Kara Saunders On Her Sponsors And A Post-Partum Podium
The baby break was certainly “good timing.”
“I definitely was ready to take a little break anyway and now I get to sit and see how this all goes,” Kara Saunders said.
The seven times Games athlete is referring to the myriad of changes to the CrossFit Games this season – everything from qualifying to what’s in store for athletes in Madison next month.
That says a lot coming from a woman who’s competed at the Games every year since 2012. As a spectator this time around, Kara’s come to terms with the fact that when she returns, competing in CrossFit “looks different now.”
“I think a lot of people are going to have to make a choice whether they want to do this or they don’t want to do … they might have to travel more or whatever it may be.”
Saunders is not deterred one bit. In fact, she’s already planning her return.
The Games of yesteryear have boasted comeback-queens post-pregnancy — the likes of Valerie Voboril (3rd in 2013), Charity Vale and Carey Kepler (2nd and 3rd in 2009) — but Kara would be the first mother on the podium in more than half a decade, if she qualifies in 2020.
“I would like to compete for a couple more years and then potentially after that, have a second one and then maybe stop or change my role a little bit in the sport,” she said.
A big part of Kara’s current role and income is from her major sponsors (Nike, ROMWOD, Bear Komplex and ATP Science) who have “pretty much all” supported her throughout her pregnancy.
“I think a woman should be entitled to take that time, it’s not a long period of time and it’s no different than an injury,” she said.
Definition: 1 — a mat placed before or inside a door for wiping dirt from the shoes. 2 — one that submits without protest to abuse or indignities. 3 — a team that regularly finishes last.
That was me. Items one, two and three. Welcome to Doormatsville, population 1.
That was not always the case, though. In my hay day I was spunky, fun and so, so loud. I enjoyed being the center of attention and standing out in a crowd. I hated being average. I hated being ignored.
But, when you find yourself in an abusive relationship, you begin to lose.
Over the course of our ten years, I allowed him to convince me that my friends and family members were trying to keep us apart and poisoning my mind. I had pushed away people I could trust, hobbies I once loved, and everything that made me who I was so I could fit into his mold of who he expected me to be. I lost friends and family members who didn’t understand. I lost jobs. I lost memories.
Finally, I lost me.
After the relationship ended, I thought the healing would automatically begin. I didn’t know how hard it would be to recreate an entire human being from nothing.
WATCH: Armen Hammer Visits Cookeville
Armen Hammer visited Cookeville, TN for some time with Rich Froning and friends. He didn’t get to sit down with Rich for an actual interview so instead, he followed him around asking him sneaky questions as he went, compiling them into what he calls “Lots of Questions with Rich.” HEY RICH.
HEAR: How to “Do” Personal Growth with Dr. Sean Pastuch
Dr. Sean Pastuch of ActiveLifeRX was a guest on the Brute Strength podcast with Michael Cazayoux, where he chats about some of the recent changes in the CrossFit community, as well as a message to gym owners on how to improve their gym and become more self-aware. BE A MASTERMIND.
WIN: A Revtown Crate with Two Pairs of Jeans, Two Shirts and a Tee
What makes Revtown the best jeans of 2019? Mobility, mobility, and…you guessed it, mobility. These super comfortable jeans are made by a few ex-Under Armour guys who took everything they knew about performance apparel and applied it to your new favorite jeans. We’ve teamed up with Revtown to give one of our subscribers a Revtown Crate, on us. ENTER TO WIN.
EAT: Carrot Cake Smoothie
This recipe is for a delicious, healthy, carrot cake smoothie made with raw carrots, banana, pineapple, creamy coconut milk, greek yogurt, and plenty of cozy spices. This protein-packed carrot cake smoothie makes the perfect breakfast or post-workout snack so you can have your cake and eat (drink) it too. GET THE BLENDER.
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RAGNAR AT THE GAMES — For the second straight year Ragnar Relay will be hosting a spectator event at the Reebok CrossFit Games. The team relay race will take place immediately following the conclusion of Coliseum events on Saturday night. The start and finish for the run will utilize much of the Run/Swim/Run course from 2017.
GYMNASTICS SEMINAR IN FL — CrossFit Iron Legion in Ocala, FL is hosting a gymnastics seminar with Simon Nieland from the UK on September 14 – 15. This is the first time Simon will be hosting a seminar stateside. Athletes and coaches will be run through what execution of the basics feels like, necessary skill progressions and mobility and flexibility for all skills covered, with explanations of how best to approach the work.
GIRLS GONE RX HAVASU — Registration opened yesterday for the 1st annual Girls Gone Rx in Lake Havasu at Nakoma CrossFit, bringing all types of women together to benefit Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization that helps save lives from breast and ovarian cancer.
CROSSFIT UNDISCLOSED NEW FLOORS — CrossFit Undisclosed is an outdoor military affiliate in Al Udeid AB, Qatar, providing CrossFit through for people of all services and nations. As an affiliate, the U.S. military cannot endorse or fund them, so they have started a GoFundMe for long overdue new floors.
GRAND OPENING — Mass Effect Fitness and Training in Shrewsbury, MA is holding a grand opening on Saturday, July 20. There will be a community workout with a potluck after party. All are welcome.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
10 Lifts to Get You Ready for the 2019 CrossFit Games — In just a few weeks, the 2019 CrossFit Games kicks off. More than 300 individual athletes are heading to Madison, WI and here are a few big lifts from their training.
National Champion of Pakistan on Going to the Games — The female national champion of Pakistan, Mishka Murad, recently shared what representing Pakistan in Madison means to her.
— “And something like CrossFit for example, or the act of lifting weights, is still something that is slowly picking up but even now, the idea is that you want to be feminine, you want to still take up as little space as possible, and I just don’t fit into those ideas.
— “I think what people forget is being able to partake in CrossFit is a privilege. And that’s not available to a lot of us.”
The Importance of Self-Talk During Training — In a recent study of the effectiveness of self-talk while training, sports psychology researchers at Bangor University found that using the pronoun ‘you’ was more effective than first person pronoun “I.”
— “Our findings from 16 active males indicate that second person self-talk generated significantly greater power output and faster time-trial performance than first person self-talk. Interestingly, the participants did not report noticing any difference in ratings of perceived exertion. So they were able to do more work but didn’t notice any difference in workload.”
To the citizens I’ve promised to serve, you deserve the best. You deserve me at the highest level, at any time. I will never know when you’ll need me, but I will do all I can for you. I will fight my best fight, and I will never give up on you.
I remember all of you.
I remember walking up to your car at three in the morning with the 50 pound hydraulic cutters in my hand. While I cut on one side of the car, my partner cut on the other. We had to remove the roof of your car to free your trapped body.
Your house caught fire from a lightning strike. We searched your flame-filled home to make sure your family was completely out as another crew brought the hoseline in to extinguish the flames.
After, we spent quite a bit of time pulling ceiling, tearing down walls and ensuring there was no fire spread that had been missed. Our turnout gear, air packs and masks stayed on the entire time to keep us safe from any remaining debris in the air.
We did CPR on your husband for a really long time. He had collapsed in a small corner of your home and you didn’t know why. We started an IV and gave him the medicines he needed to start his heart again.
We then carried him down the stairs and to the ambulance where we continued to care for him on the way to the hospital. Weeks later, your husband came by our fire station to thank us for saving him.