Athlete of the MonthAugust

Ericka Alm-Thalmann

Career: Data Reporting Specialist

Years at FireTower Athletics: 2

I can throw around my 250lb bike, instead of it throwing me around

I am 42 and I grew up in Helena. I work at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health in the Analytics Department as a Data Reporting Specialist. I assist hospital staff with reporting their Inpatient and Outpatient clinical data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by specific deadlines, so they meet their data submission requirements under the Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Reporting Programs. I am also a member of the Montana Air National Guard. I have been with both organizations for 20 years. I absolutely love being in the guard, I have been able to travel to Hawaii, Germany, Italy, and England for training, which was wonderful to be able to do. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business from Montana Tech.

I have been married to my husband, Karl, for 14 years. We have a 3-year-old son, Eli, who keeps us very busy!

I started CrossFit in November of 2017 and the reason I decided to try it was because of Spartan Racing, I needed some strength training. The first Spartan race I did was in 2013 when Bigfork held its first Sprint and I loved it! Since 2013, I have done 14 Spartan Races, and I never miss a year. I even did the Montana Sprint in 2015, when I was 3 months pregnant with my son. I absolutely love everything about Spartan racing, the comradery, the challenge of the obstacles, it’s just awesome, plus the free beer at the end tastes pretty good too! I have always loved running and hiking, but I needed more than that if I was going to get better at some of the obstacles, so I thought CrossFit would help with that and it did!

I recently ran the Kickin’ Asphalt Half Marathon and was able to shave a couple minutes off my time from last year, so because of CrossFit, I feel like I am getting faster and stronger.

I also love hitting the trails on my Yamaha TTR230 dirt bike, been riding dirt bikes since I was 10 years old. I have noticed in the past year with doing CrossFit, I am able to maneuver my dirt bike much better. I can throw around my 250lb bike, instead of it throwing me around. In the winter, Karl and I try and get out snowmobiling as much as possible.

The best thing about CrossFit is the people and the variation of the workouts (it’s not boring). I have met some wonderful people and I work out better in a group setting, I tend to push myself harder than I might if I just go to a conventional gym. CrossFit has helped me with my confidence, since at times I tend to focus on what didn’t go right instead of what went right.

My typical day consists of getting up around 6am, so I can get my son and myself ready to go for the day. Go to work at 8am, I do the noon CrossFit class or since it has been so nice, I have been doing short runs on my lunch hour a couple days a week, and then I pick up Eli from daycare after 5pm and then its lights out by 10:30pm.

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