Interview with Pam Peterson - CrossFit Games Online Qualifier - Women (55-59) Division

Interview with Pam Peterson

Why did you choose to work towards qualifying for the CrossFit Games?

The last two years, “I realized that I was more resilient than I ever imagined I was.” With my newfound confidence and awakening, I realize that possibilities are truly endless, and I can accomplish anything. When the Open came, I decided to go for it and haven’t looked back. I feel the mind body connection that people talk about and I feel my time now. Some tough years are behind me and since I have released the weight from my past, I now “have space for what I want.” A new life has started for me and I am “going to f@#$ing live it.”

What is your typical day of training?

5:45 am – 9:30 am:

4:15 am: Wake up

5:45 am: go to CrossFit class

6:00 am: Lift weights

After class: Active Life (4x per week), RomWod, Accessories/gymnastic movements , Sauna (1 – 2x per week)

I take two rest days per week and I don’t go to the gym at ALL. Those days are hard because I want to keep working, but Coach Jeb says no.

What is your nutrition plan?

5:00 am: coffee/oatmeal

7:00 am: protein bar/apple sauce

10:00 am: whole egg with four egg whites, turkey bacon, avocado, yogurt with granola

2:00 pm: big salad with everything, at least 4 ounces of chicken

4:00 pm: apple with peanut butter

6:00 pm: protein, half plate of veggies with one of the following – quinoa, yams, brown rice, chickpea pasta

I have a timer set for every 30 minutes to drink water throughout the day.

I eat the same food every day (makes things a lot easier) and working from home helps me stay on point. I cook and prep my grains on the weekend, and I don’t drink alcohol during the week but might have a drink or two on the weekend. I allow one cheat meal, but I don’t really think of it has a cheat meal. If I want a cheeseburger, then I will have one!

What is your mindset when it comes to your goals?

I have been working with Stacy Simmons to help remove negative self-talk, specifically, practicing what you preach. I try to celebrate the wins and having the accountability/support from the NorthFit Staff has been utterly amazing as I know that I couldn’t be where I am without them. We are what we think. Minds develop a story. I started rewriting my story in 2018 when I did Rx in the Open. Coach Trent gave me that extra push. A few phrases I live by are: Believe in yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s a practice, always evolving and growing. Don’t do it alone.

What kind of sacrifices have you had to make?

It’s what I want to do so I don’t feel like it’s a sacrifice.

What does it take to strive to be a Games athlete?

You have to do the work to get the results. Do the work when no one is watching. Diet, sleep, train. No one else cares. People want to support you, but the grind is your own. The message is always there, quiet support and the gentle push will always be there. The quiet support relates to the NorthFit Staff. They are always encouraging and not discouraging.

Who is your biggest supporter?


Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself?

All the time. If you don’t, how do you push yourself? I am being more careful of negative self-talk. I tell myself to work harder, not that I “can’t” do it.

How do you handle pressure?

I like the pressure because it pushes me harder to step it up. I do like the attention and it gets fired up and ready to go. Pushes me to do well.

When is enough, enough?

I don’t know. No timeline.

What does the future hold?

I don’t know. I’m glad I can’t predict the future because then I can keep loving life and continue to make it better.

How does it feel to represent Wisconsin/the United States?

Super amped. Packing for the Wodapalooza, I was like, how many NF tanks do I have? Do I need more? Very proud 😊.

Pam finished in 65th place overall in the world for her division, compared to last year’s 107th place finish. Huge accomplishment!