Author, Board Certified Sport Dietitian, Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, 14x Ironman finisher, 6x Ironman World Championship qualifier, USAT level 1 coach, 26-year vegetarian.
Big dreamer. Hard Worker. No excuses.
Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. I started swimming when I was around 11 years old. My brother was a gymnast from an early age and studied business at the University of Michigan while competing as a Division I gymnast. In his senior year he became the 2007 Big Ten High Bar Champion. Somewhere around 10 years of age, I decided I didn't want to kill animals so I became a lacto-ovo vegetarian. After receiving a BA in Exercise Science and a minor in psychology from Transylvania University in 2004 and finishing four years of competitive collegiate swimming, I moved to Davie, Florida for graduate school. A few semesters later, while dreaming of a career as a collegiate/professional Strength and Conditioning coach, I received a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from FAU in December 2005.
When I was in graduate school, my life consisted of studying, working in the lab, teaching undergraduate classes, going to class and more studying. I really missed competitive sports so I decided to train for a marathon since it seemed like the popular thing to do in Florida. Prior to my marathon training for the 2005 Miami Marathon, I participated in a few triathlons with the help of my cool Giant Hybrid bicycle. I coached myself for all my triathlons and running races while in graduate school. After running a 3:38 for my first marathon, I was shocked to find out that I had qualified for the Boston Marathon. Excited that my body and mind enjoyed endurance events, I decided it was time to step things up and buy a tri bike after I participated in the 2006 Boston marathon. And while I was at it - I signed up for 2006 Disney Half Ironman in May and Ironman Florida in November.
In 2006 I participated in the Boston Marathon, Disney Half Ironman and completed my first Ironman - Ironman Florida. Around the end of May of 2006 when I turned 24 yrs, I met my now husband Karel who thought I was a bit crazy for enjoying endurance events.
Amazingly, as crazy as everyone thought I was for dreaming big at my first Ironman, I qualified for "Kona" at IMFL. This time, I knew what I had qualified for as that was my dream going into the race.
I've had my ups and downs with training and injuries and life challenges so I won't include that in this short bio. However, the best thing I can take away from my past is learning from mistakes to prepare for a better future and to better help the athletes I coach.
After returning back to school to earn my RD credential (from 2007-2010), I worked for three years as a Clinical dietitian at Baptist Medical Center Beaches and started my business in January 2012 (a dream come true!). After graduating with my Masters and spending a little time working as the wellness coordinator of the Trinity YMCA, my reason for going back to school for dietetics was to gain a better understanding of nutrition from a different point of view (aside from sports). After moving from Jacksonville, FL to Greenville, SC (in May 2014), I received my license to practice nutrition in SC and I am proud to have earned my Board Certification in Sport Nutrition (CSSD).
With my personal experience and education, I have spent much of my time focusing on understanding how to best coach and fuel the endurance athlete. With the help of Karel, we enjoy coaching and helping others to reach their own personal goals and to reach finishing lines. Karel no longer thinks I am crazy but instead, he enjoys this fun triathlon lifestyle with me (more about Karel on his page). Perhaps our lifestyle may seem a bit crazy but it is our way of making memories and traveling the world and we wouldn't want it any other way.
When I am not training or working, I love cooking plant-strong meals and being outside. It's quite obvious from my social media posts but I love my dog Campy (who is named after Campagnolo - Italian high-end bike component) and he is very famous for the best smiling and sleeping pictures.
Through my business, Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, I have had the great opportunity to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts from all over the world, reach personal fitness and nutrition related goals.
I look forward to growing the Trimarni business, writing, traveling and racing (race-cations) and making the most out of life.
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
Gradauted May 2004, Lexinton, KY.
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
South Carolina license - 1355
Commission on Dietetic Registration, RD certified, June 21, 2011
USA triathlon level 1 coach – certified 2007-current
American Heart Association CPR certified, 2008-2014
Red Cross certified – 1996-2008, 2010, Current
International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), 2005-2010
Received a certification by the American Dietetic Association in Adult Weight Management, 2009
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2008-present
International Society of Sports Nutrition, 2004-2012
Vegetarian Nutrition, 2009-present
Sport, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition, 2009-present
USA Triathlon - 2006 to present
PR's and Achievements
* Boston marathon qualifier
** Ironman World Championship qualifier
*** Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifier
SpaMe 5K, St. Johns, FL: 19:52 (2012)
Rotary 10K, Trinity, FL: 40.09 (2011) - Overall female winner
Gate River Run, Jacksonville, FL: 1:05:2 (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)*
Rock n' Rollman, Macon, GA: 3:18 (2013), Overall winner
Olympic distance triathlon:
Jacksonville Tri Series #3, Fernandina Beach, FL (2012): 2:15.21
Branson 70.3, Branson, Missouri (2012): 5:19.02***, Overall amateur female, age group course record
HITS Ocala, Ocala, FL (2014), 5:06.29, Overall female winner
Challenge Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (2015), 5:03:12, 2nd overall amateur female
Challenge Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA. (2015), 4:54:42, 1st overall amateur female
Lake James 50, Lake James, NC. (2016), 3:30.33, 1st overall female
Lake Logan Triathlon, Canton, NC. (2016), 4:53.47 (PR), 1st overall female
Ironman 70.3 Florida, Haines City, FL. (2018), 4:44.52 (PR), 1st age group (35-39), 5th overall female
Panama City Beach, FL: 11:00.47 (2006) 1st age group**
Ironman World Championship
Kona, Hawaii: 12:26.58 (2007)
Lousiville, Kentucky: 10:53.45 (2009), 7th age group
Madison, Wisconsin: 10:57.53 (2010), 4th age group **
Ironman World Championship
Kona, Hawaii: 11:02.14 (2011)
Ironman Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York: 10:43:14 (2013), 5th age group**
Ironman World Championship
Kona, Hawaii: 10:37:10 (2013)
Klagenfurt, Austria 10:17.35 (2014), 7th age group, PR
Madison, Wiscosin 10:44:.47 (2014), 3rd age group**, 6th overall amateur female
Ironman World Championship
Kona, Hawaii: 11:30:37 (2016)
Klagenfurt, Austria 10:06.354 (2016), 2nd age group, 4th amateur female, 10th overall female, fastest female swim, PR
Chattanooga, TN 10:28.50 (2017), 1st overall amateur female, 1st AG, 10th overall female.**
Klagenfurt, Austria 10:23.10 (2018), 2nd AG
Madison, Wisconsin 10:32.29 (2018), 1st AG**
Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition (Greenville, SC) - Owner
Author, Triathlon coach, Board Certified Sport Dietitian, writer, speaker.
Contributed articles to various sport/health-related websites and magazines, such as Fitness, Shape, Health, Women's Health, Men's Journal, Runners World, Cosmo Girl magazine, Bicycling, Women’s Running, Women's Health, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, LAVA, Triathlete magazine, Beginnertriathlete.com, USA triathlon.com, LAVA online, Ironman.com, Irongirl.com. Topics include health, wellness, fitness, exercise physiology and sport nutrition.
Baptist Medical Center Beaches (Jacksonville, FL)
Clinical Dietitian (PRN) (2011-2014)
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)