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|Currently a senior working toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Education at Utah State University.|
|USA Cycling Level II, AASI (snowboarding instructor) Level I|
|Cycling, running, triathletes|
Date of Birth:
June 23, 1980
Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Alta, Wyoming and Logan, Utah. Logan offers family close by and easy access to a myriad of outdoor adventures.
“Only if you reach the boundary will the boundary recede before you. And if you don't, if you confine your efforts, the boundary will shrink to accommodate itself to your efforts. And you can only expand your capacities by working to the very limit.” —Hugh Nibley
Teton High School
Utah State University
Statistics, World History
I decided to pursue training and education as a coach because:
Athletics are analogous to life, it teaches us who we are and what we might become. I love being surrounded by inspiration.
What I liked best about the CTS coaching residency program:
The plethora of knowledge and experiences being willingly shared amongst all levels of coaching staff.
The greatest lesson I learned during the CTS coaching residency program:
You will never know it all—but just as with training, perseverance and consistency will create the greatest advantage.
I like coaching for CTS because:
Limitless experiences from athletes, coaches, camps and training knowledge.
My most rewarding coaching experience:
Private camps with my athletes. They let me put the training and advice I offer from a distance into tangible executions.
The best thing about being a coach is:
Personal motivation to aspire to health in all aspects, physically, mentally, spiritually…
My coaching philosophy is:
Never cease in attempting to help each athlete find the best balance for their life and aspirations.
Never had an athlete fail to finish an Ironman triathlon.
My coaching goals:
Always increase my ability to really hear and understand the athlete.
My proudest moment as a coach:
Crossing the finish line after 206 miles of racing with an endurance cyclist, we rode the last 50 miles together, he finished stronger at 206 than he was at 156 miles.
My worst coaching experience:
Using the wrong words to attempt to inspire…they were too harsh for that individual. Lesson learned.
My area of coaching expertise is:
Creativity in designing training programs that fit into busy schedules—and deepening the mental capacity of athletes.
My strongest coaching quality is:
The best coach I ever had was:
High-school cross-country coach—he should have been my coach, I should have ran cross country, but he was only my teacher, but my most inspiring teacher ever.
The best advice I ever got from him/her was:
If you’re going to do something, do it right.
Distinguished athletes I’ve coached:
They are all distinguished…a cancer survivor who is also chronic heart-condition athlete and never ceases to back down from a challenge.
Athletic Career Highlights
When I started cycling and what got me started:
Mountain biking morphed into road racing and is leading to distance running. The college cycling team president.
Various national-level road cycling races; returning from injury to meet a first-time marathon goal of 3:30:00
What cycling means to me:
It’s where I go to be at one with who I was created to be.
What I like best about cycling:
What I would have done differently in my competitive days if I knew what I know now:
Fear neither failure nor success.
What I would not change:
I went to races that were well above my level of experience, I would do it all again.
My near and far-term athletic goals:
Run healthy, race locally. Finish a marathon in less than 3:00:00
Activities I do for fun and exercise:
Soccer with my son, walk, yoga.
My favorite race/competition and why:
Boise Downtown Criterium—too many primes to count, good competition, awesome crowds.
My best athletic experience:
Top of Utah Marathon, 2006
My worst athletic experience:
Having to quit the T-Mobile International Cycling Team—after being pushed into joining it.
My most embarrassing athletic experience:
Missing my time-trial start time in a stage race.
My strongest athletic quality is:
Using mental training to push through the most physically demanding part of training or racing.
When someone bites their fork when eating.
I get pumped up for competition by:
Knowing the course and that my training has left me prepared.
When I’m not coaching or training I like to:
Learn about life from my son.
If I wasn’t a coach, I would be:
An organic beef cattle rancher.
“Bad” food I just can’t resist:
Does it have sugar….?
When traveling, I never leave without:
Running shoes and/or bike.
The oldest piece of sports equipment I am still using:
A sports bra from 5 years ago…my only sports bra…
In 2020, I plan to be:
Still working on that ever-evasive perfect balance in life, but closer to it than now of course.
The best small bit of advice I can give is:
Allow yourself to be you!
Where I would most like to go and what I would most like to do on a dream vacation:
Help children and mothers in an impoverished nation increase their ability to become more self-sustaining.
Pure relaxation is:
The time that follows a speed-running workout, and sleeping of course.
You would never mistake me for:A high maintenance girl.