Athlete Profile: Katie S.

By Steve on August 13, 2013 in Athletes, CrossFit

katie_thumbWhat do you do for a living?
I’m a consultant (part time) who works on mapping projects related to agriculture in Africa. I also drive my kids a lot of places and attend their various games and productions.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Since June 2012.

Which class do you normally attend?
I almost exclusively attend the 9:15 weekday classes and on occasion (rare) I make it to the Saturday WOD.

What do you like best about it?
I like that every day is different; I like that it really pushes me; I love the community and group of fellow cross-fitters that I’ve gotten to know over the past year and with whom I get to work out; I love that I feel stronger.

What do you struggle with?
PUSH UPS! … they just don’t seem to be getting any easier … and injuries that limit what I can do.

What have you improved most?
Pull ups, burpees (but I still don’t love them) and rowing.

What’s the last book you read? The Paris Wife, and The Fiske College Guide :)

Favorite D.C. restaurant/hangout:
Nat’s Stadium (not for the food!), Mintwood Place, Busboys & Poets. And in Silver Spring, where I usually am, Adega, 8407 Kitchen Bar, Jackie’s Sidebar.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Probably nothing b/c I talk a lot and am not so hard to figure out. Maybe that I was in the Peace Corps, but that’s not so surprising, or that I had a motorcycle license.

What do you do for fun when not CrossFitting?
Go to Nats games; hang out with friends & family; watch Montgomery Blair High School lacrosse and field hockey games; bike; walk; garden; walk the dog; read; photography; make paleo muffins.

Any final thoughts?
I have always been a fairly consistent exerciser but also often jumped from thing to thing trying to avoid boredom. A friend from California told me about Crossfit a couple of years ago and I started looking around for a Crossfit gym. I knew absolutely nothing about it except it was intense and a great workout. I found Second Wind through an internet search and subsequently the recommendation of another Takoma Parker. I was a little nervous when starting out but found Steve and Michelle and everyone in the classes to be so welcoming and encouraging. It has been awesome. The 9:15 class is mostly women, most of whom know each other because of their kids’ schools. But I have felt so welcome and so encouraged and have loved getting to know everyone there while challenging the crap out of myself. I might whine from time to time about something we’re doing (burpees) but being part of second wind, and crossfit in general, has been, and continues to be, a really positive experience and an important part of my life.