I used to work in fancy office building, wear suit pants and crunch other people’s numbers. I worked for Enron, then Adidas. I learned a lot, about what I didn't want to do.
I went to work for Patagonia and was exposed to how the other half lives. The smarter half. The half with less money, more flannel, and brighter spirits. I wanted to be part of that half.
I left for a grand adventure, a boy named Ben, a six month stint as a snowed-in winter-caretaker and a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I called it a sabbatical. My mom called it crazy.
Ben and I moved to Bend 13 years ago.
I learned how to ride a bike and my whole world changed.
Now I work as a cycling coach and with outdoor industry and cycling brands with whom I share values.
I ride my bike as much as I can and ski the rest of the time.
I am now part of the other half. The half with less money, more flannel and a brighter spirit.
I will never go back.
My passion for playing outdoors and my competitive drive motivate me to ride, train and race at the highest level. Mountain biking and cyclocross provide the perfect playground for pushing limits and striving for the next level.
In addition to racing bikes, I help other cyclists achieve their goals as a coach, am madly in love with my husband, Ben, and can often be found playing at the river with our pup, Piper.