Holistic Endurance Ambassador
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Ambassador 2017

Support Team “HE”

Holistic Endurance (HE) first began as “Peninsula Triathlon Coaching” in 2013. With two athletes that Coach Katee coached ‘on the side’ while running another small business in consulting for health professionals. The evolution since then has been, well – rapid! With the official registration of Holistic Endurance in 2014, Coach Katee began to coach more athletes and dive into more hormone nerdy research. In April of 2015 Coach Sarah & Katee  joined forces, and HE has continued to go from strength to strength, thanks to our amazing community!

In October 2016 we welcomed Jackie to the team as our coaching support administrator. In an exciting step forward Jackie is now officially “Coach Jackie” as we welcome her to the coaching team. Check out Jackie’s coaching background, skills, qualifications and apply here.

With a specialised and individualised style of service, we have a ‘capped’ number of athletes that we each coach to allow us to continue delivering this level of service long term. As you know, it doesn’t stop at coaching, Holistic Endurance has many projects on the go to assist athletes in the wider endurance community and to help educate our own athletes reach their optimal performance with holistic principles.

To continue this growth and level of service we are very excited to announce the addition of a new team member to HE.

WELCOME KIRSTY ! 

Kirsty is now part of Team HE as Coaching Support Administrator. With her help and support we can continue to go from strength to strength while maintaining a ‘work’ life balance inline with our philosophies. When we received Kirsty’s applications there were some stand out features that made it impossible to pass her by. Most profound, was her personal vision of wellness and approach to training and nutrition that fit the HE philosophy to a tee. Then to top that off, Kirsty has an extensive business and marketing background, and clearly super organised. Just when we thought this chick couldn’t fit the role any better, we read she is a qualified health coach and currently studying health science.

To get to know Kirsty, we’ve put her in the spotlight….

  • Thank you for taking some time to share your story with everyone. Firstly tell us a little about you and your endurance pursuits…

Firstly HELLO HE Team! I am so excited to be joining this incredible team.

I’m mum to one gorgeous staffy – Chia (and I totally called her Chia before Luke Hines called his pup Chia!)

I am super passionate to help people find a life that makes them hum! This has been a growing passion over the past 4-5years and has lead me to here helping support you, the HE Team, to help you achieve your goals. I have recently left a (more than) full-time roll in corporate supermarkets and before that I owned my own businesses and worked with others helping them grow their businesses.

I absolutely love food – cooking and eating it. I really enjoy the whole ceremony around getting together and sharing a meal. Cooking is one of my happy places. The more I learnt about how powerful food can be, the more I wanted to share that. This lead me to become a Health and Nutrition Coach and now I’m studying a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional/Dietetic Medicine).

With juggling work, study and somewhat of a life, training for long course was not something I could commit to. With the change in my life I’m enjoying getting back into my endurance pursuits. Looking to tackle a half marathon in November and scheduling in some ocean swims to get me back in the game. I love exploring bush land so I think some trail running will be on the horizon.

  • What does the term “holistic endurance” mean to you?

For me I want to be able to perform for long periods of time, fuel my body right, have the right mindset, recover effectively, limit injuries or recovery from them quickly all the while considering my life and it’s twists and turns – and be able to do this week in week out for years to come.

  • Have you experienced a pivot point or catalyst that initiated a change in lifestyle towards holistic health and endurance?

There was actually a few….  It began with the absolute tiredness I was feeling. I remember standing at work and around that 2-3pm time feeling like I could literally fall asleep. It was more than being tired, it was absolute exhaustion. And this was becoming a very regular occurrence. It would pass and I would power on but I knew this wasn’t right. It was around this time I also decided to go off the pill. And my period never came. Something had to change. This is when gradual food and lifestyle shifts began.

The change in training came about through understanding the impact of stress on my body. That ah-hah moment when the penny finally dropped that stress is stress. And whilst I may have thought that after a busy, stressful day I needed to do a hectic gym session or run, it wasn’t actually the case. What I did need was something a little more nurturing.

  • What are your top 3 habits to ensure you maintain balance during heavy training loads? 

Planning, planning and more planning – food, training, things I need to do, time with family and friends and the downtime it all gets planned.

Absolutely eating right and this is totally focused around food prep and planning again.

Being kind to myself. This involves spending time to reflect and decompress. I make sure I don’t beat myself up if something happened in my day or week that meant I couldn’t get everything done. I’m careful not to give myself excuses but to honestly be ok with life being life.

  • Would you change anything you did in previous years in regards to training, nutrition and hormones? If so, what would it be?

