“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.” – Peter McWilliams
Registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, clinical dietitian, 5x Ironman finisher (2x Kona finisher), USAT level 1 coach, business owner, vegetarian (since 1993), doggy mommy, wife to a cyclist turned triathlete, speaker, writer, big dreamer. Oakley Women, 110% Play Harder, Hammer Nutrition, Brooks Running ID Brand Ambassador.
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. I started swimming when I was around 11 years old and I was always known as a "butterflier". Somewhere during my middle school years (around 10-11 years old), I decided I didn't want to kill animals so I became a vegetarian. I moved to Davie, Florida after graduating from Transylvania Univeristy in 2004 in order to obtain a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. I swam competitively all throughout High School and College and picked up running in 2003 when I began to get burnt out of swimming (Senior year of college). I took up cross country running in college and really enjoyed it so I decided to do my first sprint triathlon after I bought a Giant Hybrid bicycle just 5 days before the triathlon. When I was in graduate school, I didn't have much of a life thanks to studying and spending time in the lab (and looking up research) as part of my assistanceship. I really missed competitive sports (as well as my swim team friends) so I decided to train for a marathon since it seemed like the popular thing to do in Florida. I participated in a few triathlons with the help of my cool Giant Hybrid bicycle before I started training for the Miami Marathon in 2005. I coached myself for all my triathlons and running races and with the help of my education, I was able to understand the physiology of the body during exercise. After the Miami Marathon, I found out I qualified for the Boston Marathon. As a "swimmer" by trade, I didn't know what I had qualified for until I looked it up on the internet after many people told me that I made it to "Boston". Excited about the opportunity to race in another endurance event, I decided it was time to buy a Triathlon Bike (Trek Equinox) and start training and racing in endurance races.
In 2006 I participated in the Boston Marathon, Disney Half Ironman and completed my first Ironman - Ironman Florida. Around May of that year, I met my now husband Karel who thought I was a bit crazy for doing all these endurance sports. At the ripe age of 24, I couldn't imagine my lifestyle in any other way.
Amazingly, I qualified for "Kona" at my first Ironman. This time, I knew what I had qualified for as that was my main goal with my first IM. Again - 24 years old and a big dreamer and hard worker.
I've had my ups and downs with training and injuries so I won't include that in this short bio. However, I've taken my love of training to the next level over the last few years and can now use my education properly as I coach others to reach their own personal goals and finish lines. My husband still thinks I am crazy but after he got a little burnt of cycling at a top level for so many years (category 1 cyclist), he is now just as crazy and he will be doing his first IM this July with me. Perhaps it may all seem a bit crazy but it is our lifestyle and I still wouldn't want it any other way.
Oh, as much as I love training, I love education. After graduating with my Masters and spending a little time working as the wellness coordinator of the Trinity YMCA near the Palm Harbor area, I desired a better understanding of nutrition from a different point of view (aside from sports) so I decided to go back to school for another three years in order to obtain my Registered Dietitian credential and now hold a License as a RD. In total, 8.5 years of education since High School, 5 Ironmans and 2 Ironman World Championships. I have a great husband who is the GM of the Trek Bicycle Store of Jacksonville and he coaches me with my training. I love to cook vegetarian creations and even though my hubby is not a vegetarian, he still enjoys my cooking which fuels our lifestyle. I love my dog Campy (who is named after Campagnolo - Italian high-end bike component) who was a rescue dog and is now my furry little child. I love to make memories with him and he takes great pictures. He is a chihauhua - Italian greyhound mix....big attitude, fast legs.
In January 2012 I started my own business Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC and have had the opportunity to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts from all over, reach personal fitness and nutrition related goals.
As a big dreamer, I look forward to seeing my business grow, traveling the world and taking my public speaking and writing to the next level. I hope to continue triathlons for the rest of my life for I love to swim, bike and run and my body likes it too.
-Marywood University - Distance Dietetic Internship, June 2010-May 2011, Scranton, PA. Completed May 2011.
-University of Northern Colorado, Distance Dietetic Program Dietetic verification statement, May 2008-August 2009, Greeley, Colorado.
-Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, Graduate December 2005, Davie, Florida.
-Transylvania University, Bachelor of Arts in exercise science and a minor in psychology, gradaute May 2004, Lexinton, KY.
What keeps me busy these
Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC - Owner
Triathlon coach, sport nutrition consultant, writer, speaker. Jacksonville Fl.
- Coach all levels of athletes to reach personal performance and weight goals
- Contribute articles to various
websites and magazines, such as Fitness magazine, Cosmo Girl
magazine, Bicycling Magazine, Women’s Running magazine, LAVA
magazine, Beginnertriathlete.com, USA triathlon.com, LAVA
online and Irongirl.com. Topics include health, wellness, fitness,
exercise physiology and sport nutrition.
Baptist Medical Center Beaches - Clinical
- Assess, diagnose, intervene, monitor and evaluate patients in all units of hospital.
- Provide outpatient counseling, as neded
- Provide patient education
- Involved in Baptist Heartwise program (screening/education program for women)
-American Dietetic Association, 2008-present
-International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2004-present
-Vegetarian Nutrition, 2009-present
-Sport, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, 2009-present
- Florida Licensed Dietitian and nutritionist – ND 6082
- Commission on Dietetic Registration, RD certified, June 21, 2011
- USA triathlon level 1 coach – certified 2007-current
- American Heart Association CPR certified, 2008-Jan 2010
- Red Cross certified – 1996-2008, 2010
- International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), 2005-current
- Received a certification by the American
Dietetic Association in Adult Weight Management, 2009
Tentative 2012-2013 Racing Schedule
7/13 - Ironman Lake Placid
Personal Best Times and Accomplishments
SpaMe 5K, St. Johns, FL: 19:52 (2012)
Rotary 10K, Trinity, FL: 40.09 (2011) - Overall female winner
Gate River Run, Jacksonville, FL: 105:2 (2010)
Subaru Half Marathon, Jacksonville, FL: 1:31:51 (2011)
Iron Girl Clearwater, Clearwater, FL: 1:33.25 (2012), Overall female winner
Miami Marathon, Miami, FL: 3:38.28 (2005)*
-Olympic distance triathlon:
Jacksonville Tri Series #3, Fernandina Beach, FL: 2:15.21 (2012)
Rock n' Rollman, Macon, GA: 5:04.56 (2010)
Branson 70.3, Branson, Missouri: 5:19.02 (2012)***, Overall amateur female winner, age group course record
Ironman distance triathlon:
Ironman Florida, Panama City Beach, FL: 11:00.47 (2006) 1st age group, first Ironman**
Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii: 12:26.58 (2007)
Ironman Kentucky, Lousiville, Kentucky: 10:53.45 (2009), 7th age group, PR
Ironman Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: 10:57.53 (2010), 4th age group **
Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii: 11:02.14 (2011)
*Boston marathon qualifier
**Ironman World Championship qualifier
*** Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifier