Member Monday: Abby Sampsel

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS?
I've just recently started biking. I wanted a new challenge athletically and I consider it a plus that biking can be a lifelong sport.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
I had been a member of a big box gym for years. When I was going it was great but when I fell off the wagon - I really fell off. I was looking for a smaller gym that kept me accountable and found Kingfield!

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
Plain and simple - the people. I don't think I could have found a gym with better coaches or better athletes. We all push one another and cheer everyone on!

HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT(S) PERFORMANCE? 
I play soccer on a coed team every summer and fall. I could tell last fall that I was faster and stronger than I had been at the beginning of summer season. I can't wait to see what this next summer season has in store!

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO?
Just Keep Moving. I'll never be the fastest person at any of the WOD's in class but it doesn't matter the pace as long as I finish the workout.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT?
ANYTHING with a barbell makes me happy but especially back squats and deadlifts. Who knew it could be so much fun to throw around that much weight?

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
How about favorite meal? Steak, garlic mashed potatoes, and my family makes this yummy spinach salad with a hot mushroom and bacon vinaigrette dressing.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
This one is a toss up - Either Rolling Stone's 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (it has a great build up) or AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long’

Member Monday: Dee Gulis

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS? I was not born an endurance athlete. Not even close. But as I started to transition into a real adult, it checked a lot of boxes for me. I'm naturally competitive, goal-oriented, and like to push myself in new ways. I also love that it gets me outside and exploring new places all the time.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?  I understood the importance of strength training as an endurance athlete, but never found a way to consistently include it in my training. I was looking for a way to make that happen. Then Lea appeared while I was running around Lake Calhoun one day and the rest, as they say, is history.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE? Kingfield is a community in every sense of the word. I truly look forward to heading to the gym and gutting it out together. It's an eclectic group and both the coaches and athletes alike bring something to the table. Whether I just want to hangout and have fun for an hour or get my butt kicked by a workout, Kingfield's got it. Bonus points because most days it's both!

HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT(S) PERFORMANCE?  I can already tell that CrossFit workouts in the off-season have helped me better maintain a base level of speed and fitness. Usually around this time a year, I am dragging myself through runs and rides. I'm really looking forward to ramping up my training, keeping CrossFit in the mix, and seeing how it translates to results while racing this summer.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? During CrossFit workouts, I'll find myself saying "you can do anything for _____ more minutes (or seconds, or rounds, or reps)." That's the beauty of the short and sweet workout. I've started to learn how to translate that mentality to longer workouts, especially in the CT studio.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? I have a love/hate relationship with rowing... love that its both a killer strength and cardio workout, hate that it makes me feel like my lungs are bleeding. I also love Deadlifts, because all those plates make me feel like a B.A!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Avocados! Anytime, on anything.

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? Anna would probably guess 90's hip-hop, but anything by P!nk will really get me jazzed up.

Member Monday: Marietta Ryba

WHY DO YOU RACE? I used to play soccer until my knees and ankles started to creak. I joined a Masters Rowing Club and appreciated the low impact nature of the sport.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
I moved to Minneapolis just last summer and the first thing I did was look for a crossfit gym near my home. I started on the other side of the gym with a masters group that meets in the mornings. Once I started working, this time no longer fit into my schedule. I joined the evening class to nurture my shoulder injury and everyone has been very helpful and supportive as well as sensitive to my specific needs. I was a rower in Kansas before I moved here, but find it does not fit into my schedule here.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE? 
I love the people and the dedication they possess for each member. They make sure you perform each movement correctly and take the time to make you feel a part of the group. My past experience with crossfit gyms has been very positive. It is a family environment and that makes me want to keep coming back.

HOW HAS CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT(S) PERFORMANCE? 
I have been doing Crossfit for 5 years. I started with my rowing teammates and it helped me become a stronger rower and maintain my stamina in everyday life. I also want to prevent osteoporosis and the weight-training is an important part of maintaining bone density.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? Slow and steady is my motto. I am not the fastest person and don't win any races. But I have the willpower to make myself do things if I believe it is good for me. When I start something new, I do the best I can and try to have patience with my body. Being in a class is so helpful because you see others going through the same thing and get the postive encouragement from the instructor that is so motivating.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? I love erging just because we did workouts on rowing machines during the winter months. But I find it is best when combined with a weight- lifting exercise like deadlifts.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? European pastries- anything with a cream filling is my weakness!!

