The Sickest Nutrition Deal Ever

December 13, 2014 by holisticguru


RIGHT NOW (sign up through December only) I’m offering the lowest price I ever have for nutrition counseling. I’m looking for 7 new clients to do a 3-month version of my 6-month program for only $100 per month (normally $195/month for 6 months). Once these 7 spots are taken, anyone else will pay the regular price. Three spots were spoken for on the first day – leaving only 4 MORE SPOTS.

The 3-month Nutrition Counseling Program is a shortened version of the 6-month program (with an option to continue to 6 months at the $100 monthly fee. All programs include:

- Two phone or skype sessions per month, held bi-weekly
- Handouts, simple and delicious recipes, and notes to accompany every session
- Unlimited email support between sessions
- A personalized nutrition plan based on the needs of your body, including set action steps to be held accountable for between sessions to help you reach your goal
- An in-depth understanding of your training and racing nutritional needs (when applicable)
- Tips to prepare simple and healthy meals, control your cravings and balance your macro-nutrients to fit your metabolic type

This can be an AWESOME holiday gift for a friend or loved one. If you’d like to give this as a gift, I’m happy to send you a gift certificate with a healthy gift to give to the person. Then they can schedule their sessions with me personally.

Get your butt in gear for 2015! Don’t wait! Email me: to schedule your initial consult RIGHT NOW!


Gallery 57 Dental Gives Matching Donation up to $1250!

December 8, 2014 by holisticguru
Andrew Koenigsberg - Dentist/ Ironman!

Andrew Koenigsberg – Dentist/ Ironman!

Strong Like Bull athlete, Andy the Dentist, of Gallery 57 Dental has offered us a HUGE matching donation in honor of our next long run to train for our 50k race at Watchung! ALL of the money we raise will be used to buy holiday gifts for children in inpatient pediatric oncology units. We plan to run 3 loops of the course (6.2 miles each) tomorrow. Here’s what we ask: Are you willing to donate $19 (miles) OR $30 (kilometers) or MORE to be matched by Andy and Gallery 57 Dental? Just think of what (19 x 2) $38 can buy for sick children who are fighting cancer this holiday season. Our goal is to raise $6,500 by December 20th!

Andy is one of our BEST training partners AND he’s our dentist. He’s the coolest dentist in the universe. In fact, he raced Ironman Cozumel a couple of weeks ago in a Team Continuum kit and he saw other TC athletes out there racing too! So cool!

Andy and John at Strong Like Bull cycling camp in Spain

Andy and John at Strong Like Bull cycling camp in Spain

Thank you so much for your generosity, Andy and Gallery 57 Dental!

Please donate here and your money will be doubled from now until midnight on December 8th (tomorrow).


November 20, 2014 by holisticguru

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Hey peeps,

Now its OUR turn to raise money! (You can donate here). We (Coach John andChristine) recently learned that Team Continuum donates approximately $6000-7000 per year to purchase holiday gifts for children in inpatient pediatric oncology units in our local hospitals. This tradition began in the earliest days of Team Continuum by our founder, Paul Nicholls. The following story, telling how the tradition began, was shared by one of the first TC athletes, Peter LaMonica, on our Facebook page. Hearing this story inspired us to choose a race and to raise THE ENTIRE HOLIDAY GIFT AMOUNT ourselves. We are always asking friends, family, and even strangers to join our cause and to race and raise money for us. Now, with NYC Marathon season behind us, its our turn. We will be running the Watchung 50k Trail Race with New Jersey Trail Series on January 3, 2015, and with your help we intend to complete our fundraising by December 20th, 2014.

“One Christmas…

This is one of many stories I have with Paul Nichols. In the beginning of Team Continuum, we held the second annual appreciation party for all of the people that worked so hard for the year. A couple of weeks prior, Paul was at the hospital having his weekly check up and while sitting in the waiting room, he noticed a play pen with one toy in it. He asked the receptionist why there was only one toy in the pen, and she told him that the toy was for all of the kids in the pediatric cancer area.

Now, If you know Paul, there is no way he’s going to stand for this! So we had the party and Paul asked everyone to bring a wrapped toy. Well, the next day, we had over 1,500 wrapped toys! We brought the toys to Paul’s home, and put them in a small apartment in the townhouse. On Christmas Eve we had people donate some of their holiday time to distribute the toys to five hospitals in NYC. With limousines donated to deliver, Paul and I delivered gifts in the terminal children’s areas of the hospitals, placing a toy at their bedsides. We brought all the toys to the play room, and the kids came in. A little girl came up to me and asked if she could have a toy ( so humble), I said, “you can have three toys!”

