Why did you get into triathlon?
I was a rower and ultra runner and then my friend in Grad school got me into riding. The rest followed! It was a means to mix up training in the Massachusetts winter with swimming and running, and then exploring on the bike. I do have to say that I fell in love with riding and now gravitate towards more riding and less swimming! I lean toward off road all the way - trail running, mountain biking, open water swimming (preferable sans wetsuit...).
What triathlon experience do you have?
The gamut! I started sprint duathlons and tris and then went olympic and 70.3. I raced high level Ironman for New Zealand that landed me in Kona a few times, then took a break to do pro bike racing (road), retired from that and went back to triathlon via Xterra. My final race was XTerra Worlds in Maui at 6 weeks pregnant (found out the weekend before I left to the race... LOL).
What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
Recovery! Listening and fueling the body for a lifestyle, not just performance.
What is your approach to working with athletes?
I want to know who they are and how they tick. I work to help athletes implement small, objective measurements of change to make them feel better across the board. I also approach working with athletes fully knowing that women are completely different from men!
How have triathlons enhanced your life?
"Outside is free" freedom for the body, soul, and mind ... it is fitness, friends, science, lifestyle.... all things that create havoc and balance.