Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I know there are zillions out there to choose from so it means a lot that you chose me. I’m doing my best to make it worth your while! Here’s a bit of info about me, just so you know where I’m coming from.
I’m a Midwestern girl. I grew up in Michigan and now live in lovely Minnesota. I work in environmental education and do my best to walk the walk. My fiancé (the smartest, cutest, funniest guy I know) and I live in a cute little, 100 year old house with our dog Shae, the bird Zeus, and some fish. I love cooking, sewing, and antique furniture…yes, I’m actually 74 years old. One of my other loves is, of course, fitness. I’ve taken many journeys down the road to an active lifestyle. In high school I was a mediocre softball player, but I also tried basketball and even a season or two of track (I was awful). In college, I went on hiatus from all things movement related except 16 oz curls…duh. And then came my first wedding. I had just finished graduate school, and I was a tubber. I was working two jobs and there really wasn’t much for gyms in the area. So I did what any soon-to-be-bride would do….I bought some workout DVDs. Enter “The Firm”. As cheesy as workout DVDs are, I really liked these babies. There were usually 4 DVDs in a pack and only one was specifically dedicated to cardio. The rest were all about building muscle. I sqatted and lunged my brains out in my little make shift exercise room in my basement. It totally worked, and I got in great shape and had some serious muscles. Who knew. Of course, I lost it all soon after when I decided to get divorced, change jobs, and move two states away from my family all at the same time. That was rough, but I fought back.
Enter the running years (not to be confused with the wonder years). I had never been a runner, but I was in a new town, didn’t really know anyone and didn’t have access to a gym. So I bought some shoes and started running around the block. Then came my first race. I was so nervous I thought for sure I was going to vomit and pee my pants at the same time, but I didn’t. It actually wasn’t bad at all so I did a bunch more. Pretty soon 5ks turned into half marathons. Then I signed up for a triathlon, and then I bought a bike (seriously, it was in that order). I loved it! I was even beating my fiancé (then boyfriend) who had been running all his life! That is, until the injuries came along. I ended up straining my IT Band so bad that I could hardly walk up stairs. It was miserable, and it’s one of those injuries that just wouldn’t go away. I gave it a lot of rest which really ended up in me getting all soft and out of shape again. So I did what any soft and out of shape girl would do, I signed up for some personal training sessions.
Enter Impact Sports Training (IST). An athlete specific gym that focused on performance based training instead of your typical gym monotony. This was a bit more circuit based with a combination of Olympic lifting, cross fit, kettle bells, cardio, etc. It was always new and different. I got lucky and was matched up with an intern that was eager for experience. She started making workouts for me 5 days a week. I could feel myself getting stronger every day, and I loved how it transferred into my daily life. It even inspired me to eat better. After working together for about 9 months, she decided to test my 1 rep maxes so that she could get a better idea of what my working sets should be. Low and behold….they were good! I’d even say they were decent. I started looking around at meet results for power lifting competitions and found that my maxes were in range with what other girls were doing. When I heard that there was a local meet coming up, I was in. I started training in February for my first meet in May of 2010. And so it began. I’ve been training hard ever since and have loved the entire experience of powerlifting- the people, the support, the adrenaline, the challenge, the personal growth. It’s a great sport, and I love that I have the opportunity to share it with people like you. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to give it shot….you won’t regret it!!