Athlete Profile: Nicole Kuechler

Name: Nicole Kuechler
Age: 27
Home Town: Kewaskum, WI
Current Town: Slinger, WI
Home Affiliate: Kettle Moraine CrossFit
Favorite Affiliate/Gym you have visited and why: Q-Town CrossFit in Quincy, Illinois. Not only was it amazing to have Sam Dancer as a coach, but everyone at the gym was so welcoming. It felt just like being at my home gym. They are very active in their community and are passionate about giving back.
Athlete you most admire: Gosh, that’s a hard one. There are so many great athletes. If I had to pick a known CrossFit icon, it would be Dan Bailey. He is a class act and is a great representation of the sport. I follow Ben Bergeron religiously as well. Though he’s known more for his coaching, he’s a great athlete as well. Also, I could probably find one quality of every person in my gym that makes me want to come back every day. It’s why we do what we do. We’re a family.
Favorite Breakfast: I eat almost the same thing every single day. Coffee (duh!), two egg omelet loaded with veggies, feta, and of course, BACON, side of plain oatmeal with raspberries and strawberries. (PS. I added broccoli to my omelet once. It was pretty damn good.)
Favorite WOD from 2017 Bullet Point Open (if you competed): That’s easy… Red Dead Revolver! Pistols and doubles are my jam.
Goals for 2018 Bullet Point Open: I of course would want to improve from last year. More importantly, I want to inspire others in my gym. #KMCFnation, if you’re reading this, please join me in January!!!
Tell us a little about yourself (FAMILY, JOB, SPORTS, MILITARY, INTERESTS, ETC.) 
I am an Underwriter by day, CrossFitter by night. Wife to Matt Kuechler. Dog mom to our fox red labrador, Oakley. Burn Survivor. Only child. Aspiring wine connoisseur (I like to think so anyways). When I am not in the gym, you can probably find me drinking coffee and watching CrossFit, reading about CrossFit, or thinking about CrossFit (ask my Husband ☺).
What are your current strengths when it comes to competitions? I do my very best to take one event at a time and focus on what I can control and not what I can’t. As Ben Bergeron says, this is summed up by Mat Fraser’s Serenity Prayer tattoo: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
If you haven’t read Ben’s newest book, Chasing Excellence, you need to. Even if you are not a CrossFit competitor, everything from that book can be used in everyday life.
What are you continuing to improve on to become a better competitor? Gymnastics movements, but mainly my mindset. I can work on gymnastics, OLY lifts, and conditioning for hours on end, but it is what is between the ears that is the hardest to train. Confidence is a constant struggle for me. Competition is really when I put that to the ultimate test.
Try to follow the Success Equation: EVENT + RESPONSE = OUTCOME
Why do you compete? It keeps me hungry and humble.
What were your favorite competitions that you been a part of to date and what about them made them your favorite? Fittest Farmhand in 2016 for sure. We literally got to compete on the CrossFit Games grounds in Madison, WI (though we didn’t know it at the time ☺). The setup was incredible and the workouts were super fun! It was also a team competition which are my favorite.
Would you recommend others to make competition a part of their fitness routine? YES! People do amazing things in competition. It exposes your weaknesses and tells you more about what you need to work on than anyone else can. It allows you to become the best version of yourself. It also makes relationships with teammates, coaches and friends stronger. There is nothing I love more than throwing down with my best friends on a Friday night during the Open. How you feel afterwards is indescribable; it’s a natural high.
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