CrossFit Fenway Worldwide: Kate in Alaska

Our own Kate Roche was in Alaska this past summer for a family wedding.  She went out a few days early with her boyfriend to do some things normally reserved for Discovery Channel survival shows, putting her CrossFit training to use in the process.

A little sore from walking lunges and several hours of air travel, Kate began her adventure with a hike up Mount Marathon (3,000′) in Seward, AK.  Next they paddled 8 miles to Thumb Cove to camp under mountains and glaciers.  The following morning they had an 8 mile return paddle, on which they saw a lot of wildlife including bald eagles and humpback whales.  Despite her lack of experience with sea kayaking, Kate says she wasn’t sore from 16 miles of ocean paddling, crediting CrossFit.

After Seward, they headed back towards Anchorage.  Including an overnight backpacking trip with a hike into Rabbit Lake, a large glacial lake right below the Suicide Peaks.  They camped there that night in the shadow of huge 5000′ mountains.  The next morning they hiked and spent a couple of hours scrambling up a 45 degree incline with loose gravel before walking out. 

Kate wraps up the story nicely, so in her own words:

It was an absolutely incredible trip & I’m so happy to relive part of it right now — the outdoor stuff was amazing, the ocean & mountains & wildlife & scale of everything was just unreal.  And then to wrap it all up with a super fun family wedding at the end was really just the icing on the cake.  And, of course, to feel like Crossfit had prepared me for 16 miles of sea kayaking in 2 days, & hiking/backpacking without being sore was pretty amazing too.

October 12, 2011
Push Press 2-2-2-2-2-2


5 Ground-to-Overhead (60kg/45kg)
7 Burpee Box Jumps (24″/20″)

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14 thoughts on “CrossFit Fenway Worldwide: Kate in Alaska”

  1. @ Kate — That looked like an amazing trip! I was born in Alaska but we moved when I was quite young and I’d love to check it out for real someday.

    “Be Kind to Your Left Shoulder Day”
    Dead Lift 3-3-3-3-3 — 100kg, PR
    CF Baseline (500m row, 40 squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 push-ups, 10 pull-ups) — 5:05

    This was a 6-second improvement over my last baseline, but I was really hoping for sub-5. It was largely mental; I didn’t fight through the squats very well. Now I have a new October goal.

    Way to get Hump Day going, Morning Crew…

  2. Push Press: worked up to 35kg but my 3rep max is around 40, so I definitely had more in me had time permitted.

    WOD: 4+9. holy cow thank god i went with 35kg. even the first rep felt heavy trying to get that thing over my head.

  3. Push Press: 70kg (psyched!)
    WOD: 5 rounds RX (Need to get better at using a 60kg barbell in the workout. Heavy but fun!).

  4. Push Press: 65kg (70kg x 1)

    WOD: 4+7Rx
    Weight got heavy quick. Burpees didn’t suck as much as I thought they would, but really wanted to get 5 rounds of this wod. Kinda disappointed. New motto from Coach Erika: No failed reps. Nice work 6 pm’ers.

  5. Thinking about tonight a bit more, I really like the 60kg weight for clean and jerks. For where I am right now, it feels like a perfect “threshold weight”…much lighter and I can get away with bad form, much heavier and it will just feel heavy no matter what, but right at 60kg having good form will make a huge difference between it feeling heavy and almost (*almost*) feeling light. I can really feel the difference when everything fires correctly.

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