Her Story: Amy Dickerson, Reaching New Heights

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports + Fitness brings you Her Story, profiles of women like you.

Amy Dickerson

Broomfield, Colorado
 
Sports: Hiking, triathlon, swimming, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, Pilates and indoor climbing

Age: 32

Job: Nurse, mom

How I got started in sports: I became active when I began dating my husband and we started mountain biking and hiking. After having a baby, I joined a masters swim team and then signed up for my first triathlon. I crashed on my bike and finished second to last, but I was hooked for life!

Athletic highlights: Reaching the 14,000-foot peaks of 30 mountains, swimming the Horsetooth Open Water 10k three times, finishing two half Ironman-distance races, completing my first marathon and my first century ride.

Athletic goals: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete an Ironman.

Favorite fuel: Pre-race: peanut butter, a banana and coffee. During: GU and Amino Vital. Post-race: water, a beer and a slice of pizza.

Inspiration: I'm inspired by anyone who attempts something challenging despite handicaps, and by my husband who, despite three knee surgeries, races and hikes with me.
 
Dramatic finish: When a cyclist crashed on his bike while coming down the mountain in front of me at around 40 mph, I helped immobilize his spine and kept him warm until paramedics arrived. I eventually caught up with the others to finish the 80-mile ride.

Healthy perspective: I lost 60 pounds when I was 17 years old and have kept it off ever since through healthy eating and exercise.

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