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2023 Goals: Be a positive role model for new women entering the bike world; racing or not! Keep crushing it on the bike—gravel & road.
Favorite Part about a Fluid Athlete: All abilities are welcome & it’s good vibes all the time! We support each other’s continued passion to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
Downhill Mountain Biker
2023 Goals: Make podium at Sea Otter & Win Series at Bootleg Canyon
Favorite Fluid Product: Fluid Performance- Blueberry Pomegranate
Pump-up Song: Crank It Up by Joey Valance
Cyclist - Mountain & Road
Anna is a relatively new cyclist, racing on and off road and finding some early success in the sport. Prior to cycling, Anna had a brief running career landing her on the Division 1 team at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where she then discovered a talent and love for cycling. Specifically Anna identified an aspect of joy, play, and challenge, that was unique to mountain biking and something that was missing in her prior athletic pursuits. Since beginning racing in 2021, she now competes at the Elite level with the goal of rising to the top of the sport in the coming years. In 2022, Anna stood on 3 podiums at the Collegiate Road National Championship, most notably coming in 2nd in the Road Race, took 5th at Tahoe Trail Moutain Bike race, qualifying for Leadville 100, and won a handful of local road races earning her, her Cat 2 upgrade. In November, Anna won the El Tour de Tucson, which she attended as part of a USA Cycling Collegiate Talent ID Camp.
In 2023, Anna will compete in XC mountain bike races, gravel, and road races with the hopes of making a splash in the elite racing scene. Her favorite Fluid product is the Spiced Vanilla Protein. She uses it almost daily mixed into oatmeal or almond milk, she notices a huge difference in how her body feels after using this blend compared to basic protein powders.
Evan is a professional mountain biker, racing enduro, downhill, slalom, and pump-track. Born and bred from Northern California, Evan has emerged as one of the top American Enduro racers. In 2022 Evan won the California Enduro Series, took second at TDS Enduro, and 4th at Big Mountain Enduro in Durango, CO. After several years of consistent national level results, he has sights set on the Enduro World Series and a chance to prove himself on the world stage.
Evan's favorite Fluid product is Chocolate Recovery, "The flavor is goated and always good after any thing from a short run or an all day mtb ride fully yeeted." - Evan
Personal Trainer/Orangetheory Head Coach
2023 Goals: I want to empower and encourage as many people as possible through exercise! I want create an environment where everyone feels welcome and no one feels intimidated or left out. I also want to continue to snowboard, mountain bike, and workout to show others with joint replacements and autoimmune issues what is possible.
Favorite Product: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
Best Pump Up Jam: Wow so many to name...Not Afraid By Eminem, The Champion By Carrie Underwood, Unstoppable By Sia
Titanium by David Guetta feat Sia
TRAIL RUNNING / TRIATHLON
2023 Athletic Goals: Getting stronger, faster, and wiser. In 2023, I will emphasize fun and freedom in my training and racing. I will compete in the final F.I.T. Challenge obstacle course race, then focus on triathlons and running races on and off-road while exploring the wider New England region and surroundings.
Favorite Part of being a Fluid Athlete: Being supported by a company that cares about their athletes and customers, with products that taste great and really work.
Inspirational Quote: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot
John Hector Pena
Ultra/Trail & Road Runner
2023 Goals: My Race Plans for this year are to run the Avalon 50 Miler, Calico 50k, Surfcity Marathon, and LA Marathon and Born to Run 4 Day. I have not decided what I was to complete for the rest of the year but my journey doesn't end here. I will continue to run and push my limits both physically and mentally.
Favorite Fluid Product: Fluid Performance is my go to product. This has helped me in many of my races to keep pushing especially when it is hard to consume solid foods. Gives me the calories and carbs to keep pushing plus the electrolytes to stay hydrated. I like all the flavors but currently Fresh Citrus is my go to.
Pump-Up Song: Twitter - Yellow Claw(LNY TNZ Remix)
2023 Goals: I would like to win Multiple National Tournaments and become a number 1 junior tennis player in United States.
Favorite Fluid Product: My all time favorite products are Fluid Performance Passion Fruit Tea and Fluid recovery chocolate. Both are excellent products and the taste is great!
Pump-Up Song: Anything upbeat from Tailor Swift.