The best part, for me, involved a young girl who had a rare brain tumor. Her dream was to learn to play the guitar but she didn’t have the means. Paul gave her a brand new guitar. These kids sat in that room and so respectfully opened their gifts. This was the most fulfilling Christmas I have ever spent.

And this is the person Paul Nichols was… all after noticing a playpen with one toy, Paul and Team Continuum brought happiness to so many that Christmas. That playpen will never be empty again.

Peter La Monica”

Please consider contributing to this very specific cause. Help us bring holiday cheer to these children, as they fight their fight. Let’s put a smile on their faces. This will be our first 50k run (both John and Christine) and we will be running that day with these children on our minds, knowing that you all helped us to brighten their holiday season.

Thank you for your support of Team Continuum! Click here to donate.

Katy Kicked Her First Tri’s Butt!

October 14, 2014 by holisticguru

So, I’m coaching Katy and she is busting into tri and killing it already. You need to admire her dedication. Also she’s super funny. Here’s her race report from Mermaid Capitola Tri! I’m so damn proud!


Pre Race Saturday:

Drank water all day, some of it was with Nuun. Dinner at 6pm of pasta with marinara, small salad, and an apple.

Race Day Sunday:

Thoughts going in were that I knew my knee was going to be sore from the bike wreck the previous week and to just do what I could. I was over thinking about it and just wanted to do the damn race.

Amrita Bar and apple for breakfast.

Rode bike to transition area since only about a mile away downhill. Great on the way there…not so great later. Noticed numerous boys pumping up tires on bikes of numerous girls and thought of the Laura & Christine podcast about being self-sufficient. Transition area was irritating with chicks yacking about kids, divorce, blah blah blah. Told swim start was delayed but headed to the beach which was about 8 minute walk…again downhill. (do you see a trend?) Jumped in and out of waves and paddled around waiting for swim start.

Swim (or more like dog paddle): “Get your mermaid tail to the start”

Ran out to Taylor Swift song. Really? REALLY?

Swells were big (well they seemed big) and current was strong pushing me back towards the start. I was freaking out. I felt so compressed by wetsuit that I could not get a deep breath. Kept telling myself to calm down and nobody was going to let me drown. Because I’m a mermaid…duh. Wasn’t even half way to the first buoy and was considering getting pulled out. I’m serious. I was really freaking out. But kept telling myself that I would be ok. Since I could not catch my breath, and was in my head, I was not really swimming…more of a dog paddle. Briefly thought how I could be back in hotel room watching the Food Network. Briefly thought about how Christine the Evil Kitten would kick my ass if I did. Before I could get to the first buoy I could hear the wave behind me starting which only contributed to my overall freak out. ….you’re a mermaid Katy…keep paddling….. Remembered my plan was to flip on my back. So I did. Freaked out more because I couldn’t see and water was sloshing over me…so back to dog paddle. Tried to focus on crawl with head out of water. Kept telling myself that consistency would soothe me and get me out of my head.

Use your arms Katy…breathe Katy….

Nice ladies in other colored caps swarmed me, one asked if I was ok. I said yes. I’m a mermaid. Then I hit the sea of kelp. Fuck me. Are you serious? What is your problem Poseidon? Hit second buoy. Excited because I could see the shore and for some reason thought the current would carry me right in. Apparently not and Poseidon is a dick. Noticed the shore line was full of lifeguards and they were bringing in swimmers. Ya, I’m about to die but I notice the hot lifeguards. Swimmers were getting in but then being tossed with the waves. Got my feet under me and started to go in and was warned about wave behind me by lifeguard. Wave hit us both and we were tossed. We ended up on the shore with me on his lap. Asked if I could stay there. He said no and to keep going.


Got out of water and went to transition area…uphill slog of about 10 minutes…knee was being a bitch. I was one of the few bikes left in the transition area so I did not have the shit show to deal with.