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? Aretha Franklin RESPECT

 

Member Monday: Ryan Coogan

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS?
I race to push myself beyond the comfort line that I would otherwise not cross. I love endurance sports because there are few things that are as satisfying as overcoming those voices mid race that are yelling at you to stop but you keep moving forward until you cross the finish line. Plus a cold beer never tastes better then after a long race.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
I was training for Ironman Madison last year and then my mom was diagnosed around the holidays with stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. Both of my parents have trained with Danny for years. During the summer, my mom's condition worsened and Danny would come over to my folks to train my mom when she was too sick to leave the house (she never stopped fighting). Danny and I got around to chatting about training and he mentioned Kingfield Endurance, which blended the benefits of Crossfit for endurance athletes. Right away I was intrigued, as I had done Crossfit before but stopped to run Twin Cities Marathon and begin my Ironman training. I missed the elements of core strength training and the team atmosphere of Crossfit. I was so impressed with the level of care and friendship that Danny had for my mom and dad that I joined and have loved it. It is a perfect blend and a special place. No Crowns. Just Courage is 100% true.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
Most importantly the people. The coaches are awesome and everyone is great. We all encourage and motivate each other. I really look forward to coming to class.

HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORTS?
I can feel myself getting stronger. Having done Crossfit before, then taking a break to train for Ironman, and then coming back to Crossfit at Kingfield Endurance, I can definitely say that there is no way to hide your weak spots. It forces you to address the areas you might overlook and make them stronger. Anna and Lea are great coaches who take the time to teach you proper form, push you and understand the intersection of Crossfit and endurance.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? SOMETHING YOU TELL YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE FIGHTING THROUGH A WORKOUT? I stole this but I have always liked it since I heard it - "Glory through suffering." I have repeated it to myself many times when those voices are yelling at me to stop.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT?  
The deadlift and the clean are my favorites.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?  A dry aged ribeye.

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG?  Welcome to the Jungle by GNR.

 

Member Monday: Jane Riordan

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?

The people--I will follow Lea anywhere she goes. :) I also realized that I was just going through the motions at the gym by myself. I wanted more of a challenge and I wanted a community around it.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD?

The community. The nicest people work out there, and the trainers are all incredible. Even when the workouts are hard I have fun and I always leave feeling like I just had a good time with friends.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT?

I like box jumps now that I can actually do them! I also have kind of a love-hate relationship with squats.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

I love food so much--it's hard to say what my favorite is... I love a really good lasagna!

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WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG?

I un-ironically love "Stronger" by Britney Spears. :)

Member Monday: Mary Buth

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS? 

I race because it's hard and because it puts me in a place where there's nothing else except me and the perseverance to push myself even harder. Racing is a true test of mettle. My love of endurance sports started with running after college, once I began running half-marathons I realized that I needed a new challenge outside of just running, this led to my interest in multi-sport and ultimately racing triathlons. After completing an Ironman a few years ago alongside my husband, he suggested we try competitive bike racing. After my first season last year as a full fledged bike racer I knew I was hooked!

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE? 

Meeting Anna in my first year of bike racing was the big reason as to why I started training at Kingfield. She is so inspirational, a butt kicker, and an all around awesome person to talk to. I knew after my first "foundations" session at Kingfield that it was going to totally change my racing and me as a competitive bike racer.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE? 

The people!! Also my fellow Kingfield teammates, and being in an atmosphere that is so energetic and positive. Kingfield is a powerful place filled with some of the hardest working people I've ever met.

HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORTS PERFORMANCE? The strength program has definitely helped grow and strengthen the important muscles I need to race competitively and safely.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? Shut up legs!!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? My favorite workout is the Computrainer course rides. It's a blast and allows a certain level of competition in a non-threatening environment, it's also an insane workout!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Pizza. Traditional crust, tomatoes, basil, chicken, mozzarella cheese. Yum.

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? So many! I love "5 More Hours" by Deorro. Or "Bang My Head" by Sia. (funny that those are two things I think during most road races.)

 

Member Monday: Jacqueline Hansen

WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS?

The plan was to run one marathon, just to do it, then it turned into another and another. Then I met my other half who kept suggesting new races that we could run while travelling the world. Now it's just part of me. We've started running trail races and I love running places that a lot of people never even get to see.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?

I'd been losing my mojo the last few years and couldn't meet the goals I set for myself. I have always wanted some sort of personal trainer and support, so I felt like I could get something resembling that here, as well as a nice mix-up of training so I don't get bored.

WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?

I secretly love to compete, both with myself and with others (but I guess it's not so secret now), so having a different challenge with every class is exciting for me. It's also nice to be surrounded by other people who give up weekends to do things that many think are crazy.

HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT PERFORMANCE? 

In the 3-4 months that I've been coming to Kingfield, I've gotten stronger and I've managed to continue to shave time off of one of my hardest trail marathons. I've also learned a lot of new strength training moves and opened myself up to different ways I can make myself even stronger. I look forward to my future progress.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO? The faster you run, the sooner this will be over.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? It depends what sort of mood I'm in, but I guess anything that makes me feel like a badass.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Shrimp. Yum.

WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? Free Bird. Florence and the Machine's "What Kind of Man" gives me some good raging energy, too