Fitness on Fleek 2

Local athletes give us a glimpse into their athletic lives

B eing an athlete calls for physical fitness—strength in our limbs, in our core, in our breathing, in our bellies, and without question, in our dedication. It’s no wonder that our local athletes have these qualities, and use them to not only fuel their passion but to maintain a healthy lifestyle, too. 

Two Missoulians—Tyler Turco, champion saddle bronc rider, and Carrie Moe, runner and weight trainer—have taken their fitness to new heights. For Tyler, it’s the whiplash motion of an eight-second ride, four hooves leaping and bounding with a rowdy rodeo crowd as the backdrop. For Carrie, mother of two boys, being an athlete means keeping up with her sons in whatever sport or game they choose. It’s also meant pushing herself past comfort zones and running toward new milestones.

No matter what challenges and successes lie before them, determination and dedication don’t come and go with the season. It’s all heart, every day. 

 

Tyler Turco, Saddle Bronc Rider

Age: 21

Give us the grub. What’s a good snapshot of your daily nutrition?

A lot of meat, usually wild game or beef, which provides me with a lot of protein. 

How do you exercise? What’s the most important part of your workouts?

I go to the gym, run, and ride horses. The most important part of my workouts is keeping my body and muscles in good shape. They go through a lot of stress when I compete so keeping my body in shape reduces the chance of serious injury. 

What’s your goal as an athlete?

My short term goal is always my next ride. I like to compete to my best ability and ride each horse aggressively, one ride at a time. My long term goal is to win the Permit Finals, Big Sky Region, College Finals, and making it to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. 

What’s the hardest part of being a saddle bronc rider?

Staying healthy and riding consistently. 

Biggest sacrifice you’ve made as an athlete?

Being on the road. It takes me away from friends and family. Money, too. In rodeo, you have to pay to play. There are entry fees for every rodeo I compete in so when I compete I’m basically betting on myself to win. 

In the kitchen, what’s your guilty pleasure?

Eggnog! 

What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

I hunt and fish when I’m on the road away from home. I’m also single. 

Biggest accomplishment?

Winning the Mountain States Circuit Finals, which qualified me to ride in the Ram National Circuit Finals in Florida, and being the top college saddle bronc rider in the nation.

Carrie Moe, Runner & Weight Trainer 

Age: 47

Give us the grub. What’s a good snapshot of your daily nutrition?

I literally eat 6-8 times per day, clean and lean. Every day, I have a protein shake, greek yogurt, a chicken and vegetable bowl, rice cakes with peanut butter and jelly. I don’t restrict myself from anything, except alcohol. I cook as much from scratch as possible, using organic produce and meat, and I stay away from preservatives and GMOs. 


How do you exercise? What’s the most important part of your workouts?

I run and weight train five days a week, spin twice, swim once, and I try to get to yoga or barre once a week, too. The most important part of my workouts are strength training and core work. As a runner, movement is front to back. I work hard to strengthen all of the helper muscles that support my side-to-side movement and keep my core engaged in order to keep injury at bay.
 

What’s your goal as an athlete?

Being the best version of myself, continuing to put my toe on the start line, and stepping outside of my comfort zone to see what I’m capable of. I want to be a part of whatever adventure my kids come up with. Skiing, boogie boarding, hiking, swimming, biking, cliff jumping, whatever it is, I’m in! 


What’s the hardest part of your job as a mother and your being an athlete?

Finding balance. Both of my boys swim with the YMCA swim team, which means 7-9 practices a week. With all four people in my house working out at least once a day, you wouldn’t believe the laundry and cooking I do!

Biggest sacrifice you’ve given as an athlete?

Time. Looking back, the biggest sacrifice that I have made was missing a Halloween with my boys so that I could run the New York Marathon. 

In the kitchen, what’s your guilty pleasure?

My mom’s huckleberry pie, buttercream icing, and frosted shortbread cookies. 

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I didn’t run a single race until after my first son was born. My husband and I moved to Missoula when I was 7 months pregnant and I joined the YMCA the next day. It is the running community and support that the Y has given me that encouraged me to start running.
 

Biggest accomplishment?

My marriage of almost 18 years to my husband, Shawn. He is my best friend, greatest supporter, and the love of my life. Also, raising our boys and running my first marathon with a time fast enough to qualify me to start in the sub-elite heat at the Boston Marathon.