CrossFit Canmore women dominate provincial ranking
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 06:00 am
Kim Purdy and Susan Kun are once again challenging the world, showcasing enough strength, stamina and sweat equity to reach the CrossFit Games Masters qualifier.
Following the worldwide CrossFit Open, which attracted hundreds of thousands of competitors online, Kun and Purdy scored in the top 200 in their age category to qualify for regionals. If they crack the top 20 by this weekend, they will qualify for the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
With one workout to go, Purdy is ranked 32nd in the 45-49 women’s category, while Kun is 85th in the 55-59 women’s category. Kun is also ranked number one in Alberta and fourth in Western Canada. Purdy is ranked fourth nation wide. In a testament to the CrossFit Canmore gym, it’s their best showing to date, as the two competitors have shown strong gains in pursuit of CrossFit Games berths.
“We’ve both been following a new program specific for people trying to go a bit further. It’s a little bit more time consuming and a little more fun,” Purdy said.
Training two hours a day, five days a week, often working out at 5 a.m., the duo have shown excellent commitment to their sport. The Regional challenges have pushed them in many different ways, including their gymnastics and weightlifting skills, and both are looking forward to their conclusion.
“It was hard. My body had to get used to the increased workload. But you learn to maintain. It’s worth it because I’m much stronger than I was last year,” Kun said.
A typical challenge, frankly, is intense. Purdy said one challenge included 55 deadlifts, 55 wall balls, 55 calories burned on the rower and 55 handstand pushups in a 13-minute limit. Competitors had to accomplish as many as they could to advance.
“However far you get counts towards your score. Every rep counts, and the deadlifts have heavy weight,” Purdy said.
More and more CrossFitters are entering the competition, which means the duo have to keep their fitness level high. Locally, 30 athletes entered the competition.
“Two or three years ago, there were 500 women in my category. Now there are 2,700,” Kun said.
Purdy, a pharmacist by trade, said the top-20 was her goal this year. Jumping from 32nd to 20th is not out of the question this weekend, but she knows it will be difficult.
“There have been some athletes jump from 60th to the top 20 on the last weekend, but it’s tough,” Purdy said.
This is her fifth year in CrossFit, after jumping over from running and triathlon, and she’s improved every year, while the competition has gotten harder.
“I think it’s harder than previous years. The weights are getting heavier,” Kun said.