After a strong athletic background as a child, Anne focused on academics in college, participating in intramural sports and running a few 5 and 10 km road races. In medical school she turned to triathlons, winning her age group on many occasions.
Medical training and career
Anne completed a general surgery internship in 1989 as part of an orthopedic surgery residency. As part of her orthopedic surgery residency she did a research year working on stem cell research applications in Orthopedics.
During that reserch year and for two more years she worked as a Lifeflight Physician as well as working in Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1990, during her general surgery internship, Anne realized she had a problem with alcoholism and went to treatment to address this. Getting sober and maintaining sobriety is one of the foundations of Anne’s life.
As a result of this she decided to switch her career and went back and completed a Psychiatry Residency at The Cleveland Clinic with an interest in Addiction Medicine in 1996.
During her medical career she worked closely with Professional Health Programs (Physicians, Nurses, Pilots, Dentists, Attorneys) all over the country and taught other physicians about Addiction in the US and Canada.
Her busy medical career took a toll on her as she worked her way up the corporate ladder at the expense of her physical and mental well being.
She was at the peak of her career as the first woman Chief Medical Officer at the Betty Ford Center when her young (age 35) husband nearly died from a genetic medical condition.
She decided life was short, took a leave of absence from her medical practice, hired a coach, and began competing in triathlons. Anne was able to lose 30 pounds in the process and stopped practicing clinical medicine, focusing instead on the study of exercise physiology and helping others achieve their goals.
2005 - 2008
triathlon racing success
In 2003, after a hiatus from her medical career, Anne gradually started competing in triathlons again. She started with short distance triathlons, with the goal of completing an Ironman. In 2005, she completed Ironman Coeur d’Alene and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in her age group in 2007. She was the overall Master’s female champion in the Scoggins Valley Triathlon in September of 2007 in Oregon, and had numerous podium results in her age group along the way. However, a torn ACL when skiing in 1997 had led to knee issues, and Anne ultimately decided that running over the long haul was not good for her.
bike Racing Success
Anne and her husband moved back to Portland, OR in 2008 and Anne began bike racing at the age of 46. She worked her way up to a Cat 3 road racer, specializing in time trials and criteriums.
She was a member of the Oregon State Team Time Trial Championship team for Elite Women with the Sorella Forte Team in 2010 and as part of a masters Women’s Championship Team in 2009.
She usually placed in the top of her age group in Cyclocross, and won her age group in short track mountain bike races. She placed 3rd in the Oregon State Cyclocross Championships in 2008.
She worked up to a Cat 2 cyclocross racer, competing in USAC Nationals as a Masters Racer in 2009.
She added Endurance Mountain biking to her repertoire, having completed the Test of Endurance 50 mile MTB race multiple times and a 6 hour solo MTB Race. She completed the High Cascades 100 twice, finishing 2nd for masters women in 2012. She finished the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race in 2012.
By 2015, Anne was ready to take coaching from a hobby for a burned out physician to a real job. She put racing on the back burner and focused her energy on coaching. A Head Coach with Wenzel Coaching since 2009, she founded her own company in 2017. Then in 2019, she joined forces with Chris Horner to form Linton Horner Coaching. She has helped many women transform from beginners to accomplished cyclists and triathletes. She has been coaching her 80-year old mother for the past ten years, who has run multiple half-marathons!