What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?
I rode racehorses as a career for 15 years
What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?
Winning an age group award at Augusta 70.3 and also qualifying for the NYC Marathon
What motivates/inspires you?
As a personal trainer, I love seeing newcomers build confidence both in the gym and/ or on the race course. You see their entire outlook on life change as they become stronger and healthier. As a coach, it it even more thrilling to see my athletes succeed than it is to have a good race myself.
What is your personal mantra?
You can do hard things.
What person has most shaped your life, why?
My husband Damien. We were both on a path to destruction. On June 1, 2008 we quit drinking and partying and never looked back. Our newfound energy led us first to hiking, then to running and competing. We never would’ve ended up here if it wasn’t for each other.
Where are the best places to follow you online?
Facebook: Rocksport Training
What is your favorite Amrita Bar?
Chocolate Maca Protein Bar
What is your day job?
NASM personal trainer and USA Triathlon multisport coach
What is your location?
Are you plant-based, why or why not?
Absolutely. I have been 100% plant based since 2012 and it has been one of the decisions I’ve ever made. I am vegan for the animals, the earth and my health.
What sport do you compete in?
Triathlon and running
How did you get started in your sport?
I started as a runner and after watching a triathlon, I caught the bug.
Why did you continue with your sport?
As someone with an addictive personality, triathlon and running fulfill those needs in a healthy and wonderful way.
How did you get into teaching/training others?
The hard life of riding racehorses was beginning to take a toll on my body and I knew it was time for a career change. At age 35, I attended a year long personal training program (I was already obsessed with the science of fitness) and it has been a natural fit.
What is your favorite workout, why?
Every week I look forward to my Saturday long runs. I meet with a wonderful group at about 4:45am, and for 2-3 hours, we have the city to ourselves. You can not beat that peaceful, predawn zen.
What affect has Amrita had on your training?
I love that it delivers my need for real food. Both the energy bars and protein bars are the perfect, satisfying snack to take on those long rides.
What is your favorite race, why?
You can not beat the Boston Marathon
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?
Two hours and forty five minutes before the start, I eat a bowl of overnight oats with banana, walnuts, flax seed and a bit of protein powder. I then attempt to go back to bed until I absolutely have to wake up!
What gets you most excited to compete?
The adventure that awaits. You never know what could happen on race day.
What gives you an advantage over your competition?
My expertise in strength and mobility training. I attribute it to my extremely low rate of overuse injuries, which I also see in the athletes that I coach.
What are some resources you use for information on training, diet, etc?
The Rich Roll Podcast, Endurance Planet Podcast, Marathon Training Academy Podcast, recipes from Oh She Glows and Minimalist Baker, and following exceptional strength coaches like Eric Cressey, Tony Gentilcore, Jordan Syatt and Girls Gone Strong.
What are your goals for 2017?
The Boston Marathon in April and Ironman Chattanooga in September. After competing in many half Ironmans, this will be my first attempt at a full.
What are the most important races you have scheduled for 2017?
Boston and Chattanooga
Advice to others:
Not exercising is as detrimental to your health as smoking, or tanning beds. It’s something we really should all be doing, whether it’s an endurance event, short strength session or a brisk 20 minute walk. Just get moving!
What tip(s) do you have for new athletes?
Make friends in the sport. We love to welcome newcomers, and will be more than happy to help.