I truly did. I was a powerlifter since the beginning of 2019 and I got very bored. I totaled 1,450 at a meet in October at one of my home gyms. Literally, the day after, I was like, “I’m going to sign up for a Strongman meet at the same gym just to see if I like it.” Then I met my coach, Alec Pagan.
He messaged me on Instagram and was like “Hey, do you want to do Strongwoman seriously? I got a few people DMing me about you and I think you can be one of the best of the best.” I was like, “Who is this guy messaging me?”
I was like, “I am a powerlifter still, I’m doing this for fun.” He’s like, “Let me program you for a few weeks, see how you like it. Let’s do this first comp, get it under your belt.” I was like, “Fine. Sure, let’s do it.”
I won that meet and I was like, “Wow, this is so much better than powerlifting.” It was so much faster. The meet was only like two hours long, instead of powerlifting where you’re sleeping for three hours in between bench and deadlift. I loved it. I loved the fast pace of it. Everyone was super supportive.
Then he said I had to make a decision whether it was to wait for the kern because I qualified for all those big powerlifting meets or if I wanted to stay with Strongwoman and four weeks do Beast of the Bluegrass, which back then that was a Platinum Plus Show which are now Pro Ams and Strongman Corp.
That was an Arnold invite, so I was like let’s do it. Let’s go to Beast of the Bluegrass in Kentucky, great meet and I did win and I got my Arnold bid. Then COVID shut everything down in 2021, the Arnold was cancelled. I wasn’t able to compete in 2021. I needed more experience under my belt so we signed up for the Rainier Pro Am, which is in Seattle.
I ended up getting second place by three points to the GOAT, Victoria Long, which was really awesome. She’s one of my heroes and that was a great experience because I was one of the amateurs competing against some of the best pros in North America.
Then after that, I was invited to official Strongman Games in 2021. I tied for third. I was so close, I made a lot of mistakes. I’m so new to competing in the sport I just made a lot of dumb mistakes that I’ve been really working on. I’ve dominated three events this year, the three that I’ve done. First was the Arnold, then literally the weekend after the Arnold I did Beer Stone in Texas, I won that.