Triathlon, Mountain Biking, Cyclocross
2023 Goals: I want to make a comeback to road tris. Once 2020 hit and races were being cancelled, I stopped training for 70.3s and full 140.6s. This year I'd like to race a full ironman again and see if I've improved over the years. In addition, I want to continue to explore racing my mountain bike and maybe tackle the Shenandoah 100.
Favorite Fluid Product: Either the seasonal Mint Chocolate Recovery or the Vegan Vanilla Recovery (tastes like a Horchata!)
Pump-Up Song: "I Like to Win" by Shonlock. It definitely gets the vibes going
2023 Goals: Have a good season and win the WAC conference for baseball.
Favorite Fluid Product: Grape Tactical Electrolyte Drink Mix
Pump-Up Song: drake&future change locations.
I grew up running, but during my 20s I stepped away from the sport and focused on triathlon and road cycling. My wife and I moved from Michigan to Arizona in 2017, and since then I’ve been addicted to trail & ultra running. I spend my free time running, hiking, and exploring various peaks and canyons around Arizona. I love challenging, “slow” courses, and testing my limits by constantly upping the distance.
2023 Goals: This year I’ll be focused on finishing Cocodona 250, running Rim to Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon, and taking a podium spot at Mogollon Monster 100. I’ll also do a few shorter races and spend the summer training in Northern Arizona and Colorado.
Favorite Fluid Product: Raspberry Lemonade Performance & Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
Pump-Up Song: “Hero” by Weezer, “Famous Last Words” by My Chemical Romance, or anything Pop-Punk!
Cycling and Triathlon
2023 Goals: To continue to challenge myself with new races and getting outside with the people I love! Right now, planning to race the full 130 mile Belgium Waffle and race Ironman 70.3 Morro Bay this summer!
Favorite Fluid Products: Tie between Fluid Tactical Electrolyte Drink Mix and Passion Fruit Performance!
Pump-up Song: Another Level- Oh the Larceny
2023 Goals: A charity bike ride around the perimeter of the continental United States raising money for SBP, a disaster recovery non-profit (https://sbperimeter.org)
Favorite Fluid Product: Tropical Fruit Recovery
Pump-up Song: Dig Down by Muse
Trail & Distance Runner
2023 Goals: Summit Africa’s tallest peak Mount Kilimanjaro in January (19,340ft), Sub-3 hour marathon at Boston Marathon in April, compete in some local trail races and run my first 50k trail race, and then race CIM in December!
Favorite Fluid Product: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery for after workouts and races!
Pump-up Song: Menace by Rezz
Trail & Ultrarunner
2023 Goals: To race a variety of distances to continue to explore my strengths as a trail runner. I plan to compete in a Vertical Kilometer, a 10k or 10 miler, a 25k, a 50k and potentially a road marathon. As of now, I am planning to race the FOURmidable 50k in February and hopefully many more races this summer and fall.
Favorite Fluid Product: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery Mix because it always settles my stomach and helps me recover quicker after big workouts. It is my go-to post-run fuel when I'm in a rush to get to work!
Hot take, I never listen to music while I workout!
Trail & Ultrarunner
I am a dog mom, sourdough bread maker, and a Cabrona for the wilderness. I prefer the mountains over the beach any day. I currently co-host weekly runs in my community for women called "Chingonas On The Run."
2023 Goals: Born To Run Ultra, Moab 240 Endurance Run
Favorite Fluid Product: I am currently obsessed with Fluid Performance Passion Fruit Tea; it has the morning "pick me up" I need for those early weekend long runs.
Pump-up Song: Gon' Give It To Ya · by DMX
2023 Goals: Recently placed 3rd in the 2022 Tactical Athlete Games National Championship in the Occupational Division. With that placement I will be moving up to the highest and most competitive division, Elite. My goal is placing top 5 in a regional event and qualifying for the 2023 National Championship in the Elite Division.
Aside from the Tactical Athlete Games, I plan to compete in various Active Army physical competitions, 2-gun competitions and completing a 12-mile road march in under 2 hours.
Favorite Fluid Product: All the Fluid Tactical hydration products!
Pump-up Song: By The Sword (iamjakehill)
All-Around Adventurer (ultrarunner, triathlete, tennis player, backpacker, & more!)
