Although I have been in and out of gyms my whole life, I am a late-in-life athlete who used to do just enough to get by. After the birth of my twins, I found myself carrying 30 pounds I did not want. I was tired all the time and didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I had been buying cheap clothes to “get by” until the baby weight came off. All my girlfriends had told me that I would lose the extra pounds as my babies got bigger, and somehow that didn’t happen for me. I hit bottom when I went into my closet and had a small tantrum: my girls were 2 years old and I wasn’t any smaller. Here was a room full of fabulous clothes I could not wear because I was not that size anymore. I decided that buying more cheap clothes in a size I didn’t like wasn’t the way I wanted to live – I took action. My journey started small – I did a 12 week challenge and lost 20 pounds, then did another one and lost more body fat. And then I kept upping the ante on myself, challenging myself to bigger and more difficult things: first a 5K (when I’d never been a runner), then a 10K…then a sprint triathlon…I just kept finding bigger harder things to do, putting myself up to more challenge. I’ve had 10 years of athletic adventures since that time, including several multisport and triathlon events (from sprint to iron-distance) running events (from 5k to 100k), and cycling events (from century rides to multi-day events). And there are so many excellent adventures still to be done! My favorite activity is mountain trail running, I feel most challenged and most at-home when I’m on a trail. I’ve always been a gym-rat, but endurance sport meant more time outside and less time in the gym. A few years ago I got back into the gym and found my other happy place: lifting heavy. Since I’ve added consistent strength training to my program, I’ve seen my body improve in ways I wouldn’t have predicted: I’m less injury prone, less fatigued, my gait has improved, my metabolism has improved. I feel more solid, more confident. Because of my experiences, I believe any endurance athlete can find improvement when they engage in a consistent strength training program. As a fellow athlete, I’ve been there, I know what athletes need. As a trainer, I will show you how to make it happen. As a coach, I will guide you to do it for yourself.