Why did you get into triathlon?
I had been running marathons for several years and felt tired and burned out. I loved cycling so I competed in a few duathlons and placed higher than I anticipated, usually placing in my age group (and I even won one small duathlon). My husband and running friends were switching over to triathlons but I didn't know how to swim. They finally got me into a pool, then a lake, and 3 years later, my first Ironman was complete. I was hooked!
What triathlon experience do you have?
Dozens of sprint and Olympic-distance tri's, 10+ half-Ironmans, and four full Ironmans. I'm also the President of our local triathlon club and race director for our local kids triathlon. My husband is a die-hard Xterra athlete so training and racing is what we do for fun.
What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
Having a good coach! Also, mental toughness, grit, and a little bit of chutzpah come in handy too.
What is your approach to working with athletes?
Listen, listen, listen! I want to know what my athlete's goals are and what they are willing to do to achieve those goals. I also want to know what their barriers are (mentally and physically) so that I can help them overcome those barriers. Pushing yourself further than you ever have before is an amazing experience and one that requires both physical training. This is what I am here for - to provide that training and to make sure my athletes are having fun along the way.
I have a passion for working with women of all sizes and shapes. I have a rich background in the "health at every size" movement and feel very strongly about triathlon being a sport for EVERY woman, regardless of body shape or size OR age. I also have a strong background in working with individuals who have eating disorders or low self-esteem related to body image.
I have worked primarily as a registered dietician for 29 years, and I enjoy helping athletes incorporate the perfect nutrition plan into their training and racing for optimal health.
How have triathlons enhanced your life?
They have greatly increased my confidence! To set a goal and work toward it day after day, through all kinds of weather and through all kinds of pain, and achieving that goal is like being handed a gift: the gift of discovering yourself and what you are made of. It's something everyone should experience and something no one can take away from you.