Be sure to save the date for our 2022 Fitness Retreat: March 4-5!
Team Survivor’s annual Fitness Retreat is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Whether in-person or virtual, the event includes a lineup of inspiring speakers, fabulous fitness breakout rooms and opportunities to socialize with fellow survivors. Many of our members cite their first retreat as the event that sold them on the power of Team Survivor. Come see what it’s all about!
Read below to learn more about our 2021 retreat – including our theme, speakers, and fitness instructors. We look forward to seeing you in March 2022!
The theme of TSNW’s annual Fitness Retreat for 2021 was The Best is Yet to Come. We regularly hear from Team Survivor members that they are accomplishing things after cancer that they never even imagined doing before cancer. We loved gathering together (online) to celebrate the ways in which this extraordinary group of women has continued to push forward with optimism and courage.
Read below for more details. A big thank you to Swedish Cancer Institute for being our Fitness Retreat Main Sponsor!
What to Expect
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How Our Virtual Retreat Will Work
To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, our Fitness Retreat will be virtual for the second year in a row. After you register, you should receive an automated message that your registration was received. Approximately one week before the event, you will receive a retreat update. A reminder email with one link will go out the day before the retreat.
The day of the event, you will click the link and enjoy as many sessions as you are interested in. Have an appointment in the middle of the day? You can leave and come back with the same link.
How Do I Pick My Break-Out Sessions?
You do not need to select your break-out session in advance. You will select your session during the event with the click of a button.
When is the deadline to register?
Your early registration helps us prepare for a successful experience! Registration for the event will close at noon on February 24th.
Do I Need to be a Team Survivor Member to Join?
Will the Sessions Be Recorded?
Yes, we know many of you would like to see multiple break-out sessions at the same time or may have to miss an hour of the event. For this reason, we plan to record the sessions and will email the links out the week following the event. *The only exception will be the Art Therapy Session – we do not have permission to record. We have also asked presenters to share their PowerPoint presentations with us so that you can have access to those after the event.
Fitness Retreat 2022 Schedule
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
8:00-8:55 PRE-EVENT: Be Well Sunrise Yoga with Kendra Hubbell
This morning yoga class will focus on stretching, mobility, strength and supporting a healthy immune system, while protecting and strengthening bones and reducing stress. Kendra will offer modifications with safety being the number one priority.
*Please have a yoga block or two, and a blanket ready for the class. A stack of books or water bottles can be alternatives. If you need support getting off the ground, please have a chair handy or be near a wall.
*All Be Well classes are led by a certified yoga teacher who has also completed a 55-hour Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery Teacher Training Program.
9:00-9:10 Welcome: "the best is yet to come"
Join Executive Director, Jennefer Boyer, as we all start this day together with fun, motivation and prizes!
9:10-9:55 Featured Speaker: Dr. Karen Moffitt
Advocacy – Really, What Difference Can I Make?
Live your cancer out loud. Learn to speak up and out for yourself, your cancer sisters, and the entire cancer survivor nation.
10:00-10:50 Break-out Session 1: Fitness and art (Click to view)
Bonnie Walchuk and Katie Kapugi, Art Therapy
Learn about the therapeutic benefits of art making. In this session, you’ll experience mind-body art techniques for increasing relaxation, improving health, and reducing symptoms of stress and pain. Enjoy an intro to art therapy, a brief guided imagery meditation, followed by reflective artmaking, supportive techniques, and group discussion.
No art experience is needed to participate. Please bring your curious and experiential selves along with the art materials of your choice. All that is required is paper, pencil/pen, and a surface to write on. You’re welcome to bring colored pencils, markers, or any other art supplies you’d like to explore.
[Low Intensity] Ann Ford, Yoga Sculpt
Boost your metabolism, gain strength, and build muscle. Yoga Sculpt combines light weight training and short bursts of cardio as you stretch and move through yoga poses. Please bring 1 pair of handweights (1-3 lb. as we will be practicing 12 reps), yoga mat or beach towel, and 2 yoga blocks.
[Moderate Intensity] Kris Rooke, Jazzercise – Original Dance Mixx
Our signature class format will leave you energized for hours. Set to your favorite top hits, this full-body workout combines 40 minutes of high intensity, dance-based cardio with 20 minutes of strength training and stretching. With easy-to-follow moves and a certified instructor to motivate you, you’ll dance, jump, kick, plank, push-up and crunch your way to a happier, healthier you.
[Intensidad Media] Maria Rico, Ejercico Para Sanar
(En español.) Sobrevivientes de cáncer deben empezar con ejercicios que contengan cardio, resistencia, flexibilidad y equilibrio. Esta clase provee todos esos elementos a través de una combinación de ejercicios fundamentales y baile.
