WHY DO YOU RACE? WHAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR ENDURANCE SPORTS?
Growing up I would fall asleep to the sound of my dad running on his treadmill. He has run over 100 marathons and a handful of ultras. It would have been surprising if I didn't get into running. I ran cross country and track through high school and didn't start running again until I moved to Minneapolis after college. I reconnected with a high school friend through running and we eventually trained for our first marathon together. I tend to get emotional at finish lines, they are one of the happiest places on Earth. Being a part of that is why I race.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TRAIN AT KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
I like to say the universe brought me to Kingfield. I trained for my first triathlon last summer and I had the running and biking down but needed help with swimming. I stumbled upon Northstar and started swimming with Lea. Before officially joining Kingfield I decided to send Lea an email asking if she was interested in having an intern. The stars aligned and Intern Karl was born.
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO KINGFIELD ENDURANCE?
The community and opportunity to learn. Kingfield is an inspiration factory full of badass athletes and two great coaches.
HOW HAS THE CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPACTED YOUR ENDURANCE SPORT(S) PERFORMANCE?
It has made me feel more complete as an athlete. The strength programming through Kingfield Endurance builds the base needed to stay healthy and thrive in our endurance sports. (football injuries notwithstanding).
DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO?
Rehabbing from an ankle injury over the last 5 months has me reflecting often on gratitude. Even though I still cannot run and my workouts are scaled back, I am thankful for being able to move my body. I think that attitude of gratitude will stick and I will have a greater appreciation for my body and what it is capable of going forward.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORKOUT OR MOVEMENT? While you may feel like you are dying, an assault bike workout can be life affirming.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Potatoes. Roasted, mashed, fried, hashed.
WHAT IS YOUR POWER SONG? Fade Away by Logic.