Coach Biographies

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Coach Biography
Judy Haynes

Judy Haynes had so much fun doing her first triathlon in 1992 that she has not missed a year without competing in a triathlon each summer. She remembers standing at the edge of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by the best triathletes in the country and other excited first-timers like herself. As the race wave began, she jumped into the waves and found herself forever hooked on triathlon.

Judy has been swimming competitively since the 4th grade, specializing in freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. As an adult she has competed in Master’s swimming in Arizona and Colorado finishing in the top 10 in National meets. In 1994, Judy and husband John founded Fitworks Personal Training in Yuma, Arizona. They moved to Glenwood Springs in 1996 opening the first Spinning program in the Valley and began doing personal training and sports conditioning in Glenwood and Carbondale. In 1999, Judy created the first Co-ed Tri Training Program in the Valley. In 2000, Judy recruited her friend and triathlete, Nancy Reinisch, to help develop and co-coach the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team.

Judy is a certified personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and certified Pilates instructor. She has received numerous training credits in functional fitness, sports coaching, and post-rehabilitation fitness.  She has a BSW from Arizona State University.

For the past 25 years Judy has lived , recreated, and raised her two children in Glenwood Springs Colorado with her husband, John.

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Coach Biography
Nancy Reinisch

Coach Nancy is a USAT Level 1 Coach and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated  from Colorado College and received her MSW from Denver University. Nancy recently retired from her private practice in psychotherapy where she specialized in empowerment skills for women. She has been a recreational triathlete for over thirty years. Seventeen years ago she joined friend and co-coach Judy Haynes to coach the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team.

For four years Coach Nancy served as a sighted guide to blind triathlete, Nancy Stevens. In 2005 “Team Nancy” won the ITU Short Course World Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii in the visually impaired women’s division (AWAD). They became the first all woman guide and blind athlete duo to compete at the World level. In 2015, Coach Nancy returned solo to the ITU Sprint World Championships in Chicago where she competed with Team USA in the 60-64 year old age division.

In 2014, at 61 she completed her first Half-Ironman 70.3 in Boulder, Colorado. Since that time she has used her “70.3 Keep it Simple, Less is More” training plan to coach other women through their first half-ironman. Coach Nancy’s life goals are to use triathlon to stay fit in mind and body.

Coach Nancy is a contributing writer to Colorado Runner Magazine, Mountain Parent Magazine, USA Triathlon Magazine, and USAT Multizone Newsletter. Her most recent publications include, “She Who Has the Most Fun Won” in Colorado Runner Magazine, Winter 2015 and “Thirteen ‘Carrots’ for 70.3”, Colorado Runner Magazine Winter 2014. She was highlighted as a triathlon mentor in the book, You Can Do It, The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-up Girls, by 9-11 victim Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas. In 2008, as a breast cancer survivor, Coach Nancy wrote the book Chemosabee: A Triathlete’s Journey Through the First Year of Breast Cancer, New Road Press,  www.chemosabee.com.  In 2008 she was awarded the Glenwood Springs Chamber Athena Award for her service to women in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2016 she was awarded the Rally the Valley Spirit Award for her work with cancer survivors.

Coach Nancy is an advocate for the cancer athlete. In April 2006 she was diagnosed with Stage II invasive breast cancer. She enjoyed 10 years of a joyful recovery including working toward her goal of 100 triathlons. Unfortunately, in April of 2016 she was re-diagnosed with advanced metastatic breast cancer. Coach Nancy continues to Coach the RFWTT and supports cancer survivors by facilitating the Cancer Coffee Walk and Talk Group at Valley View Hospital. She blogs about her cancer journey at www.caringbridge.com  – Nancy Reinisch.

For the past thirty-three years Coach Nancy has lived, recreated, and raised her two sons in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with her husband, Paul Salmen.