[Moderate to High Intensity] Tracy Hobbs, Functional Fitness
Functional Fitness is a safe space for women of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to discover their strengths and set personal fitness goals in a fun, comfortable environment. The movements in class include planks, lunges, squats, sit-ups and jumps. Please be prepared with an exercise mat, hand weights (1-8 lbs), a small towel and water.
11:00-11:45 Break-out Session 2: Speakers (Click to view)
Dr. Lisa Price, ND, The Cancer Fighting Pantry
Turn food into one of your weapons against cancer. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Price will help you assess your dietary patterns and learn how to build your pantry to be a cancer fighting pantry, based on known mechanisms of action from hundreds of peer reviewed studies. Learn about the three predominant diet types in this country, take a quiz to know under which category you fall, then gain insight into the macro and micronutrients in specific foods that you’ll want to keep in stock.
Courtney Zier, MA, LMHC. Exploring Changing Identities Through Cancer
A cancer diagnosis changes the way we see ourselves in the world and our perception of how others see us. Explore how these changes in identity are often empowering, although the path traveled may have been full of uncertainty and fear.
Kelley Covington Wood, PhD, ACSM-CEP, CET. A Toolkit for Moving through Cancer
Exercise can help you to optimize cancer treatment outcomes, protect against late side effects of treatment, and most importantly – do the things you enjoy. Join this interactive presentation to build your “toolkit” to move through cancer. Learn skills, low-cost resources, and strategies applicable for all fitness levels. Join Dr. Wood for open discussion about how to become and stay active during cancer treatment and beyond.
11:55-12:55 Lunch with tara bench, founder and editor, tara teaspoon
Tara has created thousands of original recipes and has over 20 years of experience working as a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Ladies’ Home Journal Magazines. In this special demo, you will cook alongside Tara in the comfort of your own kitchen! She will guide us through the steps as we make her delicious Moroccan Squash Soup with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas. She’ll also provide helpful tips related to all things cooking and nutrition. The best part: you’ll get to enjoy a healthy, gourmet lunch that you prepared yourself!
1:00-1:45 break-out session 3: speakers (Click to View)
David Richman, Author of Cycle of Lives. Physical Health = Emotional Health
David went from overweight, sedentary smoker to 18-time Ironman finisher. He recently completed a solo 5,000-mile bike ride visiting the participants of his book, “Cycle of Lives,” where he brings 15 inspirational and moving stories of people’s emotional journeys with cancer and other traumas. In this session, David will discuss such things as getting started, nutrition, hydration, training zones, mindset, goal-setting and more – especially how focusing on being active will help your emotional health. It doesn’t matter if you’re an accomplished athlete or a beginner, you’ll want to join!
Laura James, ND, FABNO. The Four Cornerstones of Good Health
Learn why dietary programs, exercise, sleep, and stress management are the key to a healthy survivorship.
Jennifer Wulff, ARNP. Aromatherapy
Have you ever been curious about aromatherapy and its potential healing benefits? This session is for you! We will review how to use essential oils safely to enhance your mood and improve physical symptoms after cancer treatment.
1:55-2:45 Break-out Session 4: Fitness (Click to view)
Geetanjali Athavale, The Art of Breathing
Learn yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama) and meditation to reduce stress, promote healing, boost your energy, increase positivity and feel calm and centered. Experience the awareness of your breath to reunite with your inner teacher as you relax, recharge and renew.You will need a yoga mat, a bottle of water and a quiet space. Optionally you can add a yoga block, towel and a chair.
[Low Intensity] Denise Geroux, Tai Chi Flow
Tai Chi Flow is a low-intensity class in “moving meditation.” The class is designed to relieve stress and calm our minds using simple breathing and movement exercises to experience the “body feel” of Tai Chi Chuan/Chi Gong with an emphasis on breathing and body awareness.
[Moderate Intensity] Kris Rooke, Awesome Abs and Legs
Working the areas we all want to target, this session will provide the participants with options for all levels that focus on creating energy toward defining our abs and legs. Enjoy fun and interesting movements set to music that will make you forget how hard your muscles are working. All levels welcome!
[Moderate to High Intensity] Sellyna Ehlers, Afro-Inspired Zumba
Celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy a fusion of salsa and African music – including some American greats like TIna Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Bring water, a small towel and one-pound weights (or two water bottles) if you have them.
2:50-3:20 Featured Speaker: Dr. Julie Gralow
Reigniting the Cancer Moonshot: How Can We End Cancer As We Know It?
