B.A. Spanish and Biology, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach
USAT Certified Youth and Junior Coach
RRCA Certified Coach
A Short History about Jenny
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, my athletic career began atop a pony. For the first 25 years of my self-mobile life, I rode and trained horses, Hunters and Jumpers. I began coaching and teaching at just 16. There was a bit of basketball during High School, but after a surgery-requiring knee injury, I returned to my four-legged friends for a few more years.
Swimming included only extravagant leaps off the dive at the local summer pool; biking was limited to a mere few laps around the house on my banana seat, rust-colored, hand-me-down; and running was introduced when a college friend coerced me into a few 5ks.
Professionally, I moved around quite a bit. An Organic Farming and and CSA enterprise occupied the first 2+ years following college and led me to the coast of North Carolina. But a succession of events and a twist in fate guided me down a path that had Boulder, CO as the pot of gold. I moved there to attend CU for a Masters in Engineering.
Boulder is athletic Mecca. With a job in a cafe at a local high-end fitness center, I quickly found myself surrounded by athletes and immersed in an athletic lifestyle. With some help from a few friends, I took a couple of swim lessons, bought a Schwinn Fastback Pro bike (before Schwinn sold out!) and started running. In June of 2002, I completed my first triathlon—15th overall, 8th AG, with the fastest bike split of the day. Hmmmm… But let it be known that I was TERRIFIED of racing! How could I compete with Boulderites??? I loved the training and kept plugging away. In Boulder, its hard to focus on any one thing, so in addition to triathlon, I started racing my bike (crits and road races), snow-boarding, hiking 14ers, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and climbing. Meanwhile, I worked 3 jobs and took pre-requisites until I started graduate school. My second triathlon was Half-Ironman Utah during the IM Utah fiasco years. The goal then was to finish, which I did, in a somewhat respectable time. But I had a nagging feeling I could be a little more competitive.
I met my husband at CU in 2002 and we married in December 2003, and thus began my life as a Navy spouse. This moved me from Colorado, to Illinois, to Memphis, to California to Hawaii and to present, the greater Washington, D.C. area. Along the way, while working as an engineer, I continued to train, moved through several coaches and continued to improve. I started winning my age-group and placing in the top 5 overall, all on the short-course circuit. In 2006, through a sheer stroke of luck, I met and started training with Jimmy Riccitello.
Training came to a screeching halt when I found out I was pregnant in the spring of 2007. I won’t lie–I wasn’t one of those amazing pregnant women who trained and even raced (??) during their pregnancy. My little kiddo brought me to my knees and I frequently joked that there was a permanent back-side print on my couch. In January, 2008, Sadie entered our lives and once again, changed my life forever. Kids do that.
Getting back to training and racing took some time, but I was lucky to go through this process in the glorious subtropics of Hawaii. I met and was honored to race for Pacific Velo, where I acted as board member and elite team racer.
We sadly finished our tour in Hawaii in the 2011 summer and migrated to our Nation’s Capitol, where the cycling is a bit more challenging and death-defying (I once was chased down the bike path by an SUV), but the runs are adventurous and historical. Where else can you run (well, out of respect, walk) through multiple world-renowned memorials, stroll by (or in my case through) the White House or perhaps catch a glimpse of a politician? (Ok. Perhaps not a Hollywood sighting, but still…. I have met Bo, the first Dog.)
Now, I have begun building a multi-faceted triathlon business in the Alexandria area. In addition to coaching adults nationwide, I currently run a youth triathlon program though Browne Academy and am coaching kids at various elementary schools under the RunFit Kidz program. I hope to further my local adult clients’ experience in sport with starting a team to work, train, play and race together. You can follow my event plans and results here, and my other triathlon-related endeavors here on my blog.
If you are motivated then we will make a good team. I don’t know how else to coach except to make an athlete go better and faster. I think my athletes would agree that we build cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships. The communication door is always open and sharing in training trials, tribulations and joys is the cornerstone to athletic success. As a working wife, mother and athlete, I certainly understand the balance of life and triathlon. I’m a huge advocate of obtaining a coach for that very reason! I’m a coach with a coach!! A coach can help you maximize your time and potential—use every spare training moment to reach your goals. That’s what I can do for you!