6x US National Criterium Champion
Tina Pic is a legend. She’s been on the podium more often than most people have even raced! She’s been racing and directing cycling teams at the professional and Olympic level for 20 years. Some of her accolades include six time national criterium champion, five times national calendar champion as well as two time Pan American gold medalist. She raced for the US on the World’s team six times and was an alternate for the Olympics in 2004. Plus she’s also knocked out a couple IRONMANs, just for the challenge.
If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
A wet cat, or so I’ve heard…
What motivates you?
Someone telling me I can’t do something.
Have you ever been fired? If so, what did you do?
I was an aerobics instructor. I apparently have no rhythm.
MY NUTRITION PLAN
What has First Endurance helped you accomplish?
First Endurance has helped me recover the best out of any of the products out there. I can race or train really hard and get up and do it again the next day. I can really put myself into a hole and after I started using Ultragen, it allowed me to do it again the next day. I wasn’t feeling perfect, but I could go again. That had never been the case before.
What problem/issue has First Endurance helped you overcome?
EFS and EFS-PRO help me get my nutrition on the bike. Sometimes there’s just too much going on in a race to pull something to eat out of your pocket. EFS-PRO makes up for this by supplying the nutrients you need without bonking.
If you had to pick only one First Endurance product to use, which one would it be, what flavor and why?
When I first started using First Endurance, a looong time ago, Ultragen was my go to. Still is. And Optygen… well. It just makes me better.
What’s your favorite place in the world (and why)?
Turks and Caicos for the kitesurfing.
Rolling Stones or Beatles?
Rolling Stones… curse the thought (Beatles).
What sport are you the worst at?
Anything having to do with hand/eye coordination.
What do you like to do when you’re not training and racing?
Any watersport. Waterskiing, wakesurfing, kiteboarding…
What’s been the highlight of your race career?
All the awesome people I have gotten to know along the way. Sponsors, teammates and hosts – I am sooo lucky.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
“You can’t miss it.” How many times when you are asking directions does someone say you can’t miss it? No really… I can.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
A toothbrush and my kiteboarding equipment.
If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying. It’s amazing. It’s why kitesurfing is so fun!!
What would you be doing for a living if you weren’t a pro?
I’d coach at SCAD Atlanta.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I went mountain biking with my husband to the top of Mt. Haleakala. Instead of 2 hours, it took 6, and my husband’s mom (who was supposed to meet us at the top) left us, took all the clothes we’d packed for descending (it’s really cold up there), and called 911. I never got phone service until we were descending 10,000 feet in the dark, but when I did, the message said, “this is 911. there is a search party looking for…”
What’s your worst travel experience?
I got delayed for five hours leaving Italy after the Giro… In first class, which was THE best!! All the ice cream I could eat. It quickly turned around when I got stuck on the floor in Laguardia overnight with my bags strapped around my legs and the no smoking lady coming on every five minutes to warn me about smoking in the terminal. Buddy passes are great until…