The Cancer Moonshot was reignited in February 2022 with two ambitious goals: reducing the cancer death rate in the US by at least 50% in next 25 years and improving the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer. Some of the key focus areas of the Moonshot include targeting the right treatments to the right patients, addressing inequities in access to care, supporting patients, caregivers, and survivors, and learning from all patients. Combining recent scientific progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care with learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have the potential to end cancer as we know it today.
3:20-3:30 Closing remarks
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Julie R. Gralow, MD
Julie R. Gralow, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She is Professor Emeritus of Medical Oncology and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, having previously served as Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the UW and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to caring for patients with breast cancer and conducting clinical trials related to breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Exercise has long been a focus of Dr. Gralow’s mission. Dr. Gralow is committed to improving the quality of life for cancer patients through education, exercise and diet, and to promoting cancer awareness. She believes that exercise helps women withstand the rigors of cancer treatment and improves their quality of life during and after treatment. She co-authored the book, “Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer.”
Dr. Gralow is co-Founder and Medical Advisory Committee member of Team Survivor Northwest, and has joined Team Survivor members climbing mountains, running, and hiking. Dr. Gralow also founded the Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network (WE CAN) to support cancer advocacy and education in low- and middle-income countries. She received the 2018 ASCO Humanitarian Award and the 2021 OncLive Giants of Cancer Care Award for Community Outreach/Policy for her work in empowering women cancer patients globally.
Karen Moffitt, PhD
Karen Moffitt, PhD has been advocating for cancer patients and their families for over 50 years. She served on the national board of the American Cancer Society and as chairman of the Florida Division. 20 years ago she was a founding board member of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). Dr. Moffitt retired from the University of South Florida where she had a joint appointment in Medicine and Education. She designed education programs for students with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Her book Special Children, Special Care was adopted by Children’s Medical Services in all 50 states. She wrote numerous pieces of legislation for six states. She spearheaded the movement to get an amendment in the Florida Constitution to ban smoking in restaurants and all workplaces. She helped write the rules for implementing Title IX in all Florida public schools and universities. And she helped her husband create a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Lisa Price, ND
Dr. Lisa Price is a licensed Naturopathic Physician with expertise in complementary cancer care, and culinary nutrition during cancer treatment through survivorship. She guides patients in finding the best foods and supplementation that reduce short and long term side effects, as well as advising on which supplements and foods to avoid.
A National Institute of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Fellow (2005-2010), she is also an author, radio host, lecturer and an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She studied microbial biochemistry as an undergraduate and as a Master of Science student in New York, and graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University in 1998, with honors in counseling.
As an adjunct faculty at Bastyr from 2003 to current, she has taught a variety of clinical and academic courses including biochemistry to Master of Science candidates in Nutrition from 2012 to 2015. Her classes focus on the physiological effects of nutrients as well as standard biochemistry concepts as they relate to health. She has served as a mentor to students in both clinical and laboratory settings.
She is the co-author of Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery (Demos Health 2015), which sold over 20,000 copies its first year, with current sales of over 45,000. She is also the author of two books published in 2019.
With an NIH research fellow in immunology and oncology, Dr. Price has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts, written many articles on health and nutrition, and has presented her findings at scientific conferences.
For over a decade, Dr. Price has actively served cancer patients and teamed with oncologists in cancer centers in the Pacific Northwest including Swedish Cancer Center, Multicare Cancer Center, Northwest Specialty Clinics in Hematology and Oncology, to deliver excellent, holistic care.
Courtney Zier, MA, LMHC
Courtney Zier is a Seattle-based psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in working with cancer caregivers and survivors to address the emotional side of a cancer diagnosis. Her work focuses on the importance of self-care, advocacy, and resilience. Courtney recognizes that survivors face a difficult transition into “the new normal” and believes that the effects of cancer do not end when treatment does.
Alongside her private practice, Courtney works with Cancer Lifeline as a support group facilitator and is a frequent speaker for Cancer Lifeline, Kaiser Permanente, and The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Her presentations address the many impacts of cancer on one’s life including: Self-Care for the Caregiver, Fear of Recurrence, Coping with Cancer: Changing Identities, Coping with Cancer: Asking for Help, Coping with Cancer: Managing Stress and Anxiety, Coping with Cancer: Managing Anger and Resentment, Supporting a Loved one with Cancer, Pandemic Fatigue, and Toxic Positivity.
Courtney received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Seattle University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts. She completed her clinical training as an intern with Sound Mental Health, with a clinical focus on case management, group therapy, and milieu therapy as an intern at an outpatient mental health clinic.
kelley covington wood, PhD, ACSM-CEP, CET
Dr. Kelley Covington Wood serves as research and education manager for Select Medical’s innovative ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program. In this role, she co-develops and manages all ongoing research projects and contributes to clinical development initiatives with a focus on translational research, including the implementation and effectiveness of models of follow-up care in oncology, cancer rehabilitation and exercise oncology.