2023 Goals: March- Run my first stage race- Moab Run the Rocks, April- The Canyons 100 mile, July- Legacy Triathlon, July- Angeles Crest 100, half marathons throughout the year with the nonprofit I’m involved with (Up and Running Again).
Favorite Fluid Product: Blueberry Pomegranate
Pump-up Song: “Famous For” by Tauren Wells
Running & Cycling
2023 Goals: My running goal is to keep getting BQs so I can collect more unicorns! As far as cycling goes, I’ve set a goal of climbing 100,000 mts in a year by riding up to the Mt Diablo Summit as many times as possible.
Favorite Fluid Product: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery drink, or what I like to call “My horchata beverage”
Pump-up Song: I generally don't listen to music during my workouts, I like to be present in the moment and enjoy my surroundings, it is my form of meditation.
Ultrarunner & Coach
2023 Goals: Return to the Salmon Falls 50k, Badger Mtn Trail 100, QuickSilver 100k, Black Hills 100 and hope to close out the year with an international adventure with my Condors Endurance team.
Favorite Fluid Products: Raspberry Lemonade Performance & Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery mixed with almond milk!
Pump-up Song: We Are The People - Martin Garrix (feat. Bono & the Edge)
I been a personal trainer for 18yrs have run 3 Marathons and for the last 3 years I started my new adventure on the trails, completed my 1st ultra in 2020, since then I have 8 ultra races under my belt, from 50k, 100k,75k to recently my 1st attempt on running my 1st 100miler.
2023 Goals: Attempt a successful 100 miler, run Sean O'brien 50k, Black Canyon 100k, search for more amazing races throughout the year and hopefully get my body ready for my dream race Western State.
Favorite Fluid Product:
Pump-up Song: What's Mine is Yours by Kane Brown
Runner & HIIT Coach
2023 Goals: I'm currently registered for the Chicago Marathon and my goal is to PR and qualify for another World Major Marathon. I hope to run some Spartan races as well as the Dipsea in Northern California.
Favorite Fluid Product: Fluid Recovery Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery Powder is soooo good! I can finish my shake in seconds.
Pump-up Song: Why I Love You by JAY-Z or the lifeboat's empty! by Chelsea Cutler
2023 Goals: To stay consistent and healthy this race season in Collegiate Triathlon. I am hoping to represent Cal Poly Triathlon in Nationals this year in Lake Lanier, Georgia. I am currently eyeing another Ironman 70.3 this year, and aspire to better my performance after learning from the last 70.3 I did. I have been keen on maximizing my athletic potential and can’t wait to see what this year holds for me!
Favorite Fluid Product: Passion Fruit Tea Performance & Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery!
Pump-up Song: Going the Distance from Rocky
2023 Goals: Fatdog120, Inaugural Oregon200 (pending permits), Quad dipsea, & hoping for a self supported 100 or a couple in the mix as well.
Favorite Fluid Product: Passion Fruit Tea Performance
Pump-Up Song: Tokyo Drifting by Glass Animals or 50 Cent's album, Get Rich or Die Trying
2023 Goals: McDonald Forest 50k (May), Wy’East Howl 50 miler (June), Javelina Jundred (October), plus hopefully crewing/pacing a friend at a 100 and another friend at a 200!
Favorite Fluid Product: Blueberry Pomegranate Performance
Pump-Up Song(s): Closer- Lemaitre, Jennie A & Lose yourself- Eminem
2023 Goals: Finish off my last collegiate season strong with some fun and fast racing! And then post-grad, have fun training and run and ride more dirt!
Favorite Fluid Product: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
Pump-Up Song: Upside Down by Whethan and Grouplove, gets me through tough trainer sessions
Cal Triathlon Team
UCSD Triathlon Team
Cal Poly Triathlon Team
Gordon’s story of endurance sports is one of overcoming personal health challenges. After running 3 marathons in 2012, he was diagnosed with partial complex seizures in 2013. His competing days nearly came to an end. However, since then, he has battled back and passed his previous accomplishments through dietary and spiritual disciplines.
Accomplishments from 2021: 2nd place overall at Fawn Lake Half-Marathon, qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon, placed in my age group in 3 races, and recovered from a stress fracture.
