Regina grew up swimming and running competitively and knew she’d compete in triathlons someday. She started swimming competitively in fifth grade, but fell in love with running in seventh grade and competed in track and cross country through high school. Regina competed on a national level in cross country while setting school and divisional records. She continued running competitively while at Ithaca College, where she graduated in 1996 with a degree in Television and Psychology.
After college, Regina participated in her first sprint duathlon in 1998, placing first in her age group. She placed in her age group in each Sprint and Olympic triathlon she did thereafter. Taking a break from triathlon, she turned to competitive cycling in 2000. She competed on local New York City bike teams, as a Category 3 road cyclist, and raced all over New England with a focus on stage racing and criteriums. She also raced Cyclocross across the Northeast region and competed in the National Championships on the east and west coasts. In addition, she raced on the track, enjoying the pursuit and the madison.
After racing non-stop for five years on her bike, Regina turned to long course triathlon. She competed in her first half and full Ironman in 2006, and has improved ever since. She competed in her third Ironman in Lake Placid in 2009.
With a solid background in all three disciplines, Regina provides her clients with a very well balanced and knowledgeable approach to triathlon training. She designs highly personalized workouts and assists her clients in improving each area of triathlon. Regina focuses on the whole athlete and the entire season combining innovative and steadfast methods of triathlon coaching. Regina feels it is imperative not only to be trained well but also to know how to fuel while training and racing. As an athlete for most of her life, she knows how to make training a priority and incorporate it into a busy schedule.
Regina took a break from racing long course triathlon to obtain her Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition. Her passion for sports nutrition evolved during her time as a bike racer in which she was habitually overtrained. In an effort to learn more about food and how to eat for training, racing and recovery, she pursued a holistic path of nutrition education. However, she realized this route did not provide the background in science required to understand biochemistry, metabolism or the intricacies of hormonal balance and blood markers of nutrition deficiencies. She completed her thesis research on the effects of dietary intake and energy balance on elite cyclists and the subsequent impact on bone density. Regina, a Registered Dietitian (RD), is on her way to becoming a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).
Regina’s primary nutrition interests are: hydration, ultra endurance training and racing (IM race plans), carbohydrate metabolism (fasted training), metabolic efficiency, energy balance, bone density, and the metabolic effects/changes one experiences from weight loss. Her goals are: to provide practical application of nutrition research combined with real-life proven results to her clients; empower weight loss clients with tools for behavior change and goal setting; debunk popular diet myths; and help clients weed through the overwhelming amount of nutrition and diet recommendations found in the media to determine the best eating plan for them.
Regina resides in Colorado Springs, CO where she enjoys running up and down the trails of Pikes Peak and competing in local trail races.