Every month at True North Strength and Fitness we recognize the efforts of a community member that has broken new ground in their fitness game – either completing a significant event, taking their training to a whole new level, or stepping completely outside of their fitness comfort zone. We hope that by shining the spotlight on their fitness journey, you’ll be educated, motivated, and inspired no matter where you find yourself on your own.

Oh, and virtual high-fives for the featured members are always welcome – because the world can always use more good vibes and high-fives!

This month we’re shining our spotlight on…

What’s your name? Sarah Swallow

How old are you? 44

How long have you been training and how did you get started? Since before True North was True North. I got started because I wanted to feel stronger and healthier.

What’s your sport and/or fitness background? I’ve dabbled in many things, but probably now I’d say cyclist first and everything else second. I’ll give anything a try though.

What’s your most recent sport and/or fitness accomplishment? How long did it take you to prepare? I just started road racing (bicycle) this year and won third place in my most recent race. I was training consistently during the winter, but didn’t do any specific training for the event as the race was entered on a whim, and I didn’t have the time or experience to train specifically.

What does a typical training week look like for you? I usually do two strength training sessions, one metabolic conditioning workout if I can fit it in, and cycle six to seven days per week. I also do some rowing on my Concept2 and lots of walking.

What’s your favorite exercise? Why? I like Kettlebell Snatches. For me, they are the perfect blend of technique and power.

Favorite post-event meal. I had a hot dog and a beer after my last race. Best. Hot Dog. Ever.

What’s the next sport and/or fitness goal you would like to accomplish? I have entered RAMROD (Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day) which is an endurance bike ride of just over 240 kilometers and 10,000 feet of climbing.

What’s your most memorable personal record (PR)? Why? Last year I built myself up to 100 snatches in five minutes with the 20kg (or 44 lbs) kettlebell and I was really proud of that.For what purpose? Just to test myself.

Favorite book. It changes but recently I read the autobiography Bravey by Alexi Pappas and it really spoke to me in terms of training and goal setting, so right now that is the book I’m telling everyone about.

Favorite song. I don’t know if I have a favorite song but Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves never fails to get me in a good mood.

Favorite place you’ve ever travelled to. Maui. I rented a road bike and rode all around the island chasing the sunrise.

Which three words best describe you? Cheerful, funny, enthusiastic.