I love living an active lifestyle! As a wife and mother in the community, I frequently promote running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon, to other people at my gym, at my children’s school, and wherever I happen upon people interested in learning more about the sports. I love talking about training and racing, but most of all I really love getting out there to train and race myself. People see me and my training as an anomaly, but I work to make it accessible to everyone. I believe anyone can be a mom, wife, and friend– as well as an active woman. Time management, consistency, and determination are key. My motto is ‘Success through determination’!
I have always been relatively active, either through aerobics or running. (I was even a certified aerobics instructor for a while after the birth of my first daughter!). I didn’t do my first 5k race until I graduated from college in my early 20’s. It wasn’t until graduate school that I got into endurance sports and joined a Jeff Galloway Marathon Training program in Dallas, TX. My goal was to do a marathon before I turned 30 and I ended up doing more than that and I kept on going (I have run 16 marathons)….I have qualified for Boston 5 times, running it 3, the last time with Jennifer in 2012. (I plan to run it again in 2015:). After the birth of my second daughter, as my list of running injuries was growing… I decided to give triathlon a try. I fell in love with the sport instantly! That summer I finished 4 sprint triathlons and an olympic distance event. I was also getting competitive at this time and started placing in my age group in local races. I joined the triathlon team at my local sporting goods store, Trysports, and over the course of the next 4 years competed in numerous sprint and olympic triathlons, two 70.3’s, and two Ironman triathlons, placing either overall or in my age group for most races. And my “claim to fame” is that I crashed after 2 miles on the bike in my first ironman, Coeur D’Alene, and broke my collar bone…I still finished the race though in 13:15! My last Ironman was IM Florida in 2011, where I managed a time of 11:13. Over the course of those 4 years, I also completed several 100 mile bike events, marathons, and distance swims.
After 2011 I have focused on other endurance events like the Swim Around Key West, 12.5 miles around the island, in 2012 and two ultra-marathons last year, a 6 hour race and a 50 mile race (I was first female at that race!).
Finally, these past 2 years I have also been a Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete and have LOVED every minute of it. The products are really top notch and have helped fuel me for training, competition, and recovery. If you have any questions or want some samples let me know! If you’re local, at times I give talks at local stores or run/triathlon groups about race nutrition, psychological aspects of racing, and triathlon information, so come see me!