Amy Snyder: Hell on Two Wheels

Amy SnyderAmy Snyder is a retired management consultant who spent two decades providing strategic counsel to senior executives and architecting large-scale change for multinational corporations. She began her career at Braxton Associates, a strategy boutique, where she was the first woman partner and developed a reputation for out-of-the-box insights rooted in deep analytics. Later she joined Accenture, where she executed strategically-driven performance improvement programs. Ms. Snyder grew up in New York City, earned an engineering degree magna cum laude from Princeton, and worked as an engineer before getting her MBA from Stanford. She lived in the Boston area during her consulting career, and then moved to La Jolla, California after retiring in her early 40s. As a young retiree, Amy served on non-profit boards and began competing in Ironman triathlons to regain her fitness following two decades of full time travel. Amy embraced endurance sports, and in her 50s, began competing in non-stop cycling races lasting over 24 hours and covering hundreds of miles. Eventually she discovered ultra-distance races even longer this. Since she had found pushing her limits to be self-revelatory, Amy was convinced that the experiences of ultra-distance racers would offer lessons for all of us, athletes and non-athletes alike. In 2009, she chronicled an obscure, 3,000-mile non-stop cycling race called the Race Across America. She spent time with a handful of contestants before and after, and ended up with a story that changed her own beliefs about personal limitations and the power of the human spirit. In 2011, she turned this story into her award-winning book, Hell on Two Wheels.

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