I came across this quote the other day and boy did it hit the nail on the head! I am blessed to be given an opportunity to make all three happen…in ONE house…the Powerhouse!
I currently lead TRX Suspension Training classes at the Powerhouse two days a week. If you are an endurance athlete this IS THE class for you to improve balance, build strength and stability in order to properly train and effectively race. Bright and early on Thursday morning (5:00am) I lead a group spin class in the training studio. In addition, under the guidance of our experienced coaches, Johnny and Melanie, I have the opportunity to hold the title of “Powerhouse Racing Triathlon Coach”. I am very excited for the opportunity to learn and continue to train with so many great Powerhouse athletes, and the opportunity to work with those who are new to the sport triathlon.
Since I share a lot of bios and post so much information about our athletes and our coaches I find it odd to be in this position with the tables turned, writing about who I am and where I’m from, etc. To all that I’ve pestered about writing a blog, a bio or a post for the Powerhouse- thank you and I’m sorry! To those that haven’t given me anything (furrows brows), I’m still waiting!
Where are you from? By now, you know that I’m a California girl (by way of Chicago). I moved to Houston in 2011 when my husband, Michael, retired after 22 years in the United States Navy. We moved here and purchased our home sight unseen! Neither of us had ever been to Houston. We researched homes on the Internet, found a home, put it in our shopping cart and hit “purchase”. Well it wasn’t exactly like that but close enough. There were many times we thought we’d just pack up and head back west where the weather is near perfect, little to no humidity and no mosquitos, but there was always that one thing keeping us here- our community of triathletes and friends!
How did you come to find Powerhouse Racing? Around the end of 2012 Michael decided to start training for his first Ironman. He bought a good bike and was now in need of a good bike fit. After some research I found Johnny and Powerhouse Racing. He also happened to be training with Coach Melanie at the time, who was affiliated with Johnny and the Powerhouse, so it had to be legit! I started coming to spin and swim workouts and really enjoying training and meeting new people.
What is your personal & professional experience? Personally, I have been competing in triathlon since 2012. I’ve done sprints and olympic distance and recently completed my first half-iron distance triathlon. Professionally I am a NASM certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutrition Specialist. I also hold certifications to teach group exercise class, TRX® and Spinning® and will complete USAT Level 1 certification early in 2016. Now, I’ll get the opportunity to begin coaching those new to the sport of triathlon.
What do you hope to bring to your athletes? Let’s face it, triathlon can be intimidating. Many of the Powerhouse athletes I train elbow to elbow with could very well race with the elites. Many have done several Ironman and have seen many finishes at the podium. So what do I have to offer new, beginner triathletes? Well, I can offer my experience and proof that anything is possible. I was never an athlete growing up. As a matter of fact, for a long time I was unhealthy and overweight. When I decided to get healthy I never imagined triathlon. After a few races I knew I found something that I truly enjoyed. I became a personal trainer and fitness instructor because I enjoyed those things and wanted to share those experiences and that knowledge with others to help them achieve what they never thought might be possible. I’m just like you and can relate to so many women (and men) new to the sport. Triathlon has helped me in so many ways. Compared to many methods of weight loss it has been the one major thing that has helped me to lose and keep off excess weight. Nearing my 40th year on this planet, I feel the most fit, EVER. This sport has also helped me to recover and find my own strength. After a cancer diagnosis in 2013 I wasn’t sure if I would be able to return to the level of activity that I was training at prior to treatment. “Digging deep” had a whole new meaning as crossing the pool for one length all of a sudden became a huge challenge. Every time I got out there to train I learned to push myself a little bit further each time. Triathlon has helped me come out of my shell and meet a whole group of people that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet. I truly feel that Powerhouse Racing offers so much more than training plans and workouts. There’s definitely a feeling of camaraderie but also the feeling of family.
I look forward to continuing to train with so many great athletes and friends and welcome new friends to the fold.