Hello, I'm Coach Cristina.
science based nutrition & coaching.
Life is an adventure. Live every day to the fullest!
For as long as I can remember, I have been an athlete. Swimming, soccer, tennis, softball, skiing, you name it, I did it. Swimming was my main passion, and one that carried me into a Division 1 program at Miami University. While in school, I realized that the field of exercise physiology and nutrition was where I wanted to be. After graduating with a degree in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition, I knew that I wanted to help athletes achieve success. The feeling of watching athletes cross the line in their first sprint triathlon, or hearing “You Are An Ironman” still gives me chills.
Being able to do what I love while putting my family first is, for me, the key to happiness. I’m so thankful and blessed to have an amazing husband, two adorable sons and one awesome Rhodesian Ridgeback. They make my life full of joy, love and add a bit of craziness. In my spare time you’ll find me racing triathlons, running races (trails are my favorite), open water swimming, cycling, stand up paddle boarding and participating in any adventure race that comes my way. I’m always up for a challenge!
- BS in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
- MS in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition
- USAT Level 2 Triathlon coach
- RRCA Running Coach
- ASCA Swimming Coach
- Graduate of the International Olympic Committee’s Sports Nutrition Diploma (IOC Dip)
- Certified sports nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
- Former Division 1 swimmer at Miami University
I’ve been a triathlete for the past 15 years and a coach for the past 11. I’ve worked with athletes of all abilities including age group triathletes, collegiate athletes, professional triathletes, marathoners and ultramarathoners, World Championship qualifiers, Boston Qualifiers, and even Olympic athletes. My specialties include swimming, power based cycling, long distance running, sports nutrition, working with the time crunched athlete and athletes that tend to be injury prone. Plus of course, training and racing while pregnant and with a family.
I’d love to speak with you today about coaching.
Athletes’ Success Stories
I’ve only been working with Tina for a short period of time, but she has already helped me immensely with my nutrition. She really works hard to understand you and educate you along the way. I can’t thank her enough for the knowledge and tools she has equipped me with and for her genuine care and support!
Because Cristina is an endurance athlete herself, she knows how to fuel, and what it feels like when you aren’t fueled correctly. To her, no food group is an enemy. In fact, she likes to tell me that food is fuel. I especially liked that it felt safe to disclose my past history with disordered eating, so she could help me figure out how to eat for nutrition and to lay down some of the baggage. She is a fun and low-key coach – she can go all-out harder than I can, but I never feel like I’m out of my depth.
I was a newcomer to the world of Long Course Triathlon competition this past 2014 season. I knew nothing about the nutrition and fueling needs required to back up training loads and competitions. I reached out to Tina through Valor Triathlon to set up a personalized fueling and nutrition plan for both Full and Half IM racing. Tina is extremely knowledgeable and steeped in research! Read her Blog! She was very detailed during our initial interview, gathering information on my past history and goals looking forward. We went over sweat rates and hydration, pre-race nutrition, sodium intake, and race fueling. What followed was an invaluable detailed hourly nutrition and fueling plan for each distance. I went on to complete the Syracuse Half IM and IMLP, and the nutrition plans worked to a tee for both races. Tina is passionate about what she does and takes the time to follow up with her athletes to see how things worked out should there be a need for adjustments.
Along the way, Cristina worked with me with my nutrition including both general nutrition as well as race-day plans. Even though I felt experienced as a runner she helped me PR in my half and then break that PR two weeks later, knocking 15 minutes off three different course records as well. My previous PRs were four years old, and I had accepted getting slower as a part of aging, so it’s nice to know that I can still improve. Cristina and I have also worked with swimming one-on-one, and I look forward to seeing improvements this season. Cristina is very positive, a good listener and also very organized. She’s continuing her education getting a masters in exercise and sports nutrition. I recommend her fully to any athlete.
I started working with Cristina because I was having such a hard time re-learning how to eat after learning I’m lactose intolerant. The three day analysis was a fast and easy way to figure out where things were out of balance. Cristina was quick and thorough. I felt like the analysis was clear and understandable. I learned a lot from the three days of tracking.