Meet a Member – Steve

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

I grew up on a ranch in southwest Colorado. That meant a lot of work starting early in the mornings before school. My brother grew up and became a professional bareback rider and now owns his own construction company. My dad still works at his grain elevator every day. In college I decided to pursue a career in medicine, which worked out great and I’m in my 23rd year as an anesthesiologist.

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

I work as an anesthesiologist, I just kind of fell into the field after first going into primary care. My favorite thing about the field is helping people, my least favorite thing about it is the hours.

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

I was born in Texas, moved to Durango, Co at age 13. I had never even heard of Montana until I got a job in Missoula in ’93. I stay here because I love the mountains, recreational activities and the town.

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

My nurse first got me started in CrossFit 7 yrs ago.

What Crossfit class do you normally attend?


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

Just to try to be more consistent with my workouts, get stronger and maintain good cardio conditioning.

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

Mt. biking, skiing, kayaking, backpacking

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

Overhead flexibility

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?

Well I admit that I do talk to myself, usually it is to say something like “two more reps, just two more reps, you can do it”.

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?

It would be an AMRAP, that would have some running, weights, and something like rope climb or wall balls.

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