Goals for 2022: Running 3:30 in the Boston Marathon in April and staying injury free.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
A song that fires you up: Destiny by Stratovarius
I'm a recent graduate of Cal Poly in Civil Engineering and am working towards becoming a licensed Civil Engineer. I grew up around Ultrarunning as my family roots dig deep in the sport. I completed my first ultra when I was maybe 7 years old, competing in a 24-hour race and doing just enough to eclipse the coveted marathon mark. Since, I haven’t stopped – completed numerous ultras, including 10+ 100-milers. 2021 was a great return to racing highlighted with my 4th finish at the Leadville Trail 100, and my completion of the Moab 240 Endurance Run. I recently discovered Fluid and used it as my sole electrolyte replacement drink during Moab. I sipped on it constantly for just over 4 days and had zero stomach issues! I’m excited for my growing calendar of races in 2022, and can’t wait to toe the line again!
Accomplishments from 2021: Moab 240 Endurance Run and my 4th Leadville Trail 100 Run finish.
Goals for 2022: Run all 365 days of 2022, finish the Leadville Trail 100 Run for the 5th time, and do at least 1 other 100-miler.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
A song that fires you up: All Night by Brothers Osborne
I live in Southern California. I’m best known for accomplishments in Ultra running. But as long as I’m in the mountains, I’m happy. I love technical, high altitude trails, I find peace and grounding there. I have 42+ Ultras under my belt, 7 of them 100 Milers; Angeles Crest, Chimera, Zion, Ouray and Tahoe, to name a few. 6 in top 10 female category.
Accomplishments from 2021: My 2021 accomplishments were to stay healthy. But, I really enjoyed pacing my friend, Luke Ullett, to finish his first 100 miler. We ran through the night at Big Bear Kodiak and finished strong. The accomplishment that I am most proud of didn’t come from running but did require commitment and dedication. I purchased my own home.
Goals for 2022: January was the annual Mt Wilson, “Make it a Double” event. A challenge to run 28 miles with 10,000 feet of elevation gain. You can do as much or as little as you’d like. Also, tentatively the Mt. Mitchell 40 miler in North Carolina and an unofficial Backbone 69 in March. In May, I’ll cross Grand Canyon with a back-to-back rim to rim. Also aiming to qualify for NYC Marathon. In July I'm working in Europe... I’ll find some trails while I’m there. When I get back, I'll fast pack in the Sierras North to South lake, and summit Mt. Russell, a 14er in CA.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery makes me want to EARN my recovery. I can’t wait to chug it down after a day of being beat up on a mountain run.
A song that fires you up: My favorite victory song is This Girl is On Fire! by Alicia Keys. “She’s got both feet on the ground and she’s burning it down...” You know the rest.
I'm from Hendersonville, NC and am currently stationed with the Navy in San Diego, CA. I've been racing enduro for three years and plan to start my own team in the future.
Accomplishments from 2021: Placed 7th in DH and 37th in Enduro at Sea Otter, 3rd at Keysville All Mountain Stage Race.
Goals for 2022: Finish the LA Marathon and ride my bike more.
Favorite Fluid Flavor: Passion Fruit Tea (Performance), Cinnamon Vanilla (Recovery)
A song that fires you up: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, Guerilla Radio by Rage Against the Machine, and Life Is Good by Future and Drake
Favorite Part of being a Fluid Athlete: The Community! I feel like I'm a part of something bigger, and I love helping people discover how amazing Fluid is.
A valuable lesson learned: I learned to not back down from my goals. No matter how scary or impossible they may seem. Won't know if it's possible until I try!
2023 Goals: I wanted to complete Hurt100 last weekend but shortly after my 32 mile I experienced a minor leg injury that I did my best to get through until mile 40. My new goal is to complete a 50 mile qualifying race so I can enter the lottery to see if I get an opportunity to try again in 2024. Outside of racing, I will be coordinating trail work days from a distance for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo trails affected by recent rainstorms. I will also continue to volunteer at events both cycling and running.
Favorite Part about Being a Fluid Athlete: The vegan protein and recovery line that caters to my desire to not use whey or soy. I also love the Citrus Punch Tactical ORS that I got to try for the first time last weekend, it was great in the heat. I also love the all around support that Fluid has also given me!
