Why did you get into triathlon?
After many years of racing marathons and half marathons I was hooked on endurance sports and ready to step up to the next big challenge. Because I believe in the power of change, facing your fears head on and trying something that scares the crap out of you, I signed up for a triathlon on a whim and a dare. I fell in love with the sport from the get-go and quickly transitioned from marathoner to aspiring triathlete. Since switching to triathlons, I feel stronger. I feel much more confident with my total fitness, beyond what I ever felt as a runner.
What triathlon experience do you have?
I have nine years of multisport experience across a variety of distances. I currently compete in all distances of the sport from sprint to the Iron distance and have many age group wins and overall podiums to my credit. I am a two time Kona qualifier, multiple Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifier and USAT All American athlete.
What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
I believe in plain old hard work and commitment. In order for an athlete to improve, there is a need to train hard, consistently and specifically for the demands of the sport. I also believe in the benefits of a healthy approach to nutrition, quality sleep and the consistent integration of recovery. Triathlon success is no accident. It's hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, commitment and most importantly love of what you are doing. You need to have fun and enjoy the process in order to get the most our of your training and racing. Ultimately, surround yourself with people who believe in you. In order to accomplish your goal, you need to have full support in all aspects of your life.
What is your approach to working with athletes?
I'm a motivator with a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the sport. The ability to motivate and inspire is part of my formula for success. Coaching is as much about mentoring as it is about training plans and workouts. In triathlon, there is a never ending process of guidance for performance, including season planning, mental approaches, race strategy, nutrition. The list goes on. Education, support and ongoing feedback are integral to helping you learn along the way, make intelligent decisions and apply the training plan as intended.
How have triathlons enhanced your life?
Triathlon is a sport, but more it's a way of life. It's been a source of intense pain, and a source of pure joy and deep satisfaction. When I first qualified for Kona it was a milestone on a much greater journey. Now I know that what may at first seem impossible is not. Now I see obstacles and failures for what they are: Opportunities to learn and grow.
Now I choose action over inaction. I will always commit to my dreams. I love how triathlon tests all aspects of fitness, strength, power, endurance and most of all mental grit. To finish one, no matter your level of speed takes guts. Triathlon has become a fantastic outlet to continue representing who I am as a person, and to be the fiercest and healthiest woman that I can be. hey have greatly increased my confidence! To set a goal and work toward it day after day, through all kinds of weather and through all kinds of pain, and achieving that goal is like being handed a gift: the gift of discovering yourself and what you are made of. It's something everyone should experience and something no one can take away from you.