Why did you get into triathlons?
One day, when I was about 12, I saw Ironman Hawaii on tv. The race looked brutal and grueling, and awesome. I decided, as I watched the athletes push themselves to their limits, someday I was going to be an Ironman. I didn’t have much opportunity to race triathlons while growing up in a small town in Kansas, but I held onto the dream of crossing the finish line and hearing “You are an Ironman”. A couple years after college I finally bought my first bike and decided to give the sport a go. I was instantly hooked! I loved the training, the comradery, and the opportunity to push myself beyond what I had ever done before.
What triathlon experience do you have?
My first race was in 2006, where I landed in the back half of my age group, just ecstatic to cross the finish line. Now, I’m a professional triathlete with 11 Ironmans and 20+ Half Ironmans under my belt. In 2014 I finished 3rd at Ironman Coeur D’Alene, 5th at Lake Stevens 70.3, and 6th at Ironman Wisconsin. Then, in 2015, I had a baby. Now not only do I know what it takes to move from the back to the front of the pack, I also know what it means to balance, work, sport, and raising a little one. You can have it all, if you are willing to work for it!
What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
I think the key to success in triathlon is ‘heart’. It’s a burning desire to be great that gets you through the most grueling trainer rides and track sessions. It gets you to the pool at 5AM, when you’d rather be in bed. It compels you to keep running at the end of an Ironman when your legs are on fire and all you want to do is walk. It’s a willingness to put your heart and soul into the sport that will allow you to make your dreams come true.
What is your approach to working with athletes?
My approach to working with athletes is ‘leave no stone unturned’. Focusing on swim, bike, and run is great, but it’s not enough to get an athlete to meet their true potential. Together my athletes and I will build a plan that incorporates mobility, strength, nutrition, recovery, and mental preparedness. Those are the extra ingredients that will ultimately make the recipe for success possible.
How have triathlons enhanced your life?
Triathlon has given me so much – a passion for life, amazing teammates and friends, a career, and an opportunity to continually push my body further than I ever thought possible. It has taught me how to plan, goal set, win and lose, and how to keep fighting forward no matter what adversity comes my way.