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Athlete Profile: Mike K.

By avelyne | In Athlete Profiles | on July 19, 2013

Today, we celebrate Mike K’s birthday with a fantastic guest post from his fairer half, Kathy.  Happy Birthday Mike!

Even if you haven’t met Mike in person, you still might recognize his laugh. It is a loud, resounding, joyful sound – one that bursts out of him spontaneously and makes you feel like the funniest person alive. Before I got to know Mike, I was familiar with that laugh and as my best friend once told me when he and I first started dating, one could only be so lucky to be with a guy that happy. Because Mike is, one of the most optimistic, naturally cheerful people I know. Grumpy people smile after they talk to him, and he converses easily and always with a smile with nearly everybody he meets.

Another great characteristic about Mike is how willing he is to help a person out. During Marcus-opedia 2012 (Marcus’s b-day wod), Mike stayed late to help cheer our storied trainer on, put away all the equipment upon my request, and then proceeded to do a number of Marcus’s cash out burpees. Well, that did the trick in catching my attention. Since then, I have not had to carry anything, do a task I don’t like or bring water to the gym. 😉 As those of you know who have ever asked him for anything at the box or outside, if you need something, the guy will always help you out, willingly and happily. It’s really not an act.

Mike turns 35 today (gasp!) but really, I would say most days I see the 8 year old Mike in him.  One who still sees the wonder in life, loves adventure and going off the beaten path (no, he does not stay on any properly groomed snowboarding runs), who might still stick a live wire in an electric socket to see what happens (yes, he did that as a kid), who loves to eat good food and a lot of it too multiple times a day (little Mike used to wait for the Domino’s pizza man to deliver his afternoon snack!), who rides a beat-up beach cruiser around town because he was so stoked to find it discarded by its previous owner, who loves people, conversations and fun times, who kicks butt at everything he does and is truly good person.

Happy birthday babe! Love you and I am super excited to move into our new house tomorrow!

WOD 07.19.2013

Front Squat 3 x 3

1) Partner WOD


  • 1 Rope climb
  • 1 Bear Complex (7 reps)

Rest 2 mins, then

2) Non partner WOD


  • 6 Toes to bar
  • 6 15yd Shuttle runs

18 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Mike K."

  • Date Nite says:

    July 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM -

    Happy birthday Mike! I know you will have a great day. Good to know you are so helpful — how are you at watching babies? 😉 Nice post Kathy.

  • tami says:

    July 19, 2013 at 7:33 AM -

    Happy birthday Mike!!!

  • Laura says:

    July 19, 2013 at 7:44 AM -

    Awwww….such a sweet post Kathy! Happy birthday Mike!!! Congratulations on the house :)

  • Brian says:

    July 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM -

    Happy Birthday big guy. Enjoy the new home! Congrats

  • Randy says:

    July 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM -

    Happy Birthday Mike.

  • Anna says:

    July 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM -

    Awe! Super sweet Kathy!! I’m so excited for your new house too!

    MikeK! If I knew it was your birthday today I would have screamed louder at you across highland yesterday. Happy Birthday!!

  • Xuan says:

    July 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM -

    Happy Birthday WOD Killa!! Hope you have a great time celebrating. Maybe you marinate some of those fantastic Korean ribs and have someone else do the the cooking :)

  • Xuan says:

    July 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM -

    Oh and great post Kathy!

  • cicely says:

    July 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM -

    such a cute post kathy – happy birthday mike and congrats on the house!

  • Amanda says:

    July 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM -

    Happy happy birthday, big Mike.

  • Alia says:

    July 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!

  • james says:

    July 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM -


    I could use some help fixing my car! It actually brings down the real estate value of El Segundo as a whole, so it would benefit the entire community. haha

    Happy Birthday!

  • Mike K says:

    July 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM -

    Thanks for all the love everyone. Appreciate the CF family that Sean and Ruth have created.

    I’ll get back to you all with requests, my “honey do” list has grown!

    Awesome post Kat! I’d like to clarify, I don’t order pizzas from Dominos pizza anymore. Marcus would be disappointed if I did.

  • Holley says:

    July 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM -

    Happy Birthday Mike!!! Definitely a 35 years young! Congrats on the new house you guys!

    Super cute post Kathy, you’re pretty sweet too. :)

  • Josh says:

    July 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM -

    Happy birthday big Mike! Keep destroying those WODs. Congrats on everything else.

  • Michael H says:

    July 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM -

    Yeah buddy! Happy Birthday Mike! Awesome post Kathy, and congrats on the new pad, an awesome bday present to say the least :)

  • Stephanie says:

    July 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM -

    Happy birthday Mike!
    You are the only person I know that laugh’s louder than me :)
    I don’t have to wish you an awesome day because it always seems to be the case.
    Super sweet post Kathy

    1. Ruth says:

      July 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM -

      Happy birthday, Mike! Kathy is right about your laugh! Cade perks up every time he hears it from upstairs! Congrats on the house and good luck with subsequent honeydo tasks!!

      @James, LOL about your car!!!

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