Favorite Quote: "Miles spent on a trail builds resilience"
RUNNER & CYCLIST
2023 Athletic Goals: Do a half marathon distance run at least once every quarter, work toward another sub 2hr half marathon. Have at least one 100 mile running month. Beat my time from 2022 in my annual October Century Ride. Have a 200 mile cycling month. Average 5 hours of strength training per month. Beyond that, have an injury free year and constantly work to improve.
Favorite Part of being a Fluid Athlete: The support and handwritten notes included in orders are great and show that this company cares about its customers. I also like that I am supporting and promoting a local (somewhat local) business.
Inspirational Quote: "Do the work!" Consistency is the key to any success in sport.
I am a lover of movement in the mountains, among other landscapes of course but mountains are what beckon to me the loudest. Over the past couple years my athletic focus has been on trail racing and mountain FKTs (Fastest Known Times) alike. I’ve racked up a number of FKTs in my home mountain range, the Cascades, and have won a few ultra trail races as well. In 2022, one of the biggest races I competed in was the Puerto Vallarta 100k by UTMB where I placed 2nd and earned a spot to compete in the CCC 100k in France this year, one of my biggest goals of the coming season. The real through line of all these endeavors has been Fluid. Fluid’s Performance drink mix, both the Passion Fruit Tea and Fresh Citrus flavors, have fueled me through each and every outing and the Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery helps me feel fresh day after day. I found Fluid three years ago now and it has been a game changer for my ability to fuel, hydrate, and recover ever since.
When I am not out running or doodling my way around landscapes, I run a business building tiny homes and van conversions called Roost Works in the teeny town of Trout Lake, Washington.
TRIATHLON/DUATHLON/OTHER STUFFAccomplishments from 2021: Last year was an adventure into the ultra running world, running my first 50 mile ultra and trail race in one!
Goals for 2022: I'm a multisport athlete with 2022 goals of a marathon PR, and coming in hot in any and all events: running, cycling, or any combination that might also include swimming!! If you see the mane of flame toe up at the line you better believe it's time burn em if you got em and GET AFTER IT!!
Favorite Fluid flavor: Fresh Citrus Performance is my go to for all activities. I like to make my protein recovery concoctions with Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery AND the Spiced Vanilla Protein powders!!! SWOLL IS THE GOAL.
A song that fires you up: My current favorite track to get hype is "Party Frog" by Unicron!!!
MOUNTAIN / ROAD / CYCLOCROSS / GRAVEL CYCLIST
Accomplishments from 2021: 29th place in age group (96th overall) BWR Cedar City Gravel, 18th place in age group Park City point to point MTB race, 1st place in age group (6th overall) Cedar City Fire Road 100K Gravel, 11th place Wasatch 50 MTB, 2nd place 3 Peaks MTB Intermountain cup, 5th place Cactus Hugger MTB Intermountain cup, 10th place 6 hours of Frog Hollow MTB.
Goals for 2022: To continue to be active in racing local events, and give back to my community. Additionally, I'm going to up my game with a new coach and achieve some more great results. But most of all, to enjoy the journey and process of achieving better fitness at my older age.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Fresh Citrus for on the bike. Chocolate for recovery. Sometimes I'll mix it with Vanilla Oat milk and water!
A song that fires you up: Leave Home by Chemical Brothers
2023 Athletic Goals: To worry a little less about contest results and a lot more about overall performance. Working on increasing paddle endurance, flexibility, breath hold, recovery and overall confidence. I’m getting in the best shape I’ve been in since I was much younger, and there’s no way I could get there without Fluid- particularly in the recovery department.
Favorite Part of being a Fluid Athlete: Honored to be supported by such good people, and surrounded by inspiring athletes.
Inspirational Quote: There are no time-outs in the ocean. (author: me.)
I run trail ultramarathons and have been a Fluid loyalist since its inception. In 2019, I won the Bear 100 miler and set course records for the Kodiak 50 miler and the Zion 100k, and was fueled by Fluid Blueberry Pomegranate from start to finish! My favorite race to date was running on local trails in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles, finishing second in my debut 100-miler at the Angeles Crest 100.