As a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer, Dr. Covington Wood has worked to support individuals with cancer and other chronic health conditions in various community-based and academic clinical settings. In 2017, she co-founded the Fitness Therapy (Fit) for Cancer Program, an ongoing community-based exercise program for cancer survivors at Colorado State University.
Dr. Covington Wood was trained in exercise physiology at Appalachian State University and Colorado State University, and completed her Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science in 2021. She is published in the fields of cancer rehabilitation and exercise oncology
tara bench, founder & editor: tara teaspoon
Tara has created thousands of original recipes that inspire people to spend more time in the kitchen and enjoy food with friends and family. She has over 20 years of experience working as a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines. Tara is the author of Live Life Deliciously: Recipes for Busy Weeknights and Leisurely Weekends, her debut cookbook, and creates delicious recipes and beautiful food styling for magazines, books, television and food brands.
Tara has appeared on the Today Show, the Martha Stewart show, Fox and Friends, KSL Studio 5, the Food Network and other video series, and loves sharing recipes and cooking tips with others on her blog TaraTeaspoon.com. Follow Tara on Instagram @tarateaspoon.
David richman, Author: cycle of lives
David Richman is a businessman, public speaker, philanthropist, and the author of Cycle of Lives: 15 People’s Stories, 5000 miles, and a Journey Through the Emotional Chaos of Cancer, the proceeds of which are donated to partnered charities. A transformational expert, David has organized a yearly cancer fundraiser since losing his sister to the disease, and today he is passionate about connecting with those who have been affected by cancer.
Over the last 10 years, David has completed over 50 triathlons, including 15 Ironman-distance triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run), more than 50 runs longer than marathon distance, including several 24-hour runs, running 85 miles in Mexico in the heat of the summer, running 104 miles straight from Santa Barbara to Manhattan Beach, In the process of writing Cycle of Lives, David rode 4,700-miles in just six weeks as he met with and interviewed the participants of the book.
LAURA jAMES, nd, fabNo
Dr. Laura James is a board-certified naturopathic oncologist who has been working with adults with cancer for close to 20 years. She has helped women and men who are recently diagnosed with cancer get through the intense steps of conventional treatment—surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation—using natural means like nutrition, herbs, gentle movement, and stress management techniques. Following treatment, Dr. James assists these patients in attaining optimum health and reducing risk of secondary recurrence of the cancer.
Jennifer R. Wulff, ARNP
Jennifer Wulff is an oncology nurse practitioner with 24 years of experience including survivorship care, community oncology, radiation oncology and neuro-oncology. She is currently the oncology nurse practitioner at Swedish Edmonds where she helped integrate aromatherapy into the treatment center to help patients deal with nausea and anxiety.
Jennifer grew up in the Seattle area. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WSU, an associate nursing degree from Shoreline Community College, her master’s degree in nursing from UW and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University.
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Kendra first experienced yoga in her early years at various hot yoga studios. She later discovered other styles, particularly enjoying the fusion of vinyasa and hatha she discovered at her home studio, Yoga Bliss, on Mercer Island, WA. Originally from Northern California, Kendra moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington State in the 90’s where she resides today with her husband, daughter, son, and Shitzu-Bichon.
Kendra is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in May 2017 after her first mammogram. A melanoma on her arm was also discovered during this time. She turned to her yoga practice to help her mentally and physically through seven months of chemo and eight surgeries. During that time, she attended regular yoga classes, where she had to figure out how to modify poses around surgeries and treatment. This experience inspired her to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training in October 2019 with the intention to find a way to teach cancer survivors like herself. She was so excited to find the Be Well Virtual Teacher Training on social media and completed the program in September 2020.
Bonnie walchuk, MA, LMFT, ATR
Bonnie is a nationally-registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist and who specializes in cancer care, medical trauma, grief, loss, and bereavement, adjustment and transition, and globally mobile populations. Bonnie has over 6 years of oncology experience facilitating therapeutic groups, and individual and family sessions for adults experiencing cancer. She’s been the full-time Art Therapist running the Art Therapy Program at Swedish Cancer Institute, trained and worked as the Art Therapist at UW Medical Center, and is currently the President and Co-founder of local Art Therapy & Integrative Wellness Collective, Dream Big Wellness.
