21 Minute AMRAP
7 Bar muscleups
14 Burpee box jump overs (24″/20″)
21/18 Calorie row

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Katie, Dan and Amy


What Would Katie Do?

This past weekend, Amy and I went to San Diego to celebrate the life of a dear friend, Katie, who recently lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Katie was just shy of 50 years old and left behind a loving husband and 2 young children. To say that she will be greatly missed is a gross understatement.

We first met Katie when we lived on Guam. We got to know her and her husband much better when we moved to San Diego and lived just a mile away from them. We became fast friends, spending a lot of time together training for triathlons and marathons. Katie’s husband, Steve, is quite a character. He is known for coming up with crazy training rides and runs that we often didn’t know the exact details of. It was not uncommon for us to end up the day 10 miles or more over our planned distance on a bike ride. During nearly every training session, you were guaranteed to hear Steve say, “So, at this point, I’m not exactly sure where this road takes us, but it should link up to where we want to go.” This would be immediately followed by Katie saying, “You know what, Steve Jurman!” I would give nearly anything to hear her say that one more time.

In addition to her athletic abilities and great sense of humor, there was something else that always struck me about Katie. She was like a hummingbird … always moving. When Amy and I would arrive at their house for a bike ride, usually several minutes late, we wouldn’t find Katie sitting on the front step waiting for us. She would often be found in the house, with her bike shoes and helmet on, running the vacuum through the living room. If we were about to leave and go out to dinner and someone said, “Hang on, I’m just going to to the bathroom quick,” Katie would take that opportunity to send out one last email or put something away or do something productive.

I’m notorious for having a task that needs accomplishing and saying, “Well, I only have 30 minutes. That’s not enough time to get anything done,” and then putting said task off until … well, sometimes forever. As I reflect back on my friend Katie and what her friendship meant to me, I’m going to challenge myself to view things through the lens of “What would Katie do?” If I have 5 minutes before I need to head out the door, would it be better for me to scroll through my Instagram feed or should I put the dishes away in the dishwasher? If I’m at the gym and I’m 5 min early to class, should I stand around waiting for class to start or should I get in a little work on my notoriously bad flexibility?

While there is certainly a case to be made for down time and just chilling out on occasion, there is also a case to be made for taking advantage of opportunities that are in front of you. Two minutes here, 4 minutes there can often save you 10 to 20 minutes later.

Katie’s story reminds me that life is fleeting and it is our duty to take advantage of every minute we are fortunate enough to get.