When not training in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains in Los Angeles, I can be found working as a Nurse Practitioner for a low-income community clinic or on adventures with my two little boys and husband in Mammoth Lakes, CA, our second home.
I live and work as an engineer in Central California, and have been hooked on triathlons since 2015. Triathlon allows athletes to compete to their limits, yet is one of the most encouraging and genuine communities that I've been a part of. It taught me to value my competitors and the athletic journey over the need to win, and has helped me grow so much as an athlete and person. I just love the pain, the people, and all the experiences that come with it! I plan on someday being the oldest finisher of a full Ironman.2023 Goals: Got big life goals for 2023, most importantly spending a few months in Europe to line out my family's future home. So my athletic goals are few but mighty: Morro Bay 70.3 - crush it with a smile on my face; AG Draft legal world champs - podium individually and on the mixed team relay; complete my USAT coaching license and help my athletes chase their dreams.
Favorite Part about Being a Fluid Athlete Being a Fluid athlete means being part of a team that strives to help people succeed. I know that they have my back when I'm on the race course, sitting at my desk, or off exploring. They value people as more than just athletes and are a company that are easy to endorse. It brings me a lot of joy to be able to share them with the people around me.
A song that fires you up: Diamonds - Hawk Nelson (reminds me every second I'm getting stronger), Thunderstruck - AC/DC (race day!)
MULTISPORT COACH & ELITE ATHLETE
Accomplishments from 2021: 2nd overall at Tour de Big Bear (70 Miles), 2nd age-group at Fiesta Island Time Trial
Goals for 2022: I just had a neck surgery in the end of 2021, so my goal is to get back stronger this year. Full recovery mode at the moment!
Favorite Fluid flavor: Fresh Citrus Performance, Cinnamon Vanilla Recovery
A song that fires you up: Welcome to the Fire by Willyecho
TRIATHLETE / TRAIL RUNNER / ENDURANCE MOUNTAIN BIKER
Originally from New Zealand, I’ve spent the last 18 years living in Southern California building a design agency with my wife and raising tour two kids. Some of the more memorable races were competing at the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii, the Xterra Worlds in Maui and 3 years on the New Zealand National team at the ITU Olympic Distance Age Group Worlds.
Accomplishments from 2021: 4th place overall at the 3D Rotorua Trail Half Marathon (Rotorua, New Zealand) and the Xterra Crystal Cove Trail Race (Laguna Beach, CA). 13th Masters at the Mt. Difficulty Ascent (Bannockburn, New Zealand). 1st place overall at the John Wayne Grit Series: Trail Half Marathon (Lone Pine, CA)
Goals for 2022: Moab Trail Marathon, John Wayne Grit Series, the Dipsea and some of the Cirque Series Mountain Runs. Beyond the races I’ve also started a project to run the tallest peaks in the mountains around Los Angeles. Having completed Mt. Baldy a few weeks back it’s time to explore new areas and create new epic adventures.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Recovery, Blueberry Pomegranate and Raspberry Lemonade Performance. Mint Chocolate has now also become my kid’s favorite post swim workout shake.
A song that fires you up: Led Zeppelin or ACDC normally getting me pumped for the hard workouts. Songs like Ramble On and Whole Lotta Love.
TRIATHLETEAccomplishments from 2021: Adopted 3 goats, binge watched too many shows, traveled to numerous kids sports, started coaching 16 year old girls in club volleyball.
Goals for 2022: 2022 (and 2021) is a year I put my racing aside and just try to keep up with my extremely active kids! But between my kids games you’ll see me out swimming, biking, and or running! And FLUID will always be in my bottle.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Blueberry Pomegranate
Song that fires you up: Goin' Against Your Mind by Built to Spill
Annie is an ultra endurance athlete living in Milwaukee, WI. She holds the women's FKT record on the 1200mi National Scenic Ice Age Trail as well as the overall FKT record on the NCT-WI trail. She has completed the Badwater 135, CCC (part of UTMB), as well as the Berlin Marathon, Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Leadville 100, and other endurance events. Besides running and traveling, Annie works as a registered dietitian in behavioral health and specifically with athletes in her own practice. In 2021, she published a workbook, Fueling on Purpose, promoting body positivity and mindful eating.