The Goz (bike) and I got out and on the road and had a Gu and started working on getting some Nuun in me. I could not stop spitting, I think I drank a ton of salt water during the swim. Poseidon is a dick. Passed some people, had some back and forth, felt good. Kept spitting. Knew the climb was coming. Didn’t appreciate the dumbass volunteer who shouted “all uphill from here.” Really Jhole? Is that encouragement? I struggle with gears, this is something I need to work on. I get confused. Started doing math equations in my head to ignore the fact that I was struggling on the incline. Walked at ‘almost’ the top of the hill. My gears were all messed up and calves were crampy. Said fuck-it. Katy needs to catch her breath. Downhill fly down, ate half an Amrita Bar bar as I flew by bikers who were being cautious and breaking at every corner. So annoying. Get out of my way. I’m a mermaid on two wheels! Some woman named Elizabeth and I kept going back and forth. Decided hell with that and she was going down. Never saw her again. Counted 6 water bottles on the route. Apparently some people don’t practice grabbing and drinking. Rolled to transition and knee was REALLY pissed.


Tried to run.


So I embraced the power walk which I did until about the last mile then ran. Hit the beach and the hard sand…knee said no. There was some sort of blue grass band playing under the wharf. If I wasn’t busy being a bad ass mermaid I would have stopped to enjoy them.

So did a little trot over the finish line.

Texted Evil Kitten.

Slogged back uphill to my hotel and was asked by a boy (probably about 8) how was the race? I said awesome. He gave be a high 5.

I love beach towns.

Pain in the Mass Tour Race Report!

October 7, 2014 by holisticguru


Yes! I got to do a race! I’ve been surviving my injury (rupured plantar fascia at Block Island Tri in early August). It started with 3 weeks of crutches and NO weight bearing and then more time in a walking boot. Now I’m at 10 weeks post-injury and I’m walking fine, unable to run, nursing some atrophy in my foot, and I’m able to ride my bike! Its been pretty tough to be off my feet for so long. If I didn’t have the Pain in the Mass Tour to focus on I would have needed padded walls. I literally got on the bike trainer before I could really walk, and that was only 2 weeks before race day!

PITM logo

This event was a first time event and I was amazed at how well run it was. The organizers are completely new at putting on a race and they thought of nearly everything and even added some special extra touches! I wrangled up my parents and my friend Michael to volunteer for the weekend and it was super awesome to have them all there. It was a 2 day event and a point-to-point ride. The entire ride was timed and the two main climbs were timed. There were individual and team awards. But before I get into the details of the actual race, I want to explain the WHY.

This event is a fundraiser for the Tyler Foundation. The foundation was established by Heather (an event organizer) and Erik in honor of their son Tyler.  Tyler was born with epilepsy and as an infant he suffered up to 20 grand mal seizures per day. His parents were fortunate enough to be able to afford all of the expenses (food, gas, equipment) during Tyler’s extended hospital stays but they thought of the families who struggled. This is why they began the Tyler Foundation – to help families of children with epilepsy who are being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and UMASS Memorial Children’s Medical Center to be able to cover their expenses. They are very similar to Team Continuum in this way. All proceeds from the event go to the Home Away Fund/ Tyler Foundation.

The event was insane. You know I love riding up mountains on my bike and this was the BEST climbing I’ve done in the US. My Evil racing Cult bike was donning its ERC race wheels and looking darned sexy, if you ask me. Day 1 began with a 30 mile warm up to get to the first climb, Mt Wachusett. I used the first 30 miles to chill and just meet the familiar faces. I hadn’t been training for long so I planned to just race the climbs and enjoy the rest of the ride in a chill fashion. Of course I came to a couple of really steep shorter climbs and couldn’t resist digging in, to which I got some comments from the tough guys because I think they weren’t expecting lil’ ole me to breeze by up a big hill. Giggle. The weather was a bit chilly (gloves, hat, jacket) but warmed up enough to start shedding layers by the first aid station. When we finally arrived at Mt Wachusett I was pumped. I went over the timing mat and dug in. I passed people one by one and felt STRONG. I was surprised at how comfortable I was, considering I hadn’t been on my bike in a long time. I was the first lady to get to the top and was QOM. At the top I waited for my folks and chatted with a new nutrition client of mine who has been struggling with some muscle cramping. I asked him if he had done all the things I had told him to do to avoid cramping. He said no. So I made fun of him and glued myself to him for the rest of the day (nearly 80 miles). I tried to get him back on track with electrolytes and hydration and stopped with him when he would cramp. Eventually we collected a group of people who were happy to chill a bit but eventually my buddy started to cramp less and we all picked up the pace and hammered it in. I was FRICKING COOKED by the time we got back. Day one was 117 miles and like 9,000 feet of climbing.

