym in Missoula. Enter 5 Valleys CrossFit.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?

My schedule normally allows for me to hit the open gym time in the afternoons.

Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit?

Since introduction to the Hero WODS, I’ve wanted to do a fully Rx’d Murph. In the past, I’ve been able to do portions of the WOD with the weight vest but not the whole thing just yet. So my continuing goals are to improve proficiency at push ups (and get them weighted) and improve rhythm in my kipping pull-ups (and start adding weight!). Calisthenics and running are my jam, I love that stuff.

What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?

In my natural environment, I’ll usually be found eating cheese, trail running or training at my judo/jujitsu dojo. I’m prepping for a second-degree black belt test and most of my free time is spent training for that, in one way or another. I will absolutely (and proudly!) include ‘eating cheese’ into my training regimen. Import Parmigiano-Reggiano and Beemster’s Vlaskaas gouda is where it’s at.

What’s your biggest CrossFit weakness that you’re working on right now?

Snatches! It’s a fantastic lift and it’s mostly a mental game for me right now.

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?

No matter what the workout is, I’m doing it because I can and I want to. I’m very happy when I train. When I need to dig deep to keep going, in addition to keeping myself smiling on the inside, I remind myself that there will always be something else after the workout is nominally “over”. There could be orcs outside and I need to be ready for that or someone has a birthday that day and birthday burpees are in order too! It changes my horizons appropriately. While I’m still in the moment and know I need to give it my all, my vision adjusts. I think of it very much in terms of a judo match: the game may not be over when you throw your opponent, you need to be ready to follow-up with ground work. And it still may not be over then! It isn’t over for me when I drop for that 50th burpee or 30th pull up, it’s a continuation. Besides, there could be orcs.

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?

I love calisthenics and am a big fan of Murph. I would definitely include some sprint repeats in there for warm-up before hitting the body of that WOD.

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