Tricia is a Registered Sports Dietician/Nutritionist, triathlete, marathon runner and we are also lucky enough to call her one of our amazing Instructors at Revolution! Here, she talks a little bit more about what brought her to Rev, what keeps her moving, and what she's up to when she isn't dancing it out on the bike.
What was your first REV experience?
I came to one of Katie Burke’s Saturday morning classes about a month after we moved to SA, and she played a mashup of The xx’s “Intro” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” – and I was like, YUP, I just found my new favorite spin studio! She was awesome, the ride was great, and the people were all so welcoming…the rest, as they say, is history.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am a light lyric soprano opera singer, and worked for the Boston Lyric Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia in a prior life.
Why do you teach?
I truly feel that my calling in life is to be a coach. Whether I’m coaching someone for a triathlon, on how to improve their nutrition, or through a cycle class at REV – the thing that makes me want to get out of bed each morning is the thought that I am helping to make someone else’s day – and their life overall – a little bit better by helping them become the best version of themselves. Plus, the people who come to class and rock it out each and every week are some of the most inspiring people I know – watching them get stronger over time pushes me to work harder and be better, too. (The music geek in me loves doing fun playlists, as well!)
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Ask my son what time it is, and why he’s awake already (for the love).
What did you want to be growing up?
You’re gonna love this: I wanted to be an ice skater. Even though I can’t skate to save my life. I just thought it looked SO COOL on TV!
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Finishing an Ironman triathlon in 2008. It was, hands down, the most amazing experience of my life. I still get chills when I think about crossing that finish line – mostly because I remember what it took to get to that day. THAT is what I try to pass along to my REV riders – the knowledge that anything (really, ANYTHING) is possible if you want it bad enough and if you do the hard work needed to get it.
Favorite song for karaoke?
Well, it depends on my mood and on the audience. But my “go-to” faves would be “Sweet Child of Mine” (the Sheryl Crow version is a bit more in my range, sorry Axl Rose) or “Blue Bayou” (booyah, Linda Ronstadt).
Who is your real-life mentor?
My 92-year old grandmother – who is the mother of 10 (I know, right?), the grandmother of 30, and the great-grandmother of 16. Her husband flew planes for the Navy, and so she took care of basically everything for her family by herself for extended periods of time while he was away on assignment – all while moving every 2-3 years to places all over the country, and the world. At one point, they lived in Morocco with 7 kids aged 7 or under and no indoor plumbing at her house (!). She has always been a great example to me of how to maintain your health through daily exercise, good nutrition, and great relationships. And – she is still working out every single day, putting all of the other residents of her assisted living home to shame in the pool and the weight room. She is, hands down, the most inspirational woman I know.
Tell us something that you are NOT good at!
Being on time. I am late for pretty much everything. It drives my husband nuts.
What motivates you to do something hard?
My son. I want him to know that mommy is strong, and that she can do anything she sets her mind to. I hope that cultivates a healthy respect of women, and I also want him to learn by my example that hard work pays off and that you have to make exercise/being healthy a priority.
Give us your best tip for staying healthy.
MOVE! Find a sport or a type of exercise that you truly love doing, not one that you dread.
Also - eat your fruits and veggies like a boss, every day.
What’s your go-to post workout snack?
I’d love to tell you that I’m good at packing myself fun stuff to bring to the studio for post-workout snacking…but usually, I’m running in between things and I just grab something easy. So, it’s either a piece of fruit (apple, banana) with a handful of almonds or cashews, or if I’m lucky, something fancy like an Rx Bar. I just try to make sure that there is some protein included in the snack (there’s the dietitian in me again).
You can find Tricia on the Podium on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30am this week! Grab your bike now! Check our her Spotify Playlist below to see what you can expect in class! Stay tuned each week for more Rev Instructor Highlight. See you in the saddle!