4 exhausted cyclists, 4 bikes, one elevator

4 exhausted cyclists, 4 bikes, one elevator

When I got back to the hotel I was completely exhausted but totally wired. I started to panic that I wouldn’t sleep because I was excited and nervous for the next day. I went up to my room and the race staff already had my luggage in there waiting for me. That was a special touch that I deeply appreciated. Then I was off to dinner and they had GLUTEN FREE PASTA! I ate all the things and then put my name on the list for free massage after dinner. I got a two-lady massage, and if you have never had one, I suggest you grab the first two ladies you see right now and make them give you a massage at the same time. From there folks were fixing to go get drinks and hang out but I opted to go to my room and chill and get some good sleep. I took my FemMed Sleep (that I use especially for mega training and HARD racing) and was out cold and didn’t even wake up when my roomie came in after hanging with the cool kids. That stuff is like a mix of magic, plus a snuggly blankie, plus your mom reading you a bedtime story. I sweat through my sleep because my metabolism was through the roof from my crazy day. And I was already sore and my voice was hoarse. Holy moly.

2 ladies, 4 hands, 1 melting athlete

2 ladies, 4 hands, 1 melting athlete

The next morning I woke up looking like a beautiful-queen-cycling-goddess, or at least I felt like one. I went down to breakfast, dropped my luggage back in the luggage sag van, then batted my lashes at the bike mechanic and asked him to pretty please make my bike shift in all its gears again. We met at the start and had a mini KOM and QOM ceremony from the day prior. I got a polka dot jersey! Yay! Then we were off for day 2! 64 miles with about 6,000 feet of climbing! I felt surprisingly good and told the weather “bring it” with its dreary, gloomy drizzle. I have survived some pretty mean weather conditions and I knew that weather was going to blow over soon. Within an hour I was shedding layers, and an hour after that it was dry and sunny. My plan again was to only race the timed climb, Mt Greylock, and to make friends when I wasn’t climbing. I chatted up some honeys and they were my new friends, and PS they are wicked cyclists. I also rode with some fellas and noticed again that boys seem to always have something wrong with their bike that is slowing them down. Especially this guy named Peter. He had the worst luck. He totally would have beat me up the mountain the day before if he was able to shift into his small ring. Then he was struggling to keep up because all three of his wheels were flat. I mean, this guy must be a machine normally. Just a bad weekend I guess.


Queen of the Mountains!

Most importantly, this ride was BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. The overwhelming beauty started at the beginning of the 6-mile climb-to-the-climb. Me and the ladies took that easy and soaked it all in. The last aid station before the climb was super sweet because my mom and dad were there with my friend Michael! It was so great to see their faces and everyone enjoyed their company. Finally, at the bottom of Mt Greylock I started to get wicked nervous! I put on my climbing playlist as I began pedaling, building my confidence up as I thought of all of the SICK climbing I have done at Strong Like Bull. I was prepared. Several years of SLB meant that my default was to be prepared for the climbing worst, even without much training. I dug in. Oh man that climb was tough! It was harder than I expected and rivaled the bottom section of the Pico ride in Spain! This was no joke! I often wondered if I might tip over and thought about stopping to rest, but I didn’t. I just took it super easy and slow at the toughest portions. Toward the top the elevation gain started to chill out a bit, or the view was so gorgeous it distracted me… or both.  Again I was QOM and I was super stoked. Then, I was even more stoked when my nutrition client got to the top of the climb and said he had zero cramping all day and had been hydrating according to schedule. BOOM! I TOLD YA SO! The descent down the mountain was everything you’re hoping it was, switchbacks and smooth surface and 40 MPH excitement. From there I don’t remember much of the last bit of the ride back to the finish. It was great but I was too happy to notice details.

Look. I helped.

Look. I helped.

The finish was spectacular. They had BBQ food, and a dj, and fancy/healthy chocolate (Perfect Fuel) that was amazingly delicious, and beer, and a lake to jump in and rinse off. We had an awards ceremony and everyone sat around to celebrate and share their war stories. I will definitely do this ride again and the next time I will be bringing a badass team of SLB monsters.

Summit of Mt Grelock. Ooooooooh. Aaaaahhhhh.

Summit of Mt Grelock. Ooooooooh. Aaaaahhhhh.

