I graduated from Washington State University with a Masters degree in Dietetics and Exercise Physiology and moved to Colorado to pursue a career with endurance athletes.
I received my Bachelor's degree from Lees-McRaw College in North Carolina where I started my career in cycling. I pursued mountain, cyclocross and road disciplines. I picked up an interest in triathlons and began competing mostly in Florida. My interest for endurance sports and nutrition continued to grow so I decided to go back to school to cater my education to my interests and moved to Washington to continue my schooling.
I coach all levels of adult athletes in any discipline and distance. My specialty is combining specific training periods with specific nutrition for optimum performance throughout the training cycle individuated for the athlete.
I've been a competitive cyclist for 13+ years and competitive triathlete for 7+ years. I've raced throughout the US with my favorite locations being in the Smokey Mountains, Angel Fire New Mexico and Seattle, Washington.
I have great expectations to compete for a State Title in Road Racing as well as, a few short distance triathlons and am eyeing a full 140.6 distance triathlon in the near future.
Education & Certifications:
BS MS in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
CPR Certified and USA Cycling certified
Certified Personal Trainer & Metabolic Specialist.
I was not allowed to be an athlete when I was child or a young woman. I did not do school sports. So when I see you bravely head toward that first buoy at the pond on your virgin voyage through cold, dark, murky water, I am redeemed for all the times I dared not try something new, something hard, because I was not allowed to.
When I was a young woman I was expected to find a man to marry who would take care of me implying that I could never take care of myself. I went to college first, then got married and had my children. I started triathlon to soothe my soul with a busy husband building his business empire and three wacky middle school-aged children.
At my first Masters swim clinic I was laughed at. I was left behind within the first block of my first group ride, pedaling furiously on my girlie bike complete with a basket. Undaunted, I continued to train and in my first race, won the female 35 and older category. I was 43 at the time and there were no official age groups.
I have pretty much done it all now; 11 marathons, four Ironman triathlons, the Race Across America (RAAM) three times, the Race Across the West (RAW) and too many sprint and Olympic triathlons to count. My dearly departed friend, fellow triathlete Judy Flannery, inspired me to create Team CWW for all the women who want to try something new, something hard. On the day I lost my friend Judy April 2nd 1997, Team CWW was born. It has been a privilege to help women of all ages and abilities and all walks of life dare to try new things, push their boundaries and be more than they dreamed possible.
I am blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, a semi-retired husband and Henry the wonder dog. Because I am a life-long learner I have recently earned a PhD in Biblical Interpretation.
Education & Certifications
USAT Level 2 Coach
USAT Board Member
USOC Level 2 Race Director
Level One Coach Stacey Bankston
I have been racing triathlon for the past 2 years and have fallen in love with the camaraderie, adventure, and spirit of team CWW. Coming from a non-athletic background, this was a bit of a leap for me but it has been a lot of fun and I have learned more about myself and that I am a lot stronger than I think! I do not race for the glory or the podium but rather to achieve goals I never thought were possible and to meet people I would not have known in any other capacity. Last summer I was able to obtain my biggest goal to date - to complete an Olympic distance triathlon!!
This journey has given me the opportunity help other women see the potential they have below the surface and to enjoy the process which leads to an unbelievable achievement. To cross the finish line of your dreams! You will find me at most practices with a smile on my face and a few encouraging comments. Be sure to say hello!
Level One Coach Amy Jackson
If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be participating in triathlons, I would have laughed in your face. Then I would have called the local mental institution to have you committed. In my youth, I never liked exercise. Ever. It was hard and sweaty and I didn’t like it. I coasted through life, being young and fabulous but not super active. In 2011, a very traumatic life event inspired me to start exercising regularly to lose the extra 40 pounds I was carrying around. After a year, the endorphins of my mild elliptical workouts became necessary for life. I wasn’t doing anything particularly challenging, but I needed those endorphins.
When I was 29, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I did my obligatory years of treatment and reconstruction, but this is not my sob story. I don’t see the cancer as this terrible, horrible thing that happened to me (don’t get me wrong...it was AWFUL). But it was my springboard into outdoor activity, healthy living, competition, and adventure! Since cancer, if a crazy opportunity presents itself, I take it. And that is how I found triathlons… I signed up to train with CWW without the ability to swim a stroke, incapable of running 3 miles, and having a terrible fear of open water. It was awesome and now I’m hooked. I love watching my body get stronger and accomplish things I never would have imagined.
I’ll be at as many practices as my schedule of child wrangling and cramming for college exams allows. Look for me! I promise I’m good for a funny comment and some dry humor. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it and have fun!