• Jessica Grondahl

One to Watch: Allen Lee, Master's Athlete

Allen Lee comes to the Dakota Games from CrossFit 701 in Fargo, ND.

Allen works as the Urban Forestry Programs Manager for the City of Fargo. He and his wife Nicole have two daughters: Murron and Katrin. Murron is three. Her younger sister Katrin is just two months old. When Allen was asked what life events affected his training in the last year, he responded, "That’s easy, the birth of our second daughter! My training times have generally been unaffected, but my sleep has! It’s all good though, I have the easy part, my wife has the tough job."

Most of Allen's training sessions are un-coached. About two years ago he was following CompTrain programming and knew he needed a slight change. He made the switch to CompTrain Masters programming. Allen shared his nutrition is, "constantly varied!" Their family mostly tries to limit dairy and grains and eat “real” food. When he is being strict he follows Renaissance Periodization.

There are many things Allen enjoys outside of the gym. One of his favorites is, "simply meeting up with friends for a beer in the evenings." He can frequently be found in his wood shop at home and World War II history books are a favorite. Outside of that he enjoys outside things: hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and camping are all on the list. Allen says rest days for him are simple, "no gym time at all." A typical rest day includes heavy doses of grocery shopping, vacuuming, laundry, mowing lawn, kid activities, etc. "I’d love to take time to do some stretching or light aerobic exercises," Allen says, but rest days at the gym are when he plays catch-up at home.

On top of work and being a family man last year's Open season lead to Allen placing 180th of the 25,400+ men in the 40-44 age division. Being in the top 200 qualified Allen to move on to compete in the Master's Online Qualifier for the CrossFit Games. Allen also was Dakota Game's 3rd place podium finisher (tying in points for 2nd place) in the 40-49 division at the 4th annual Dakota Games in 2017.

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