What is your name?
Do you have a nickname?
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It holds the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place and was voted the happiest state in the nation this year. However, it also holds the crown for least visited state in the nation. I know – shocking.
What brought you to Pittsburgh?
We moved to Pittsburgh for work. We’ve been here for six years and we love it.
What do you do for a living?
I work at Thermo Fisher Scientific where I am the Director of Global Insights, Innovation & Strategy for Fisher Scientific. So I spend my time evaluating market, competitive, and customer trends in order to make recommendations for future investment on products, services, technologies, and new market strategies.
What is your Athletic background?
That is so long ago, it’s not worth mentioning. I basically had done nothing of substance athletically since I had kids 10 years ago. Plus, what I have found in more recent years is that things I used to be “really good at” I really suck at now. Ask me sometime about my ice skating challenge.
How long have you been CrossFitting?
I have been crossfitting for one year, 2 weeks and 5 days. And, yes, I am counting
What is your favorite CrossFit movement?
I like everything I can do.
What is your least favorite CrossFit movement?
Ugh … there are so many things I can’t do yet, but I guess that’s different than least favorite. … I suppose its burpees; even though, technically speaking, this contradicts my answer to “what’s my favorite Crossfit movement” since I can actually do them.
What were your CrossFit goals for 2014? Did you accomplish them?
I had one goal for 2014 – to be able to do 100 BFSU without looking, sounding, or acting like I was in labor. Embarrassing, but true. One month into crossfit there was a wod with a 100 BFSU buy-in. I did 46. I remember I was in the back corner of the box that day for this wod. The rest of the wod was 4 rounds of 10 burpees and 20 OHS 115/90. Everyone had moved on to do their 4 rounds and I was still woefully far away from the 100. By pulling on my legs, grunting a little bit louder (never underestimate the power of a good grunt) and taking rest breaks I got up to 73. But that was it. I could not do a single one more. So, in defeat, I moved on to burpees and my PVC pipe OHSs. It felt like an impossible goal when I set it. But I met the goal in March. Now I can do 100 in 3:49, maybe faster.
What are your CrossFit goals for 2015?
Dubs: 100 under 3 min
Pistols: do in wod
HSPU: do in wod, remove mats
Toes to bar: remove double kip, do in wod
Box jump: 24″ in wod
What are you most proud of?
I feel ridiculously proud when I watch my kids perform with their rock bands. More so than any other school, sporting or musical activity they do. The rock band performances stand in a separate class for me. Of course, that is nothing that I did, so I’m probably not answering the question correctly….
What is your favorite book?
I’m not sure I can pick a single favorite but the book I continue to reference the most in conversation is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. It explores three core elements that have lead to exceptional success. You need to be smart enough – not brilliant, just smart enough. You need to have some unique, often uncontrollable, opportunity – such as birth date (NHL players) or access (Bill Gates & technology). And you need to work hard – you need to put in 10,000 hours in order to be at a differentiated point of ability. It’s a very interesting read and has fascinating examples of success and failure as he explores this topic. But I feel like ultimately this book is about finding your passion, and as a parent, how important it is to give your kids a breadth of exposure so they have the opportunity to find their passion so they are willing to put in the hours, work hard, and find success in life.
What is your favorite quote?
“Sometimes you gotta be a little bad, just to remind yourself you’re still alive” Chris in the Morning, Northern Exposure.
Why do you CrossFit?
I joined Crossfit because I knew I needed to get some fitness back in my life. Well, actually, I had never heard of Crossfit before, but a friend invited me to the Saturday community class and when I found out the standard classes worked with my schedule, I thought why not. But now I do it for a lot of reasons. There is a black and white in Crossfit that I find incredibly rewarding. You know where you stand, you know where you want to go, and you know when you get there. With very little grey, I feel there is a more linear relationship between hard work and accomplishment. I love that it is really, really hard – and that it always ends. I’m pretty sure there is a point in every wod where I feel like I am just trying to survive and I need to push myself not just physically, but mentally to keep going. When I’m done it feels significant. And for me, that is meaningful.
As a mother of three young boys, I’ve found Crossfit to be a relatable platform to talk about hard work and success. I work hard every day at my job, but they don’t see it, and I know it doesn’t really make that much sense to them. Crossfit does. They have all seen me there at least once – working hard and really struggling at times. I’m not the best. They know I’m not the best. But I am the best I can be on that day. And every day I go back, I get better. I believe that Crossfit has allowed me to be a stronger role model for my kids and through this platform am able to talk with them in a more credible, tangible and relatable way about goals, hard work, perseverance, determination, individual ability and self worth. Actually, who am I kidding, I’m certain my kids would all say “huh?…” if asked about this. But I’m counting on all these great life lessons getting in through osmosis, because in my mind they are golden!
One big reason I keep Crossfitting is the community. There truly is a supportive, encouraging, compassionate network – ie community. Everyone talks about it and it probably means something different to each person. For me, it keeps me going, keeps me accountable and reminds me how important the little things are, like a “nice job” or a fist pump after a wod … or something else during a wod 😉 The little things a community brings really do make a marked difference. Thank you Kevin, Anna and Brad … and the 5:30am-ers.
3 words friends would use to describe you:
I have no idea. I just hope they are nice.
Name 3 things on your bucket list:
I don’t have a bucket list. But if I had to pick three things that I would really love to do they would be:
1) Go on an African Safari
2) Go on an Alaskan adventure – hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, mushing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing – this will need to be a multi-season adventure
3) Live abroad
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Oooh…. I suppose I should say super strength, super fit or something like that. I would love to be able to time travel into the future (is that a superpower?) or have a super-powered mind that is able to piece things together that are seemingly unrelated but can actually uncover mysteries or advancements once thought impossible. Obviously, I’d be ridiculously fit, be smokin’ hot, wear some sort of rubber cat suit that had hidden weapons and I would be able to fly … but I think that is just table stakes these days for super powers. So all that and the mind thing, which probably would be able to solve our current inability to time travel, so it’s a bit of a two-fer.