Now I’m cycling focused, riding my mountain bike tons. And I plan to try running this weekend if I get a green light from the doctor. Cannot wait to run again after crewing Bobby at the Grindstone 100-mile run this weekend!

Do this event with me! The Pain in the Mass Tour!

June 26, 2014 by holisticguru


Its put on by my buddy at Boston Common Coffee Co. The event is on September 20th and 21st and has some serious climbing! My fave! Its a timed event and they have KOM and QOM jerseys. I want one.

Check it out here: Pain in the Mass Tour

Why I Don’t Eat Wheat

June 26, 2014 by holisticguru


Warning: This is a totally gross post! People always ask why I don’t eat wheat. This picture is why. I ate wheat (a small amount) while working last weekend and this is my body’s reaction. This is the skin flaking off of my scalp and hair coming with it. It also bleeds but isn’t that bad this time. If this is a reaction I notice (inflammation), I imagine my body reacts negatively in other ways as well (silent inflammation). I treat this with a special shampoo and get back to avoiding wheat in my diet.

When I used to eat normal amounts of wheat products I had this constantly, all over my scalp and onto my forehead and my hair became very thin. I also had chronic migraines. I haven’t had a migraine in 6 years now that I’ve stopped eating wheat and this nasty scalp issue comes up very infrequently as a way for my body to tell me that I got “wheated”. And I don’t have celiac disease!

So there you have it! You’re welcome.


American Zofingen 2014 Race Report

June 2, 2014 by holisticguru
Feeling wicked ready to race during my shake out workout the day before

Feeling wicked ready to race during my shake out workout the day before

Have I ever told you I love this race? I’m IN LOVE with it, for real. I love the beautiful views, the technical terrain, the people who organize it and the brave athletes who race it. Mainly I love the fact that you really need to be at least a little crazy to line up at the start. And with some luck, and massive guts, you’ll even get to the finish.

In the days leading up to the race I began to ponder the potential surprise obstacles that could be thrown at us on race day. The last couple of years Mother Nature got in on the fun of making us suffer with the “Rain Year” and the “Hot Year”. But the weather was looking like it might be perfect so there had to be something else. “Am Zof is never kind” is what I repeated over and over to myself while I went through my pre-race ritual. I looked forward to the wild card I knew would come. I like a challenge with a heaping side of extra challenges.

On race morning I was nervous. I was lining up as 2x champ, which was a new flavor of pressure I had never tasted before and I had grown rather fond of being known as the Queen of Am Zof. I looked to John for advice and encouragement. He grabbed a sharpie and wrote on my forearm “RACE LIKE A CHAMP”. I felt ready. My training for this race was near perfect, minus a week of being sick with the flu. I had been sleeping amazingly well for months thanks to the new sleep supplement I discovered, FemMed Sleep. Sleep is one of the best things you can do well as an athlete and I’m stoked to finally have it down. And I knew I had the advantage of having escaped winter to train for this race in Spain at Strong Like Bull while most others hadn’t had many outdoor rides since last season. BRING IT.

The start was announced and I hopped in the front with the fast guys. I kept them in sight for the first mile and it felt effortless. We got to the first turn and the usual left turn was blocked off so we took a right and everyone who had done the race before began to chatter about how the RD didn’t mention the course change, which was a surprise. Perhaps it was a last minute decision. I just hoped the new loop would be as hard. I was sure the trail marker hadn’t been changed because it was very convincingly blocked and roped off. It was definitely not a sign turned the wrong way. We continued to run and I talked the ears off of the people around me. I was excited. I was in my element and I was running really well while putting a gap in between myself and the other ladies. After running for 1.5 miles, the guys who had gone ahead were suddenly running towards us and telling us to turn around. NO. THIS CAN’T BE REALLY HAPPENING. “Am Zof is never kind”. As we ran back in the other direction, the people behind us were told to turn, not having run as far as us. Soon we saw the women behind me. “There goes my gap” I thought as they jumped in our growing pack of runners. I had run over three extra miles when we got back to mile 1 when someone suggested we just run back to the start and have a do over. I liked that idea but as a group we decided to just continue along. I stepped on the gas, determined to get my lead back because running is a strength for me. In retrospect, this may have been a mistake but it was a tactical move that I made and when racing “like a champ” you gotta take risks. I got out of t1 with only a two minute lead. John was there and I babbled at him about what happened, though he had already heard. He told me to stop talking and get it out of my head. Good thinking. Easier said than done.

