Why did you get into triathlon?
My sister- Don't we all want to be like our big sister? I (still) do! She had done a few shorter distance tri's and I did my first "Tri for FUN" in 2004 with her and my mom was there to witness the event, running shorts over swimsuit and ALL! It's been an obsession ever since and I've developed a passion for longer distances.
What triathlon experience do you have?
I have been racing triathlon since 2004, and did my first Ironman in 2010. I qualified for my first Kona at that race, and have qualified every year since. This October will be my 8th KONA Ironman World Championship. I have also raced numerous 70.3/half iron distance races as well as olympic distance races, qualifying for 70.3 worlds along the way. I am also a 2x AWA age group champion (2015/2016), and a USAT All American.
What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
I don't think there is a secret to success in triathlon. Consistent work will be rewarded with success. The day in, day out work we do is how we become successful. Proper fueling and sleep may be the cherry on top to that work and will yield us the results we are in search of.
What is your approach to working with athletes?
I am incredibly passionate about triathlons and have a positive outlook on life. I hope to share my passion with my athletes as well as my positivity. One workout doesn't make or break us, and I hope to impart that mind set to the people I am lucky enough to coach. I am definitely a cheer leader, but also with a side of tough love.
How have triathlons enhanced your life?
Man, this is a good one! Triathlons have of course enhanced my health. When I started this sport, I was still packing some extra pounds from too much partying in my early 20's. But that is not the best thing it has done for me. The best thing triathlon has brought me, is deep and lasting friendships. I have met some of my best friends through triathlon and I can't imagine where I would be without them and this sport.