Author Archives: Katja Bavendam

Around the World in 136 Blog Posts – Stop 18: Österreich

When I think of Austria I think of the Alps, like most people probably do. And, assuming that Google is always right, I learned that 62 percent of the country is covered by the Alps, so thinking of mountains when … Continue reading

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Athlete 2.0

I was hesitant when I took my first steps into a CrossFit gym a little over a year ago. I didn’t want this to be another form of exercise that I wouldn’t be able to stick with like so many … Continue reading

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“You have to fall in love first.”

It was the first day of a 6-week women’s only crossfit challenge and we went around the room introducing ourselves. There were a lot of the same stories about wanting more structure and being bored with going through the same … Continue reading

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Around the World in 136 Blog Posts – Stop 17: Türkiye

Adana, Turkey was my first stop as a professional basketball player in 2008. The food was delicious, the roads chaotic, the men hot headed (which might have something to do with the chaotic roads), and the women beautiful and undervalued. … Continue reading

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On Grieving the Living

Have you ever been disappointed by someone? Hurt by the fact that they stopped giving you the attention that you craved? Torn apart by the mean things they said to you when you feel like all you have given them … Continue reading

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti. That’s what my leg felt like when I tried to put pressure on it. Overcooked spaghetti. I knew my knee was fucked but I didn’t know yet that my whole life was about to change. But let’s hit the … Continue reading

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Around the World in 136 Blog Posts – Stop 16: Bhārat

Five years ago, I set out on a virtual journey around the world to honor those that have visited this blog. Back then, my mind was blown that people from 79 different countries clicked their way to this site. Today, … Continue reading

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