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My goal for the bike was to keep my heart rate between 150-155. The ride starts with dirt to get out to the road which is crazy fun. Then you start the ride halfway into the toughest climb so it feels like you’re getting a bit of a break. I felt great and stayed with my plan. After about 45 minutes I sensed a woman approaching. At the beautiful switchback I got passed. She was flying. I focused on riding hard enough to keep her in sight in hopes that she was inexperienced with this race and blowing herself up. I definitely picked up my pace substantially and began to ignore my heart rate goal. At the end of my first loop I got a split from John. I was only 3 minutes behind. I could still catch her on the run. At this point I had confirmation from her teammate that she was the woman who took second last year. I knew she was a monster cyclist but that I was the stronger runner. With this knowledge, I decided to get back to my heart rate goal and save myself to destroy the run. I was ready for some exciting racing in the trails. At the end of my second lap I got my next split… 13 minutes back now. At this point I was feeling pretty cooked from the additional running miles on the first run and then drilling the first lap of the bike. I picked the pace back up for my third lap but I was fading and hoping that my run legs wouldn’t be too badly effected. At about mile 12 of the last lap I got passed by another girl. At this point I started to get really negative and angry about the extra running in the beginning of the race. I never let negativity into my head when I race and this time it got the best of me. I rode another 5 miles or so making a stink in my head. Then I caught myself there and I decided to cut it out. I raced the last of that loop hard and started the second run 18 minutes and 8 minutes back from the other ladies.

The chances of me catching them now were very slim but anything can happen on that run. The run is where the wheels really fall off in this race. I ran without walking the enormous hills but I was suffering. When I got my split I hadn’t put in any time. After the second loop it was the same but I heard that second was catching first. At this point I knew I wasn’t catching either of them. I allowed myself to hike the hills on the last lap and I focused on how much I love the course.

I finished in third after some tough racing. I did “Race like a champ”. I’m proud of the risks that I took and I’m grateful to race at the front of the toughest duathlon in the world against such talented women. The woman who won is such a badass cyclist and she likely would have beat me even without the extra running in the first lap. Congrats on your win, Queen of Am Zof!

Post-race beer in the bath. Because that's how I do after racing my heart out.

Post-race beer in the bath. Because that’s how I do after racing my heart out.

And now, onward to Long Course Worlds in September on the original Zofingen course! (After a serious mid season break – maybe MMA or roller derby for a couple of months?).

Sleep is Free Medicine – Announcing femMED Sponsorship!

March 20, 2014 by holisticguru

“Welcome to, something like elation when you first open your eyes, just cuz it means, you must have finally got to sleep last night” – Ani Difranco

femMED + Live and Eat Better = Evil Racing MACHINE

femMED + Live and Eat Better = Evil Racing MACHINE

So you guys may not know this about me but I have been struggling with insomnia for about 6 years now.  It had gotten to the point where I would get jealous of people who complained of being sleepy. I’d get angry at John for being asleep next to me as I laid awake for 2+ hours every night.  I consider myself to be one of the lightest sleepers on the planet.  The slightest noise, movement or light will wake me up.  Over the last 6 years I have tried everything and have done countless hours of research.  I started with natural supplements, changing my sleep environment, removing ALL caffeine, sleep apps, etc.  I’m ashamed to say that I got SO desperate that I tried prescription sleep aids from my doctor.  Even those didn’t help and the side effects freaked me out. Ambien came with warnings that I might hallucinate and drive, cook, or have sex in my sleep.  Before going to bed for the couple of weeks that I tried that med, I said goodnight to John with an apology for anything I might do to him while unconscious.  Nothing exciting happened because the drugs didn’t help me sleep.  Eventually I found that one glass of red wine right before bed helped me to fall asleep but not sleep deeply.  Falling asleep was at least something, so I went with that one for a long time.  A glass of red wine every day is fine for a lot of people but I wasn’t comfortable with NEEDING wine to sleep, so I continued my search.

Proof that I sleep soundly now. Check out that bed head and beauty sleep results!

Proof that I sleep soundly now. Check out that bed head and beauty sleep results!

