- I spent some years after college as a software consultant working with a bunch of engineers. Interesting for a while and a nice paycheck, but computers and software bored me and it wasn't worth the $$ to have unrewarding 12-14 hour workdays. I quit my job and went back to school for a Master of Science degree in nutrition and food science (Colorado State University) and eventually found my calling in sports nutrition.
- I wake up everyday loving my job as a board certified sport dietitian. I am sad for those who hate their work or who work themselves to the point of misery just for the money. As one of my dear friends simply put it, "What are you working for?" You have to ask yourself that question. And then you need to answer it honestly.
- I didn't grow up an athlete. I was a bookworm and a punk rocker in high school. I played guitar in an alternative band in college. No, I didn't sing. I hid behind my hair.
- I started running for fitness in my late 20s. My first marathon was to raise money for a charity close to my heart but along the way, I realized I loved the sport of running. It is freeing and simple. I've done my share of marathons including Boston and NYC but found the beauty in trail running in recent years as well. You can't go wrong with trail running in Colorado. For you athletes who like to know finish times, my marathon PR was sub 3:25 at Boston. I have done several 50K races, 50-mile races (finishing in the top 3 of my age group in a few of those) and I finished the Leadville 100 trail run in 2014. I've placed towards the top of my age group in a number of 70.3 triathlons and completed Ironman Coeur D'Alene in 12:14 (14th in age group). I foresee more IM races in my future, provided my trail running bug can be calmed for a bit.
- I enjoy mythology and the stories that teach us lessons. Of course I have to mention one of my favorite Joseph Campbell quotes: "Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living."
- My husband and I weren't able to have children of our own, but we enjoy them in our lives and we are thankful for our wonderful nieces, nephews, and for all of our friends who don't mind us being goofy with their kiddos. I am proud of my husband for quitting his job of 20+ years to become an elementary school teacher. He gives his all to his kids and is incredible.
- I am honored to work with amazing athletes of all ages and levels and who have many unique challenges. You guys and gals are the bomb. I am fortunate to work with a cutting edge sports dietitian, Bob Seebohar. Except I will never like mayonnaise like he does.
Enough for now, except...
Some recent webinars/podcasts:
Some recent webinars/podcasts:
- Trail Runner Nation with Travis Macy, "How Can the Science Help You Train and Race Better" (Feb 2017)
- Generation UCAN with Varun Sriram, "OffSeason Nutrition 101" (Nov 2016)
- WHOLE Athlete Podcast with Debbie Potts, "How to be a Metabolically Efficient Athlete" (July 2016)
- Generation UCAN with Varun Sriram, "Metabolic Efficiency 101" (July 2016)
- WHOLE Athlete Podcast with Debbie Potts, "Metabolic Efficiency for Athletes" (Dec 2015)
- Endurance Planet with Bob Seebohar and Tawnee Prazak, "Metabolic Efficiency (Not Just 'Low Carb') for Optimal Sports Performance" (May 2015)
- Generation UCAN with Dr. Cathy Yeckel and U.S. Olympian Julie Culley, "Nutrition and Fitness for Women" (May 2015)
- Endurance Planet with Tawnee Prazak, "Metabolic Efficiency Test with Tawnee" (Feb 2014)