In this episode of the BarBend Podcast, we’re talking to CrossFit Games athlete, Kristine Best. While fans may know her as an elite CrossFit athlete, most of the people she works with every day know her as something else: a teacher.
Unlike other Games-level athletes — who build lives around training full time — Kristine is a full time special education teacher. This means balancing training with a highly-demanding day job, and because of that the sacrifices she makes are bit unlike what most other high level athletes shoulder at the top of their game.
We talk about how the demands of both teaching and training help motivate her to keep pushing and much more.
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On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Kristine Best about:
- Her experience competing in Stage 1 of the CrossFit Games (2:00)
- The handstand hold event (5:15)
- The 1000-meter row event (9:45)
- How she felt the day and weeks after Stage 1 (14:25)
- The fatigue of competition and how to recover (17:00)
- Balancing an intense full-time teaching job with elite-level training (19:35)
- When your colleagues don’t know your an elite level athlete (23:45)
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