TERRI SCHNEIDER has been “moving forward” for most of her 51 years. As a a pioneer of several sports, she has blazed a path through the endurance world with her curiosity for how far she can push herself and her desire to continuously up the ante of personal challenge. Through it all, her primary motivation is to inspire others to continually strive toward the possibility of who they are.
Terri started as a runner at age ten. While in college, she segued to triathlon and became a professional triathlete for 10 years, specializing in the Ironman distance. She has completed 22 Ironman races, three of them among the top six women at the Kona Ironman World Championships. In 1995, Terri started adventure racing at the first Eco-Challenge — the sports’ inception in the United States — and went on to do seven Eco-Challenge competitions worldwide, as well as many multi-day and one day adventure races. Training her mind to take on the epic physical challenges she’s undergone has been a paramount piece in shaping who she is today. “I am always grateful for these tests as they give me a much deeper sense of myself and how I can offer my strength for others. Our struggles are our greatest teachers.”
After eight years of adventure racing, Terri’s focus turned to mountaineering and ultra running.
She completed several 100-mile ultra running events and hit summits on six continents. She’s raced, adventured and explored in over 70 countries — the more remote and exotic the location, the more enticing. In 2011, she created Expedition Bhutan, a 500-mile never-been-done crossing — by foot and mountain bike — of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Her four person expedition team joined forces with a four person film team to shoot a documentary of their journey and cultural inquiry of “What Matters” to the Bhutanese people. The film, The Happiest Place, is due out in 2013. She then returned to Bhutan in 2012 to live for two months and volunteer with the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Her work supporting youth and Olympic sports in Bhutan will continue into 2013.
Terri coaches and consults endurance athletes and is a speaker and writer. She is currently into triathlon, trail running, swimming, road and mountain biking, yoga, strength training, kayaking, mountaineering, fast packing, and adventure travel. Additional hobbies include photography, wine, reading and watching documentaries.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CREDENTIALS
- Endurance athlete for 41 years — professional triathlete, adventure racer, mountaineer, ultra runner
- Completed 22 Ironman triathlons, three of them among the top six women at the Kona Ironman World Championships; continues to compete in triathlon, winning her age group in every race she’s completed
- Several seven-day running stage races in Costa Rica, Egypt (Sahara Desert), and China (Gobi Desert)
- Completed five 100-mile trail races and many 50 mile and 50K trail races
- Completed seven Eco-Challenge competitions, Mild Seven Outdoor Quest in China, Raid Gauloises in Tibet/Nepal, and many other one day adventure races
- Mountain summits on six continents
- Additional adventures: Eight-day mountain bike adventure through remote central Mexico; trekking with the Achuar in the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador; ’99 La Ruta de Los Conquistadores (aka “The Toughest Mountain Bike Race on the Planet”) three-day mountain bike race in Costa Rica; Camel Trophy, Georgia – US Trials finalist, only female finalist
- B.S. in Exercise Physiology, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA; M.A. in Sport Psychology with an emphasis on risk-taking and team-dynamic research, San Jose State University; Masters Thesis published in Journal of Sport Behavior
- Additional credentials: Certified Massage Therapist, Advanced Myofascial Release Therapist, Certified Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine
- Book Publications: Author of Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique and Inspiration; Co-author of Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training; contributed to two additional books
- Continue inspirational talks for athletes and aspiring athletes
- Work on a new book while crafting a proposal for an additional book
- Continue interviewing women around the world on “What Matters”
- Continue to take photography classes
- Participate in a few triathlons and trail running events
- Lead a 25 day Snowman Trek in Bhutan as a fundraiser for youth and Olympic sports in Bhutan (pending)
- Continue to work with the Bhutan Olympic Committee on additional means to generate funding for their youth sports programs
- Adventure travel trips trekking and mountain biking in either Mustang, Jordan, India or Turkey
- Finish P3 paragliding certification