Coaching

*I’m currently accepting clients on a limited basis.

When we work together, my goal is to be the coach that I would personally hire for myself. This means:

  • Taking a realistic and practical approach to training – grounded in science with plenty of space for individual differences.
  • Understanding your history, your goals, and the things that hold you back.
  • Controlling the controllable and letting the rest go.
  • Staying goal-directed and process-focused.
  • Training for personal growth and self-discovery rather than training to look good.
  • Setting ambitious but realistic expectations with no replacement for hard work and self-discipline.
  • Focusing on having fun and finding a source of internal motivation.

My experiences as an athlete, student, and coach have set me up to coach you in a unique and practical way.

Athlete

I grew up swimming competitively and started doing triathlons and marathons in early 2001. Since then, I’ve completed a 10-mile open water swim, half and full Ironman distance events, and a few handfuls of trail marathon and ultramarathon races. I’ve been an endurance athlete long enough to know what it feels like to get stuck, burned out, and even lost as an athlete. But I also know what it takes to make the transition to a place where endurance training is fun and focused again.

Student

My educational background is in Health and Exercise Science, and I have a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. I got hooked on sport psychology in graduate school, and I’ve always been interested in how our bodies (and minds) train for an endurance event. I know that I will never learn all there is to know about endurance sports, but I will never stop learning.

Coach

I started coaching swimming in 2000, and from that time I’ve coached both kids and adults in the pool and open water. I’ve worked with people from a variety of backgrounds with both online and personal training. My longest-standing client has been my husband who I coached for over ten years. In that time I saw him go from newbie triathlete to serious ultrarunner. He’s gone on to complete several 100-mile events, so I’ve also had plenty of experience crewing.

If you’re interested in working together, send me an email.

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