Height : 5′ 8″
Weight Class : HW Masters
Location : Central Maine
Occupation : Self Employed, Farmer
Gym : Beyond Strength, Falmouth, ME
Best OHP : 115lb. Barbell, 110lb. Axle, 100lb. Log, 60lb. Dumbbell
Best Deadlift : 225lb. Barbell, 220lb. Axle, 250lb. 18″
Best Squat : 155lb. x 6 (back) / 135lb. (front)
Best Stone : 180lb.
Best Yoke : 350lb. for 50′
Best Farmers : 130lb. for 50′
How did you get started in strongman? March 2015, post knee surgery, I wanted to continue lifting/strength training and there was a local event 8 weeks out that was in range for Novice division regarding weights, and I wasn’t going against rehab directives! The events intrigued me, and, at first I trained in “stealth” mode as I was a female Masters athlete just starting Strongman! I was hooked as soon as I touched the stones. It wasn’t until November that I gave myself outloud permission to be more focused and pursue Strongman seriously for a year, specifically for LLHs four seasonal events as they speak to the farmer in me! I found a strength coach that has been absolutely fantastic in breaking down the movements and making training fun. Mostly, WHY NOT??!!
Other sports you participate(d) in? I started Crossfit at 40. Did my first triathlons (Sprint and Olympic) and half marathon at 42. Before that I hadn’t been an athlete since my late 20s…
Favorite event : At my first event: Conan’s Wheel. There were so many opportunities to make deals with myself regarding taking another step, getting another quarter turn, whether I really hurt or not, how far could I go and so much more! Stones are always a favorite!
Least favorite event : Ugh. Anything overhead. Log, circus dumbbell. Why? Because I mostly suck at it! I am still learning so many aspects: the breathing, keeping the core engaged, pressing with the entire body… I overthink it and need to learn to embrace the struggle…
Athletic accomplishments / titles : Giving myself permission at age 40 to find my joy in being active again. I have farmed for 17 years and exert enormous amounts of energy making sure all of my customers have what they need. Making time for myself was a massive effort, both in training myself and those folks in my life. The gains by far exceed the losses. Certainly winning Ice Queen 2016, masters division was a surprise! Fuel for my fire!
How often do you train? 5 days per week – one is a low % day, with cardio focus. Fridays are event days at 75-90% comp weight.\
Do you use supplements? Currently doing Renaissance Periodization, cutting templates. SFH whey protein.
What type of nutrition do you have with you on competition day? Solid breakfast high protein/carbs. Protein shake. Epic bars. Chocolate. Coffee.
“I’ve learned a lot. One of the more powerful lessons is that as women in strength sports, we are inspiring each other as well as others at all ages and levels, whether we want to acknowledge it or not… We all start at our own beginning, we just need to trust and believe in ourselves! “
Do you have any training partners? I have one friend that I workout with almost once every week, depending on schedules. It’s nice to have “shoot the sh*t” time. We just lift in a “you do you” format.
Biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your lifting career? Finding enough hours in my days during the summer months! My gym is 1.5 hours from the farm, so the struggle is real, but worth it!
Why do you compete in strongman? Because I can and it makes me happy.
Anyone you’d like to thank / acknowledge for your success? Haha. How long do I have? At the end of the day, I know that I am physically doing the work, but a few specifically: My folks for teaching me to not be afraid of hard work! My partner that continues to try to understand why I would want to leave the farm to go pick up heavy shit. And, of course, my coach for his wealth of knowledge and putting up with me.
Favorite competition you’ve competed in? Why? LLH 2016 Ice Queen. So many “Atta girl”s from strangers. Meeting new friends. The cheering and shouting and coaching tips being yelled at me (specifically during the sandbag struggle) was amazing. So many Strong women…
What is the most important thing you have learned from competing? I’ve learned a lot. One of the more powerful lessons is that as women in strength sports, we are inspiring each other as well as others at all ages and levels, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. It has certainly humbled me to have women compliment me or say that they wish they could do what I do. We all start at our own beginning, we just need to trust and believe in ourselves!
What are your future plans? LLH Queen series for 2016. Local Central Maine Strongman 9 in April. I would also like to compete at least once in Open division! I’m really excited about working with my gym owner/trainer to organize Strongman/woman training days in near future to help people interested in starting Strongman!!