Overall – listen to my body. Our bodies give us all the feedback and information we require, we just don’t pay attention to it. That doesn’t mean giving myself an excuse to slacken off but really understanding the cues and being able to react to them.
For training – less is more. Hours spent thrashing myself to achieve goals only had a negative impact in the long term. Lots of time spent with the physio to try and just get me through rather than to prevent and help my performance. And way too much time spent on the foam roller…
For nutrition – less is definitely not better. Well generally… You can definitely have too much cake! I spent years watching calories, eating low fat – the perfect storm to make me insulin resistant and to decrease my metabolism.
For hormone health – understanding the impact of lifestyle and stress on my hormones and how that affects EVERY thing else.

  • Since taking a holistic approach to triathlon and natural nutrition, what difference, if any, have you noticed? 

Energy to boot. Mood that has stabilised. I haven’t been sick in years. The ability to deal with stress and pressure better and it not affecting me like it used to. Really being able to tune in and listen to my body and it’s needs. I can run longer, more often, with less recovery time, and now hardly anytime with my foam roller!

  • What would be your “go to” book, podcast, or website when it comes to performance, endurance, holistic health, and hormones? If there is more than one, list em all! 

Real Food Reel (podcast) – how can you not love Steph; Any book by Dr Libby Weaver – she is my all time nutritional crush; Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – great for mindset and belief in yourself; Dr Phil Maffatone (website) – pretty much a given really; The Mind Muscle Project (podcast) – whilst it is a cross-fit based podcast I really like listening to the differing training methods and that everyone of the key players in this sport are very focused on mindset, breathing, downtime, nutrition etc.

Thank you Kirsty, we are super excited to have you on the team!

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Supporting us to support you…

Holistic Endurance (HE) first began as “Peninsula Triathlon Coaching” in 2013. With two athletes that Coach Katee coached ‘on the side’ while running another business in business consulting. The evolution since then has been, well – rapid! With the official registration of Holistic Endurance in 2014, Coach Katee began to coach more athletes and dive into more hormone nerdy research. In April of 2015 we joined forces, and HE has continued to go from strength to strength, thanks to our amazing community!

With a specialised and individualised style of service, we have a ‘capped’ number of athletes that we each coach to allow us to continue delivering this level of service long term. As you know, it doesn’t stop at coaching, Holistic Endurance has many projects on the go to assist athletes in the wider endurance community and to help educate our own athletes reach their optimal performance with holistic principles.

To continue this growth and level of service we are very excited to announce the addition of a new team member to HE.

WELCOME JACKIE ! 


Jackie is now part of Team HE as Coaching Support Administrator. With her help and support we can continue to go from strength to strength while maintaining a ‘work’ life balance inline with our philosophies. Jackie is a Triathlon Coach in her own right, currently settling into her new life as a mother in north Queensland. She started with HE about 2 years ago, under the guidance of Coach Katee on our mentor program, developing her knowledge as a coach and as an athlete.

To get to know Jackie, we’ve put her in the spotlight….

  • Thank you for taking some time to share your story with everyone. Firstly tell us a little about you and your Triathlon background…

After setting and achieving some running goals I decided it was time to spice things up a bit and add swimming and riding to the mix. Started at the very bottom, competing in Women’s Only triathlon and from there it was soon sprint, olympic distances and then found a love for long course triathlon. My last long course race was completed with a bun in the oven and now I’m working on my come back to the long course.

  • What does the term “holistic endurance” mean to you?

Respecting your body – giving back to your body – working with your body not against it.

  • Have you experienced a pivot point or catalyst that initiated a change in lifestyle towards holistic health and endurance?

The pivot point for me was when I crashed and burned at an Olympic distance triathlon after training like a maniac for two previous 70.3 races. On the morning of the race I was tired and bloated. Struggled through the swim, smashed myself on the bike and just pulled the pin after the first kilometre of the run. I was devastated that I couldn’t even make myself finish. I was too tired, too fatigued and too burnt out from overtraining!

  • What are your top 3 habits to ensure you maintain balance during heavy training loads? 

Schedule ‘time out’ for non-training activities

Take full advantage of Legs Up and Deep Breathing post training sessions

Being prepared with post training nutrition to ensure that I can refuel and “just sit”.

  • Would you change anything you did in previous years in regards to training, nutrition and hormones? If so, what would it be?

If I could do it again, I would train smarter – not harder, fuel my body with natural nutrition, and listen to my body.

  • Since taking a holistic approach to triathlon and natural nutrition, what difference, if any, have you noticed? 

Less lasting fatigue, better recovery, improved gut health, more enjoyment out of training and racing!

  • What would be your “go to” book, podcast, or website when it comes to performance, endurance, holistic health, and hormones? If there is more than one, list em all! 

Podcasts : Endurance Planet, Kale Brock Show, Nourishing the Mother, The Real Food Real, TriSpecific, Fitter Radio

All things hormone and holistic endurance: Healing The Grumpy Athlete (of course)!

Thank you Jackie, we are super excited to have you on the team!