One day I was killing time in Duane Reade and I saw a bottle of femMED Sleep  on the clearance rack.  I have no idea why it was 50% off but I liked the list of ingredients.  I had become familiar with skullcap (to relax your brain), melatonin (to help fall asleep), 5-htp (for sleep and mood) -but I hadn’t found anything that combined them all.  There were also a few ingredients listed that I hadn’t tried (magnolia bark, lemon balm, passion flower, amur bark, L-theanine).  I decided to give it a try.  Lo and behold – I slept on the first night and every night after!  I fell asleep within 15 minutes, slept through the night, and woke up singing Hallelujah!  If you have ever struggled with sleep you know what I’m talking about.  It is a feeling of elation to wake up knowing you finally slept. That was 3 months ago and now I sleep EVERY NIGHT.  I even ran out of the supplement because I couldn’t find it in the store again and I slept anyway, even without taking it.  This leads me to think there is a bit of an adaptogenic effect on me.  This year at SLB was the first of 4 years that I actually slept.  I have had awful insomnia there in the past which has lead to unbearable anxiety.  Now that I was able to sleep, my training increased from 15-18 hours per week to 21-26 per week.  My day was packed and I felt AWESOME.  I would wake up, food shop, put out lunches, train for 4-7 hours, then cook dinner for 10-14 people – like I was a superhero.  I did my fastest climb for my first QOM of SLB and beat some very talented athletes up that mountain. And when it was all said and done I felt like I wanted more.  I even came back to NYC craving a race.  I honestly credit this improved performance 100% to sleep.  Even before SLB I was reaping the benefits of my renewed sleep habits during my 90-mile run weeks to train for Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon.  Plus, I had that January Watchung Marathon overall win.  I think I’m headed into a breakthrough season and I have a couple of big surprises up my sleeve in terms of events and qualifications *hint* *hint*.

Queen of the Mountain at SLB. Check out all of the boys consoling each other in the background. The poor guys all got chicked!

Queen of the Mountain at SLB. Check out all of the boys consoling each other in the background. The poor guys all got chicked!

So, I emailed femMED with a testimonial and a thank you.  I also wanted to inquire about where to purchase their product but instead they agreed to a sponsorship deal because they were inspired by my story!  I’m wildly excited about this.  The company is founded and directed by women and the products are geared towards women’s health.  None of the products are tested on animals.  Check out their story. Their blog is also awesome.

A word about my position on supplements: I am constantly approached by supplement companies offering me product sponsorship and I’ve never even accepted samples from any of them.  I don’t just accept sponsorship deals willy-nilly, you all know that.  I believe in trying to take care of my body through diet and lifestyle FIRST.  I don’t put my name behind products that I don’t LOVE.  That said, there are certain health issues that require more than just diet and lifestyle changes.  Hormonal imbalances, chronic insomnia, nutritional deficiencies… these are all issues that female endurance athletes are known to struggle with.  I take supplements for these specific issues when my training load increases throughout the season.  I use them a bit less during the off-season.  I found femMED through my own exploration and I know that their products work for me.  I will be trying the Hormonal Balance (I’ve had nasty PMS crankiness for the last few months, so much so that John had to wait to propose to me. HA!). I’ll also try using the Energy supplement only as needed if I have a blah day.  And I’m going to replace my multi with the femMED Multi + Antioxidants.

The beginning of my best (most well-rested) season yet. WATCH OUT!

The beginning of my best (most well-rested) season yet. WATCH OUT!

And here’s more good news. My peeps get a 10% discount. Go to and use code “holistic”.

Sweet dreams!

SLB 2014 – Wrap up!

March 18, 2014 by holisticguru
Climbing cam selfie

Climbing cam selfie

What a freaking awesome trip! Last week I trained 26 hours! I cooked for up to 14 people nearly every night. I made new friends and got to hang with old friends.  SLB has come to an end and I already can’t wait for next year. I’m ready to be back home, take some recovery, start my new internship placement, and focus on my final push for Am Zof! I also have some other exciting news… I’ve been named an All-American Duathlete through USAT! And Jasmine was too. Woot! We had a blast being giddy about the news together. We are both hoping for spots on Team USA for Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. Fingers crossed!

All-American Duathlete in da hizzouse!

All-American Duathlete in da hizzouse!

This is my life.

This is my life.


And I get to marry this guy.

And I get to marry this guy.

I love Spain and SLB but I love home just as much. BIG THINGS on the horizon!

I love Spain and SLB but I love home just as much. BIG THINGS on the horizon!