Nikki Ditsch

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Over the past few years I have begun to enter the world of endurance sport. I have a deep background in swimming, and it was the sport that brought me to the University of Kentucky, but my specialty was sprint freestyle. Distance was something completely foreign to me. After I stopped swimming exercise was still a large part of my life as I joined the club soccer team. At the same time I majored in kinesiology which also motivated me to remain constantly active. I enjoyed learning the science of exercise so much that I decided to stay at UK for graduate school to study exercise physiology.
My two years in grad school were some of the best years of my life, so far. I met my wonderful husband, Gary, and my passion for fitness and the outdoors continued to grow. I found the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky which helped my endurance and fitness grow through long hikes and trail runs with my dog, Kelty.

Gary encouraged me to train for my first marathon soon after our wedding. It wasn’t long before I was completely enamored with endurance sport. There really isn’t anything else that compares to the feeling of finishing a marathon. I enjoy the accomplishment, but I enjoy the training and the road to the finish line just as much. I have been very lucky to to have found a great running community here in Lexington, Kentucky. Sometimes the solidarity of endurance training is peaceful, productive and even spiritual, but I do like to share my experience with others as well. It’s the best of both worlds.

In 2006 I signed up for Ironman Wisconsin. It was nothing less than a headfirst dive into my triathlon experience. Moving from one sport to three was challenging and time consuming, but I found myself really enjoying the variety of the three along with the structure of programmed workouts. Since I was such a beginner to triathlon I had to learn the sport quickly. Science in sport is something I am very passionate about, so this was a lot of fun for me. Now as a trainer and a coach nothing is better than sharing my knowledge and experience with my athletes.

Qualifications:

Education:
Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Health Promotion
University of Kentucky
Program: Exercise Physiology
May, 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Education
University of Kentucky
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Spanish
December, 2002

Certified Training:
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)