Athlete Profile: Nicole Bowen

Our next athlete profile comes straight out of Anderson, South Carolina.  A Graphic Designer by trade (and the best employee WODcast could ever ask for) she placed in the middle of the pack of a very competitive Women’s Rx division last year and is looking to improve on that placement this year as she takes another run at the Women’s Rx Division.  Nicole is one of many athletes participating from outside the region and we welcome her and her home box of CrossFit Electric City as she throws down with the rest of the Bullet Point community.

Nicole Bowen
Age: 29
Home Town: Aiken, SC
Current Town: Anderson, SC
Home Affiliate: CrossFit Electric City 

Favorite Affiliate/Gym you have visited and why.
Crossfit Mayhem – very friendly, knowledgeable, coaches. Very nice and clean space, has the most up to date equipment and plenty of it! Also Rich trains / owns it ha what else to love than to train near the champ?
Athlete you most admire
Brooke Ence – she is just someone I feel like I could be friends with. Have been watching her vlogs for the past year and she is just an awesome person. Totally BA. Hilarious, trains hard, cooks some mean looking food, and shoots guns! She has been tough throughout all of life challenges from not qualifying in 2016 to having to withdraw due to injury / surgery in 2017. Look forward to seeing her come back this open in 2018!
Favorite Breakfast
Well as of the late.. I have been doing Keto sine June and my typical breakfast consists of Bullet Proof Coffee (12oz coffee, 1 tbsp kerrygold butter, 1 tbsp MCT oil, 2 TBSP Great Lakes Collagen, and 3/4 scoop Ascent Protein) and either a couple eggs or some good quality hard salami.  Not the typical but I also enjoy some epic eggs with sautéed veggies, lots of bacon and avocado / guac.
Favorite WOD from 2017 Bullet Point Open (if you competed)
Zombieland – Interesting combo of the shoulder to oh and wall balls.. and then once your legs are nice and toasted then sprint row 250 for time.. got pretty hairy quick… 
Goals for 2018 Bullet Point Open
Obviously to place higher up that the previous years 🙂 also to challenge myself and see how my new nutrition and training plan has helped me over the past 6mo.
Tell us a little about yourself (FAMILY, JOB, SPORTS, MILITARY, INTERESTS, ETC.)
Graphic Designer by trade, but literally have 100 hobbies. Since I work for a national power tool brand I can feed my inner wood worker with free tools to create some pretty epic gifts and rustic furniture. Other than being at the gym, I love to cook and try to come up with recipes that I can share as well as feel normal but maintain within my macros. Some other fun hobbies of mine include – Hunting (deer, dove, rabbit, etc.) Taking a day at the range and trying to improve my shot, Camping, Hiking, ANYTHING Harry Potter or TMNT (Cowabunga dude…), spending time with my closest friends, crafting through my stress, and learning to play the guitar.
What are your current strengths when it comes to competitions?
I feel that whenever there is a lift coupled with double unders it is always a good workout for me. Also anything that is a max lift or rowing (ha former rower here), I get my empowerment and most adrenaline from these types of workouts. 
What are you continuing to improve on to become a better competitor?
Always trying to improve my technique as well as anything gymnastic. I’m finally getting alot more comfortable with pullups, toes to bar, and getting my bar muscle ups back.. but ring anything is and has always been my nemesis. I blame my janky shoulders 😛 I am strong in my should except in those compromising positions.
Why do you compete?
I have always been involved in some sort of sport growing up and after my collegiate rowing days I was looking for something to fulfill my competitive edge. I found crossfit and have been hooked ever since. The sport that constantly humbles me is what brings me back for more!
What were your favorite competitions that you been a part of to date and what about them made them your favorite?
– Independence Games (Florence, SC) One of the largest one site competitions I have ever competed in (over 350 athletes across all divisions). Very well run event and challenging which I appreciate. The post all workouts ahead of time, however upon arriving they always change something or add a “twist” to make it that much suckier. Love it! Constantly varied.
– Bullet Point (Everywhere) – Other than the open this was my first online competition where I had to submit my workouts to and talk about an adventure! I feel like this has been the true beginning of my online competing and cannot wait to do more. Also pretty sweet swag is always involved whether for sale or for prizes.
Would you recommend others to make competition a part of their fitness routine?
Yes absolutely! A healthy dose of competition is necessary in life! In a world of snowflakes (and i mean the participation trophy types) setting goals, getting out of your comfort zone, and being epic is what makes life worth living. Plus the community / atmosphere during a competition is indescribable. It doesn’t matter who are everyone is cheering for YOU! My heart is truly full whenever I compete.
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