I developed a passion for living the outdoors lifestyle growing up in a small suburban town in Rhode Island. While most of my friends wore clothes from Xpress, I wore hiking boots from EMS and a hand-me-down LL Bean coat. I was known as Mountain Kait.
After high school I found my way to Colorado to pursue my dreams of teaching high school, coaching tennis, skiing big mountains, racing mountain bikes and running marathons. I spent six years on the Front Range of Colorado doing all those and more.
But I yearned for change and new challenges, so in June 2011 I took a leave of absence from my teaching job and accepted a graduate position at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. I’m currently working on research projects in environmental justice and conservation policy. I can’t think of a better way to combine my passion for the outdoors with my love of politics.
When not working on academic projects, I spend my time mountain biking and skiing in Wyoming and Colorado, and on the days that I can’t get to the mountains, I’m training for marathons next spring and summer. And of course, my dog Mikaya does it all with me!
Living a healthy, active lifestyle is not as difficult as it may seem. Many people ask how I do it, and I love nothing more than to share my knowledge and experience with them—to educate and teach. That’s what I do best.
I want to not only share my adventures and love of the outdoors here on this blog, but also to share ways to incorporate fitness and nutrition into our everyday lives. It’s not just about exercise: it’s about eating right, finding balance, and keeping stress low. The power of the mind and body are extraordinary. Just when we think we can’t, we can.
So I invite you to follow my journey, my adventures, and the challenges that I face with hopes that I can help you discover how to achieve a more active and healthy lifestyle and truly enjoy life!