Hi. I'm Cary.
I am passionate about all things endurance (and CrossFit!). I am a coach, an athlete, and an adventurer. I have lived, worked and played all over the world. My background is unique for an endurance coach: chemical engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines and MBA from Wharton. In my previous life I was a chemical engineer and a venture capital investor. Now I am lucky enough to coach amazing athletes.
Watching the sunrise on early morning trail runs reminds me that every day is an opportunity.
I live in the mountains Colorado, with my husband, dog and two cats. When I’m not on the move, that is.
- USA Triathlon Level II Endurance Certified Coach
- USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Certified Coach
- IRONMAN Certified Coach
- CrossFit Level II Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
I have been coaching endurance athletes of all stripes – triathletes, runners, ultra runners, cyclists, adventure racers – since 2008. Whether working with beginner or experienced athletes, my goal is improve each athlete’s knowledge of the sport and to teach them to train smarter to reach their performance goals. Cultivating a close relationship with each athlete is critical to maximizing the benefit they receive from a coach. I love to work with other motivated athletes and to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of sport and competition. My coaching style is organized, systematic and detail oriented. Each athlete receives a personalized plan based on his or her unique situation. I don’t believe in one-size fits all. I take pride in this and my athletes appreciate it. I coach because I want my athletes to reach their goals. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone reach their athletic potential and achieve their dreams.
My love of endurance sports started when I trained for my first marathon in my first semester at business school. I loved it and discovered I was good at it. Since then I have competed as a triathlete, adventure racer, runner, trail runner and mountain biker. My athletic background:
- Competitive amateur endurance athlete since 2000.
- Since 2003 competed in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 including several 70.3 World Championships. My focus now is Ironman 70.3.
- Since 2008 competed as a top amateur XTERRA triathlete including several National and World Championships.
- Accomplished trail runner with podium finishes in ultra-distance and mountain-running events.
- In my adventure racing days my team competed in multi-day adventure races around the world.
In addition to my competitive sports, I love to ski: uphill, downhill, backcountry, and cross-country. I occasionally kayak, not well. I grew up riding horses but the last time I did that was in Primal Quest Moab on a sweet – but slow – workhorse named Annie. I have rappelled, ascended and Tyrolean traversed, but have found I prefer to stay in contact with the ground.
My passion is to explore new places – preferably on foot or bike. I grew up on a ranch in Montana and it is still one of the most beautiful places I know, but there are so many amazing spaces out there. After my first year of college, I was lucky enough to live in Taiwan for 3 months. In college and my early professional life I lived in Spain and Thailand. During Business School, I lived in Mexico and Chile. My travels have taken me throughout Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. Not to mention the United States and Canada. I plan to keep going – I’ll keep you posted! What else about me? I love to cook and bake (not well, but it keeps me fed). My diet is grain free, with exception for the occasional beer! It isn’t for everyone but it works really well for me. My main indulgences are red wine, [very] dark chocolate and good coffee. I believe in hard, but smart work, good planning and living every day. I am an eternal optimist. I dream big. Failure makes me want to try harder.