Athlete of the MonthFebruary

Casey Pearson

Career: Engineer

Years at FireTower Athletics: 3

Suddenly, everything else feels easy in comparison and I’ve become a happier more positive person because of it.

I have always been one of those people that loves being a part of a team, I seek out things that make me feel like I’m part of something bigger, somewhere to belong, and that’s what CrossFit is to me.

I’ve always been the most average athlete you could imagine, I’ve always had way too many hobbies to ever be very good at one thing, and to be honest, I’m not very coordinated. I played soccer in high school, but I wasn’t that good. I didn’t devote myself to it like the other girls. I didn’t play club soccer or practice in my free time. Soccer season overlapped with hunting season and in the Spring I was too busy with rodeo, but regardless, I was always that girl that got voted “hardest worker” for end of season awards because I had all of the “try” and none of the talent.

I spent my first few years of college going to Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, where I’m from. They had a Logger Sports team and it seemed like my kind of sport, so I joined. It was like redneck track and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Finally, I had found my kind of people. The kind of people that just want to work hard and have fun. The three years I was on the team it was the ultimate underdog story. A team of hard-working rural kids from a Community College in Montana that didn’t have the money to go to a four-year school, absolutely destroying bigger Universities, like Cal Poly and U of M at competitions. SO MUCH FUN. You’re asking what this has to do with CrossFit? I’m getting there!

When I transferred to Montana Tech to finish my engineering degree, I struggled to find a place where I fit. That’s where CrossFit comes in. I was looking for a way to stay in shape, but I think I was honestly just looking for an awesome group of people, the same type of people that I found in Logger Sports. That’s the cool thing about CrossFit, it attracts hard working people that check their ego at the door and aren’t afraid to fail. It also attracts women that aren’t afraid to be strong and men that aren’t intimidated by strong women. In a society that is constantly telling women they need to be smaller, CrossFit came along and told us it’s ok to have muscles and it’s cool to be strong. It’s so refreshing to be part of a community that celebrates what women (and men) can do and not what they look like.

For me the benefits of CrossFit have been more mental than physical. Sure, I have bigger muscles than I used to, but I’ve always had big muscles for a girl (farm girl problems). The difference is that now I’m ok with those muscles. I’m ok with gaining a few pounds because I know it’s healthy weight. The biggest change has been the mental strength that comes from pushing through a hard workout, the ability to go harder when the coach says, “one minute left”. That kind of mental strength transfers into the rest of life. It’s the same strength you need to say no to that chocolate chip cookie and the same strength you need to keep a positive attitude when you’re five miles from the truck, in a snow storm, with half an elk on you back and your whole body hurts. Sorry, that was oddly specific, but you get my point. CrossFit is good for you physically, but I would argue it’s just as good for your mind. I have found that by purposely adding a little “pain and suffering” into my everyday life, it has shifted my perspective on everything else in life. Suddenly, everything else feels easy in comparison and I’ve become a happier more positive person because of it. CrossFit has enriched my life outside the gym more than I could have ever imagined. I’m so grateful to have finally found “my tribe”. Thank you for supporting me and constantly pushing me to be better.

Typical Day

5:30 am – Wakeup

6:00 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Work

5:30 pm – CrossFit

7:30 pm – Dinner

9:00 pm – Bed

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