I have coached athletes throughout my adult life, from a youth summer swim team, to a U-13 club volleyball team, to a high school volleyball team. I became a certified indoor cycling coach in 2008, which inspired me to start up a small but mighty triathlon club in 2015-2016 in Hillsboro, Oregon.
I knew I wanted to coach endurance athletes soon after meeting my coach, mentor, friend and founder of Soles Inspired, Scott Beesley, in 2014. I found myself fascinated by the process and amazed at the gains I made under Scott’s guidance. That experience led me to becoming a certified triathlon, swimming and cycling coach.
Now, I am so grateful that I can share my passion for triathlon and endurance sport with other highly motivated, talented and driven athletes and guide them to achieve their performance goals.
I’m a lifetime athlete, starting from age 3 when my parents wisely enrolled me in gymnastics as an outlet for my inability to sit still. It was either that or tie me to the back of the car and drive around, making me run after it until I finally tired myself out (or so the story goes). Once I discovered at age 10 that I was way too tall to be a gymnast, I participated and found success in a variety of team sports – swimming, soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball.
I discovered triathlon in my early 30s and after a season or two, found myself on the podium at several local Olympic distance events. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was doing long course events and ultimately had a successful showing at Ironman 140.6 Canada in 2015. In 2018 a chronic hip injury caught up with me and forced me to the sidelines for a couple of years. I thought my race days were behind me, but thanks to my amazing team, I was inspired to dip my toes back in to the racing waters and returned to start line in 2021 at IM 70.3 Washington, managing a podium finish and punching a ticket to IM 70.3 Worlds in 2022. So the journey continues.
I started my coaching career shaping teenagers in the sport of diving while attending university. After college I moved back to Alaska and found myself at my old diving club helping out. Before I knew it, I was coaching the club, high school swimming and diving, and high school wrestling.
In 2014, I moved to Colorado and started competing in triathlons. Everyone I have met in this sport has contributed to my success as an athlete. It takes a village…no, a family, to do this sport day in and day out. I want to pass along all the knowledge I’ve gained and lessons learned from mistakes I have made to fellow athletes.
My goal as a coach is to share the wonderful world of endurance sports with my athletes!
My athletic career started as soon as I could walk. The first time my parents took me to a pool I ran and jumped in without knowing how to swim. I grew up playing a variety of sports from hockey to soccer to diving. At University of North Dakota, I received 4 all American titles as a springboard diver.
My triathlon career started in 2015 when I moved to Denver, Colorado. In 2016 I completed my first 70.3 in Boulder, Colorado which was the first of many long-distance races. My typical race season will consist of a full Ironman, half Ironman, Olympic distance, and an occasional bucket list race. My passion for the sport led me to the 2019 70.3 Ironman World Championships in Nice, France.