Hi Kim tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I grew up outside of Chicago and moved to Colorado at 19 where I received degree in wildlife biology and started working seasonally for the Forest Service fighting fires, inventorying timber and riding the range. After 9 years I turned down a smoke jumping job in California to take a permanent job in Idaho with the Forest Service and shortly thereafter in Wyoming where I managed the wilderness. A few years later I landed in Missoula as a computer/biological scientist in GIS.
I met my hubby of 32 years right out of college and we worked summers together and travelled in the winters. We backpacked 3 months in New Zealand, visited Fiji, spent a winter camping in Baja, another in the Yucatan and Belize and another crewing a yacht and traveling to the Bahamas
After being married 12 years I decided I wanted a kid, luckily it didn’t take too long to persuade my hubby and now we have a 20 year old son taking chemical engineering in Bozeman and 15 year old daughter in JV volleyball attending Sentinel. My hubby retired from teaching 7th grade science year and a half ago. I followed him last June J
What kind of exercise or sports were you doing pre-CrossFit?
I’ve always loved lifting weights. I started in a weight room when I was 20 but there was no one to show this girl what to do. I subscribed to muscle and fitness magazine to get an idea and have been messing around with weights ever since. I didn’t play any sports in high school or college (was too shy) but played some softball and volleyball in my 30’s and 40’s. When I turned 50 I decided to try running marathons. I ran a couple that summer, including the first Missoula marathon. After a year I decided I didn’t like running at all 😛
What made you decide to give CrossFit a go and how long have you been at it?
During my year trying marathons, I was working out at the peak and one of the trainers suggested I might like CrossFit. I checked it out on the web and started doing the workouts at home. About 6 months later a friend mentioned she joined a CrossFit gym in town, I was surprised there even was one. I signed up and have been going ever since. I still love it after 7 1/2 years.
I know you retired not too long ago, can you tell us if being retired is everything you thought it would be?
Yes! It’s awesome, and very weird. You work 40 years or so and all of a sudden you don’t have to set an alarm – crazy! Unfortunately I still hear my daughters alarm every morning at 6 J
Kim I often see you smashing out kipping pull-ups during open gym. How did you get so good at pull-ups and are there any other movements you really want to work on this year?
Wow thanks. I was stuck on the purple band doing pull-ups forever and one day a new girl walks into the gym and within a few months she was off the band. So I thought to myself I am going to do that too. I took January a few years ago and told the coach I was not going to use the band that month and see if it would get me anywhere. I’ve been kipping ever since but have to do a few each time I’m in the gym or I lose them quickly.
What would you rather do 200 Burpees for time or a 20 minute AMRAP of only Toe to Bar?
No question, toes to bar any day.
What is your favorite place to eat in Missoula and why?
I love HuHots. It’s my whole family’s favorite place. I was a vegetarian for almost 35 years before starting paleo about 4 years ago. HuHot can be pretty paleo friendly. I’m certainly not 100% paleo but getting closer all the time. It’s hard to give up the occasional microbrew and dark chocolate.
What is your top choice for workout music?
Hm. My favorite singers right now are Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Hozier, not exactly workout music… so I would prefer something like Daughtry, Nickelback and Eminem (my son’s influence). My daughter’s pop music usually has a great beat for workouts too. My old gym played head banger music all the time, it got old. I love the variety at 5 valleys!
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in 2015?
Oh boy, too many!
I’d like to work towards a muscle up (in my dreams), so 3 strong ring pull-ups and 3 deep ring dips would be a good start.
I’d like to kip my toes to bar, kip 12 pull-ups in a row, try a handstand push-up (not sure why I’ve never even tried…).
Oh and a 10 second L-sit and new PR’s for my deadlift, clean, shoulder press and snatch. I was able to PR my clean and deadlift last year so I’m happy to say I can still get stronger – yay!
It would be fun to qualify for CrossFit regionals again.
When we don’t see you at the gym what are you most likely to be doing?
Art. Getting ready for a couple shows at the ZACC. Right now I am into relief printing, carving on wood or linoleum and printing, (I post my art on FaceBook).
…And filling out that bucket list, starting with a trip to Alaska this summer, backpacking in Yellowstone, motorcycle trips, and seeing Europe next year.