Kate Ligler was 28 when she had a bad cycling crash. She'd been cycling since she was a teenager, and as she dragged her broken body to a physical therapist, she experienced a crushing sadness. "I was one of those lucky people growing up where I had a few small injuries, but I’d never really had to deal with both the mental and the physical side of what was, at the time, a really devastating moment for me as an athlete," she remembers. "It was the first time I said, 'That’s it. My career is over.'"
Kate was pleasantly surprised to find that after months of working with an amazing physical therapist who not only understood the way her body worked but gave her numerous inspirational pep talks, she had the strength to cycle again. And this put another idea into her head. "Just from working with one amazing, inspirational human, I said to myself, 'I want to be this person.'" And that was how Kate's second career as a trainer and endurance coach began.