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Biking for Therapy on the Westbank Road

Biking "Therapy" with Sue and Katie on the Westbank Road

Nancy Reinisch was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent her childhood weekends touring the city with her parents and siblings. On a family vacation to Colorado, she fell in love with the mountains.  She returned after high school to receive her BA cum laude from Colorado College and her MSW from the University of Denver.

She met her husband, Paul Salmen at Colorado College and they eventually relocated to Glenwood Springs. Together they raised two sons: Chas, twenty-five, the Director of the non-profit Kenyan based Organic Health Response and medical student at University of California San Francisco ; and Marco, twenty-four, Health Information Officer for Organic Health Response, and medical student at the University of Colorado in Denver.  They remain in Glenwood Springs where Paul is a Family Physician and Nancy is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice.

In 1987, at age thirty-three Nancy contracted “AOA” or adult onset athleticism when she completed her first triathlon. She became hooked on the sport and has since raced in hundreds of triathlons, served as a guide to world champion blind triathlete Nancy Stevens, and for the past ten years has  Coached the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team.

She is a USAT Certified Triathlon Coach,  Race Director for the Mother’s Day Mile,  Board Emeritus for the Advocate Safehouse Project, and facilitates Valley View Hospital’s Cancer Coffee Walk and Talk Group.

On April 6, 2006, at the age of fifty-three, Nancy was diagnosed with invasive ductal and lobular breast cancer. Her book, Chemosabee: A Triathlete’s Journey Through the First Year of Breast Cancer is the story of Nancy’s use of triathlon as a metaphor to cope with the fear, pain, and disappointment that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

Nancy has authored articles for Parenting Magazine, Mountain Parent Magazine, Colorado Runner, and the Glenwood Post Independent.  She is featured as a “Triathlon Mentor” in Lauren Catuzzi Grandcola’s book, “You Can Do It!”. Chemosabee is her first book.

In 1998, Nancy received the Garfield County Humanitarian of the Year Award for her service to the citizens of Garfield County.  In 2007, Nancy was awarded the prestigious Glenwood Springs Athena Award for her work and contribution on behalf of women in her community.

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