This September we’re highlighting KTB in our ‘Instructor Spotlight’ series. An absolute powerhouse both on and off the bike, this athlete always has her eyes set on crushing a new PR. When she’s not on the podium, in the LAB, or training for her next marathon, she’s hanging out with her fiancé and pup, Olive. Catch ANY of her classes from September 9 – 15 with a special $15 drop-in credit available directly on our website HERE.
Hi KTB! Thanks for taking the time to chat today. Let’s start with the basics: what’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Drink coffee. I am not functional / you don’t want to experience me without it. 😝
How do you like to fuel yourself pre and post workout? Go-to cheat meal?
When I teach in the early morning, coffee is breakfast. I love to refuel after class with avocado toast topped with two eggs over easy. Do it for the #yolkporn.
I have a major sweet tooth and ice cream is my favorite treat. Even in the dead of winter. I have dreams about Cape Cod Creamery’s Peanut Butter in their homemade waffle cones.
In addition to your powerful presence on the bike, you’re also known for crushing marathons all over the country. What has been your greatest fitness accomplishment to date?
I’ve been running competitively since I was a teenager, and switched from 5ks/10ks to marathons in 2014. I started working with a coach (shoutout to Dave Ames) about a year ago and it really helped me have a break-through year, running under 3 hours in two consecutive marathons. I ran 2:56 (my marathon PR) and came in 3rd at the 2018 Ventura Marathon and followed up with a 2:59 at the 2019 Boston Marathon. Even though the Boston time was slower, I’m so proud to have run under 3 hours on arguably one of the toughest marathon courses around (and in my home town!). Next goal: hoping to go for a new PR this coming April in the 2020 Boston Marathon!
WOW – you are FAST! Who do you look up to in the world of running?
The badass female distance runners that are currently dominating the world stage. I look up to athletes like Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, and Jordan Hasay who have been representing the USA on the podium of World Major marathons in recent years. In distance running, women actually reach their peak fitness in their 30’s, and I have been following these women and their journeys since I was just starting out in the sport. It’s inspiring to see the years of effort they have put in to become masters of the marathon, and makes me confident in the fact that I can only get better with age and experience.
We hear you love a good music festival – who is the best artist you have seen perform live?
This is a toss up between Flume and Rufus du Sol. I’ve seen both of them multiple times at different venues, but their sets at Coachella 2016 were both otherworldly. Everyone should experience the extended version of Innerbloom live. It’s truly life changing.
What’s your go-to artist to play in your class?
I’m always down for a Beyoncé moment, but my true go-to artists are Odesza and RL Grime.
And finally, when you’re not working – or working out – where can people find you?
You can find me in my kitchen whipping up some new plant-based recipes, hiking with my rescue pup, Olive, or searching for the best hazy IPA at a local brewery (currently loving Vitamin Sea in my new hometown of Weymouth!).