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about the bookish athlete

As endurance athletes, we each have individual goals that we’re working toward. And while your journey with endurance sports is your own, you don’t have to pursue your goals solo. Sure, there are days you might crave a more introverted outlet by spending time on the trails, in the pool, or in the saddle alone. But there are also those times where nothing is better than sharing a few miles with others.

the bookish athlete is a place where great minds train alike. Whether you’re looking for endurance coaching and accountability, training tools and resources, or a community of endurance athletes who love to read, then you’re in the right spot.

carrie jesse | about the bookish athlete

hi, i’m carrie

I’ve been a coach for about 20 years and an endurance athlete and reader for longer than that.

I created the bookish athlete to encourage endurance athletes to experience training as more than checking off a box on a spreadsheet. I get it; sometimes those checkmarks are important. But so is enjoying yourself, seeing progress, and feeling like what you’re doing has purpose.

Blending endurance sports with what you learn through training, reading, and personal growth connects the body with the mind. Improving self-awareness (and “shelf”-awareness) helps you figure out who you are and what you’re capable of.

a little more about me

  • M.S. Exercise Physiology

  • B.S. Health & Exercise Science

  • Lifelong reader, swimmer, and trail runner

  • Member of an amazing team – my husband, Paul, and our Corgi, Orion

  • Currently living in the mountains of Colorado at a little over 9,000 ft

  • If I were an animal, I’d be a sea turtle.

  • On the Enneagram, I’m a 9.

  • I drink hoppy beer – bitter is better.

  • My favorite time to eat avocado is all the time.

  • I love to rearrange furniture – it drives my husband nuts and makes the dog very nervous.

carrie jesse | about the bookish athlete

hi, i’m carrie

I’ve been a coach for about 20 years and an endurance athlete and reader for longer than that.

I created the bookish athlete to encourage endurance athletes to experience training as more than checking off a box on a spreadsheet. I get it; sometimes those checkmarks are important. But so is enjoying yourself, seeing progress, and feeling like what you’re doing has purpose.

Blending endurance sports with what you learn through training, reading, and personal growth connects the body with the mind. Improving self-awareness (and “shelf”-awareness) helps you figure out who you are and what you’re capable of.

a little more about me

  • M.S. Exercise Physiology

  • B.S. Health & Exercise Science

  • Lifelong reader, swimmer, and trail runner

  • Member of an amazing team – my husband, Paul, and our Corgi, Orion

  • Currently living in the mountains of Colorado at a little over 9,000 ft

  • If I were an animal, I’d be a sea turtle.

  • On the Enneagram, I’m a 9.

  • I drink hoppy beer – bitter is better.

  • My favorite time to eat avocado is all the time.

  • I love to rearrange furniture – it drives my husband nuts and makes the dog very nervous.

the bookish athlete values

Has your training ever felt disorganized or lacked direction? Or perhaps you’ve experienced boredom or burnout? Or maybe you feel like every training plan you start is actually designed for someone else?

Trust me, I know how you feel. Which is why the bookish athlete values:

purpose

to provide direction and an understanding of where you’re headed and why

structure

to make time to enjoy the things you love (like training, reading, etc.)

progress

to make steady improvements that add up to long-term results

individuality

to follow the path that’s best for you, your experience, and your goals

purpose

to provide direction and an understanding of where you’re headed and why

structure

to make time to enjoy the things you love (like training, reading, etc.)

progress

to make steady improvements that add up to long-term results

individuality

to follow the path that’s best for you, your experience, and your goals

where to next?

I’ve tackled marathons, 14ers, ocean swims, and triathlons. But I haven’t done all that training alone. And you don’t have to either! If you’re looking for guidance and support, check out these tools and resources:

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coaching
@thebookishathlete

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