2023 Athletic Goals: My goal this year is unlike any other year...I want to complete events that inspire others to do great things. I want to focus on happiness within my sport while also doing some really badass things around the world!
Favorite Part of being a Fluid Athlete: I love how incredibly inclusive the Fluid Family is. They support us all no matter what we are doing. The love from this company is infectious.
Favorite Inspirational Quote: Everybody wants to know the secret to success. The only secret is consistency. Set a goal, and then go to work." - Tommy Rivers Puzey
CYCLING / PARATRIATHLON / ADAPTIVE CLIMBING
I was an elite cyclist and triathlete who had the honor of representing Team USA at the ITU World Championships. But a car-on-bike crash cost me part of my right hand and my dreams of going pro. Due to my unusual injury and amputation level, I've had to develop my own adaptive devices so I could return to swimming, biking, and running safely and without pain at the level I was accustomed to.
Goals for 2023: Complete a gravel fondo as a para athlete (and build an adaptive device that will allow me to do so!), summit at least 3 new 14ers, and teach roller derby!
Favorite Part about being a Fluid Athlete: Being able to support and share an honest company and product that has supported me throughout my long athletic career!
An Inspirational Quote:
"Increase your capacity for joy!" Don't know the origin of the quote but it was shared with me by my running guru years ago and has inspired me ever since!
XC MOUNTAIN BIKING/CYCLOCROSS
Brad is a resident of the Colorado Front Range. He has been racing mountain and cyclocross bikes at a high level in Colorado and California since 2006. On the bike, Brad is known as “Ox,” a nickname given to him during a heated race finish by a competitor. When not on the mountain bike, Brad is a full-time mechanical engineer and weekend mechanic.
Brad started the 2020 season racing the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo in Arizona. He is working to maintain a high level of fitness in anticipation of the racing starting back up mid-summer. Brad is targeting the Firecracker 50, Epic Single-Track Winter Park Series, and a tandem entry into the Breck Epic with his wife. He then plans on racing a full cyclocross season.
Recent Noteworthy Results:
2020 24hrs in the Old Pueblo, Duo 12th, 2018 24hrs in the Enchanted Forest, Coed-Team 1st, 2018 6hrs in the Wild West, Solo 1st, 2018 Winter’s Fat Classic, Open 7th
Favorite Flavors: Performance Blueberry Pomegranate – Recovery Chocolate
A Quote that Fires Him up: “Get busy living or get busy dying.”
MOUNTAIN BIKE/FAT BIKE/SPARTAN
Dave lives in Cadillac, Michigan and has been racing mountain bikes at events around the state since 2006. With the popularity of fat bikes, groomed trails, and our far share of snow, he took up fat bike riding/racing in 2015. He also enjoys the challenge of and competing in Spartan races.
In 2022 I made the jump to racing gravel bikes and less mountain bike races.
My highlights of 2022 would be finishing 3rd in the Cow Pie Classic Gravel Race, racing the Coast 2 Coast gravel road race, and just exploring the endless miles of gravel roads in Michigan!!
Goals for 2023: Racing in the Michigan Gravel Road Race Series, and competing in the Marji Gesick mountain bike race, which is known as the “the hardest single day mountain bike race in the Midwest!”
Favorite Fluid flavor: Blueberry Pomegranate Performance and Chocolate Recovery
A song that fires you up: Fuel by Metallica
I am a police officer in the Chicagoland area. In my off time, I fancy myself a triathlete, swimmer, and general health, fitness, and life enthusiast.
Career highlights: Winning a silver medal at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games, Ironman Wisconsin Finisher x2, 7 Half-Iron distance finishes, conquering the American Triple T, multiple USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship appearances, US Master’s Swimming National Championship medal winner, and 3 full marathon finishes. In 2021 I was the USA Triathlon Active Duty Law Enforcement National Champion.
Goals for 2022: Unfortunately my big goals for 2022 will be briefly side tracked while I recover from hip surgery, but I am hopeful to come back strong in the fall with a PR half marathon!
Favorite Flavor: Cinnamon Vanilla Recover
A song that fires you up: Right Now by Van Halen
Goals for 2022: To enjoy the journey that running takes me. The year will remain open to pursue peak bagging and mountain shenanigans!
