I work as the Outdoor Fitness Coach at the Vail Athletic Club. I am a Certified Level 2 USATF Endurance Coach, and the Manager of the US Women’s Mountain Running Team for the past 14 years. In 2002, I was voted Colorado Sportswoman of the Year for longevity and achievement in athletics. I was the first American woman to climb Mt. Everest from both Nepal and Tibet 2 (1of 9 women in the world) and I work guiding treks/climbs in the Himalaya. I have also climbed other Himalayan 8000-meter peaks Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, as well as prominent peaks around the World. In my former competitive career, I completed races all over the World in multi disciplines: Multi-Day Eco-Challenges, The TransAlpine Mountain Running Race, the Leadville 100 Running race, the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race, and the The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse.
I am a 25+ year Vail Valley resident, a community I value deeply. I am the founder of The Climb for Literacy and was the creator/ race director for The Vail Mountain Winter Uphill. Both of these events benefit non-profit organizations. I volunteer as a Trail Ambassador and Trail Host to give back to the trails she loves dearly, and serve as Vice President of the American Trail Running Association. I have a results-based proven coaching methodology, and take pride in helping people at any ability level reach their potential in fitness. As a bi-lateral hip replacement recipient, I support and encourage other aging athletes to continue their pursuit of passion for sports.
My Coaching Style / Methodology
I am a Certified Level 2 USATF Endurance Coach. Now as an aging athlete, I focus on mostly on coaching other aging athletes, especially women who are racing, trekking and climbing at altitude, since my background induced many high-altitude expeditions! My education is on-going at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where Head Exercise Physiologist Randy Wilbur is my Coaching mentor.