|Bucket List Race||ITU-Powerman World Championship - Long Distance (as a Pro) Switzerland|
As long as I can remember, I have always been relatively athletically inclined…. except maybe those awkward middle school years. I’ve played softball since 4th grade and in High School I was named Captain of both the Softball and Cross-Country Ski Team. I played on the varsity team for both, since freshman year and won numerous all state and regional awards. It’s funny looking back, my nickname was “Speedy” I guess I should have seen my calling back then. However, it wasn’t until I moved to Georgia 5 years ago for the Air Force, when a coworker challenged me to this thing called “triathlon” that I fell in love with the multisport community. Ever since then, it has been a whirlwind, going places, meeting people and doing things I never thought I would.
I feel I’ve come a long way since my very first race. I‘ve gone from being in the top 15 in my age group, to now winning female overall and sometimes even the overall against the men too. I was named All American for the 2018 Season being in the Top 10%. I’ve traveled across the country racing in National Championships, some even in the same day back to back and still ending up with a podium finish! I’ve traveled around the world representing Team USA, racing against the best of the best at the World Championships and even podiumed there! I’ve not only excelled in dutathlon. This year I picked as 1 of the 3 ladies out of the whole National Guard to make the ANG Challenge Team for the Air Force Marathon and I ended up 4th Overall military female in the half marathon, helping lead the ANG MAJCOM Team to a 1st place victory against all other MAJCOMS. I also decided to get swim lessons, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… and 6 months later I competed in my first triathlon and took the overall! When I started, 5 years ago if you would have told me I’d be a pro-duathlete, I would have said you were crazy, but now here I am. I find out in December if I will race as a pro next season. I am hopeful for what the future holds and I can’t wait to see where I will be in another 5 years!