Favorite Fluid flavor: Mixed Berry and Tropical Fruit Recovery! Mix the great taste with water, makes for the best recovery after a long day in the mountains and desert. Also is great to add to smoothies!
TRIATHLETE/ENDURANCE MOUNTAIN BIKER
Goals for 2022: Sub 1:30 half marathon sometime this year, 70.3 PR at Oregon or Indian Wells (Sub 4:40), complete first Ötillö race (swim/run) at Ötillö Catalina.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Chocolate Recovery
A song that fires you up: Don’t listen to much music during training these days, but I do enjoy some 30 Seconds to Mars pre-race. “Attack” by 30 seconds to Mars.
Melissa lives and trains on the trails near Santa Barbara, California. Her ‘no-quit’ attitude has earned her dozens of ultramarathon finishes, including 12 podium finishes and 4 overall wins. In 2019, Melissa was the Women's Champion at Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run.
2023 Goals: Grow a healthy, tiny human while moving as much as possible! Baby G will be arriving in May! Currently looking at Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November as my first race postpartum.
Favorite Part of Being Fluid Athlete: I love Fluid! It’s a great product that has attracted the best all-around community! I love supporting my fellow Fluid athletes and introducing Fluid products to other runners and athletes.
Favorite Quote: “Real toughness is acceptance. It’s accepting the difficult thing. It’s accepting that you might fail. It’s accepting that you might struggle or have doubts. And that’s okay.” - Steve Magness
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
Shawn Bussert is a long time Ultra runner with accomplishments as top 100 in the 100k distance (2019) and running 100 miles in just over fifteen hours on a treadmill to support Brave Like Gabe and his Father (2020).
Accomplishments from 2021: Winning my first 24hr race... The Hamster Endurance Runs 24hr.
Goals for 2022: Podium at the Oregon Cascades 100, and run Across the Years 24hr in Arizona.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Chocolate Recovery and Fresh Citrus Performance.
A song that fires you up: Anything from Imagine Dragons
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
The Boni Family
CYCLOCROSS/XC MOUNTAIN BIKE
Carl and Kristal Boni live in Colorado just outside of Boulder. They both have raced all disciplines of bikes over the last 15+ years with a primary focus on cyclocross and mountain biking, and have been huge Fluid fans pretty much the whole time! Their son and daughter race all disciplines and are Fluid fans as well!Carl
Goals for 2022: To get back to racing! 2021 brought shoulder surgery and a foot injury that limited me to just one race. For 2022, I'll get getting back to the local mountain bike series in Winter Park, plus Iron Horse and hopefully MTB nationals. This is our 10th year working with Fluid and it is a huge part of our process for before, during, and after training and races.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Fresh Citrus
A song that fires you up: Pretty much anything by Rise AgainstKristal
Goals for 2022: I'm shooting for a top 3 at MTB and cyclocross Nationals. Plus, I'd like to do more mountain bike and cyclocross racing in general. Above all, I want to continue to have fun on my bike!
Favorite Fluid flavor: Raspberry Lemonade Performance, Chocolate Recovery
A song that fires you up: Anything that I can sing along with to lose myself in. 80s rock, punk like Linkin Park and Rise Against
ROAD CYCLIST/MOUNTAIN BIKERAccomplishments from 2021: Keeping a regular training rhythm throughout the year, and attending the Collegiate Triathlon Nationals in September which was hosted as part of the Malibu Triathlon. While an injury set me back from the performance I was expecting, I also competed in the first iteration of 70.3 Salem, and look forward to racing more at the half-iron distance after graduation this spring.
Goals for 2022: To stay healthy and consistent in training throughout the unpredictable race season that we are facing in Collegiate Triathlon. I have been struggling with an injury since last summer, but hope to get that taken care of and represent Cal Poly Triathlon at Nationals this year in Lake Lanier, Georgia. In addition to getting back into consistent running, I want to try and enter an open water swim race this year! I have swam since I was 8 years old, but have still never competed in one of these events and would love the opportunity.
Favorite Fluid flavor: Hands down Blueberry Pomegranate for Performance and Cinnamon Vanilla for Recovery.
A song that fires you up: Nothing gets me through a hard training session like 'Til I Collapse by Eminem.
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