Bonnie is a holistic therapist who uses a combination of professional art therapy, psychotherapy, and nature-based modalities to support clients in their healing process. Bonnie’s practice is collaborative, supportive, and creative. She values the connectedness between mind-body-spirit and human experiences. Bonnie sees her role as a therapist is to serve as an empathetic listener and guide living in a philosophy of human kindness; meeting people where they are at with a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach. Bonnie designs individualized interventions weaving in metaphor, imagery, and artmaking to gently deepen the therapeutic process and meet the needs of each client.
Katie Kapugi MA, LMHC, ATR-P
Katie Kapugi has an M.A. from Antioch University Seattle in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
Since graduation Katie has worked in outpatient community mental health settings, school based environments, and outpatient hospital clinics. She specializes in mindfulness-based therapies, relaxation strategies, somatic-based therapies, trauma-informed care, CBT, and art therapy.
She has worked extensively with co-occurring medical and mental health issues, anxiety, panic attack disorder, PTSD, grief and loss, body based trauma, identity and lifestyle transition and chronic pain. She has worked with adults, youth, and children. She is passionate about issues of social justice and equitable care.
Katie is a creative individual, that caters her approach and treatment plan to your particular needs. She believes each individual has a set of strengths invaluable to personal growth, recovery, and exploration.
In her free time Katie enjoys making art of all kinds, reading, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her son.
Kris has been a fitness professional for more than half of her life. During her two cancer diagnoses, she found and incorporated yoga into her instructor fitness programming. Kris own a fitness franchise in Bellevue and serves as the director of fitness for a national Professional Fitness Coaching company based in Seattle. Kris’s view on fitness has always been to live life as an active participant that makes healthy choices while being of service.
Maria Rico is a dance fitness instructor with over 20 years of experience. Maria’s goal is to share her passion for dance and exercise while helping to motivate people to reach their full potential. Maria has worked with students of all ages and abilities in studios, gyms and private schools across the Seattle area, guiding them as they increase their practical and theoretical skills. In addition to her work as a belly dancer with Zaphara’s Middle eastern Dancers, Maria is currently leading Team Survivor’s very first fitness class taught in Spanish. She is also developing and teaching traditional Colombian Dance Folklore for the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Tracy was a firefighter for many years in both Florida and Montana before transitioning to fitness. She is a Bastyr University graduate in Nutrition and Exercise Science and she holds her personal training certificate from NASM.
Tracy is known for creating options for healthy life choices specific to age, fitness level, and present health. Her specialties include: periodization for competitive sports and personal fitness, corrective exercise, senior fitness, and group training.
Ann is a former personal trainer, current certified group aerobics instructor (AFAA), registered yoga yeacher (200 Hours, Yoga Alliance), certified Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist and Hakomi practitioner. Ann has been teaching yoga since 2001 and has trained with different yoga instructors over the past 20+ years. She is trained in the Viniyoga lineage with additional training in Yogafit, Phoenix Rising Yoga, Senior’s Yoga, Pre/Post Natal Yoga and Power Yoga, and Functional Synergy (Therapeutic Yoga).
Sellyna is an avid dancer and has been dancing all her life. With the introduction of Zumba in the 1990’s, Sellyna found an outlet for her energy and she is passionate about teaching Zumba because it provides people with one hour where they can lose themselves and still get all the benefits of exercise. To Sellyna, Zumba is much more than an exercise class. It provides students with a way to relieve stress, meet new friends and form new communities. Sellyna’s choice of music reflects this too. Sellyna’s journey to teaching Zumba started in Riverside, California and she is certified to teach Zumba and Zumba Gold.
Sellyna has a bachelor’s degree in Women Studies and has a full-time job at the University of Washington as the Director of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion. Before COVID-19, she also taught Zumba at the YMCA, Greenlake Fitness and University Heights Community Center and loves the students and the Zumba community.
Geetanjali is 200 Hr. Yoga Alliance certified Yoga teacher. Trained in practicing and teaching yoga from renowned yoga masters, she is passionate about sharing the immense benefits yoga offers on and beyond the mat. She enjoys creating a warm and welcoming environment for her students and designing yoga classes that empower them to find inner peace and harmony. She loves motivating and inspiring others to enhance wellness and raise themselves to their best self.
Coach Denise Geroux is the owner of Coach Denise Bodyworks, LLC. – offering functional personal training, group exercise classes, triathlon training and individual bodywork in modalities of massage therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Functional Integration, and more. Coach Denise brings a playful enthusiasm for educating her clients and students with humor, precision and a mastery of human body mechanics in action. A personal trainer since 2005, massage practitioner since 1994, Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1991 and an avid triathlete and triathlon coach since 2006, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all she does. When she is not leading classes and training clients online, she is chasing her cat Izzy or out hiking and climbing trees.