I am a lifelong athlete and grew up in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. Running the 1500m on the track was my main thing until I graduated from the University of Washington, and injured my achilles while training for the World Cross-Country Championships. My brother Geoff suggested I give mountain biking a try. Though beaten and bruised by the steep learning curve I was hooked and raced seriously at the Elite level for five years before changing my racing focus to Xterra Triathlons in 2005.
I took 2007 off to have my daughter Zoe, and part of 2010 off to have my son, Nico. I continued to train and compete in Xterra triathlons (as well as select mountain bike and road triathlon events) as a member of the LUNA Pro team from 2008 until 2015 when I retired from racing.
I have also been a lifelong learner. I read psychology books for fun when I was younger, and went on to study Psychology in university. Then I combined it with my other passion, sports, and completed my doctorate in Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2007. My lab studied motivation and I had fun researching the relationship between coach communication and athlete motivation. I am a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Since 2004 I have enjoyed working as a mental performance consultant to many different athletes in various sports through the Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary and now back on the west coast through the Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific. I also have a small private practice as a Registered Clinical Counsellor where I currently live, in Victoria, B.C. , Canada.