About Us

 Nancy Reinisch, USAT Level 1 Coach and Judy Haynes, Personal Fitness Trainer, established the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team to fill a void for women athletes on the Western Slope of Colorado. We offer women in our rural valley the opportunity to learn the basics of swimming, cycling, and run/walking in a supportive environment that promotes cooperation over competition.
For the past eighteen years we have coached hundreds of women to finish their first triathlon. We found that many of the women simply needed to awaken their inner athlete. Many of the women fell into two camps: they either once participated in sports but quit to work or raise families or they never had the confidence to try sports in the first place. The RFWTT gives women another chance to train, laugh, work-out, high-five, sweat, and accomplish things they never thought possible.
We train in the summer twice a week, for 14 weeks, from May to August. We meet in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday mornings from 6-8am where the emphasis is on running/walking/cycling/heart zone skills. We meet again on Saturday mornings or Monday evenings to learn pool and open water swimming skills. Extra workouts, lectures, and clinics are added throughout the summer.
In August, we take a field trip to Denver to participate in the Tri For The Cure Triathlon where Tri-Babies become Tri-Umphs when they cross the finish line! The event consists of a 1/2 mile open water swim, an 11.5 mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk.
Coaches Nancy and Judy are fortunate to have some of the Valley’s best staff and assistants to help them coach the Team. Each summer, alumni assistants and staff make it possible to have quality work-outs for the different ability levels of the participants. The swim coaches have the difficult task of teaching swimming skills to a variety of levels. Yet, each summer they manage to get everyone trained to do the distance. There is always a staff member or assistant available for support, encouragement, or feedback.

The unique RFWTT roster has included a physically challenged world champion blind triathlete and many AOA’s– adult onset athletes!

In 2006 Coach Reinisch was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and celebrated ten years of a joyful recovery.  Unfortunately, Coach Reinisch was diagnosed again in April, 2016 with advanced metastatic breast cancer. She continues to Coach the Team and participate in triathlons. Cancer survivors are a special part of the Team as they support and inspire everyone as they overcome the personal challenges of cancer. She blogs about her cancer journey at www.caringbridge.com  – Nancy Reinisch.

The Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team does more than just train for triathlons. For the past six years we have volunteered at the Extended Table to serve meals for the hungry and homeless in our community; since 2013 the Team has collected and donated new “hoodies” to the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital for the inpatient chemically dependent teens;  in 2010 the team collected donations to purchase 6 treadle sewing machines for Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya for the Sisterhood Exchange Program crafts cooperative; in 2009 we worked with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to build an inner city soft trail on Wulfsohn Mountain Park; in 2007 & 2006 we sponsored a Tri-It Blind Camp to connect blind triathletes with sighted guide athletes; in 2005 we sponsored a Breast Self-Exam Project to promote prevention of breast cancer. At Christmas, 2005, we supported the Family Visitor Program with gifts to their “Young Mother’s Project”. And most importantly, we are there with meals, transportation, and special support for our tri-sisters going through troubled times in their lives.

If you think it’s time for your inner athlete to shine come join the RFWTT! .