In one year, I went from someone who didn’t even know the order of events or distances in triathlon to becoming an elite triathlete. And it all started with a bike… Even though I grew up on a ranch and rode horses long before ever riding a bike, my first road bike changed everything. I’ve always loved being outside – my favorite place to workout, play and do just about everything. Bikes have a way of expanding that outdoor gym – suddenly every road became somewhere new to explore. ☺
At 6’0” and growing up on California’s Central Coast, I was a volleyball player through and through. I played year-round, for club teams, indoors and on the beach. As a collegiate volleyball player, I started running track and field to stay in shape, and it wasn’t until I was a junior that I became a runner… My coach took his chances on me, and transformed a volleyball player with a severe aversion to morning runs into an N.A.I.A. All-American and 10k runner. My life (and my mornings) have never been the same.
After winning my age group in my first triathlon in 2009, I was hooked. Over the next year, I trained and competed in both cycling races and triathlons, going from CAT 4 to CAT 2 in a season, competing in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, and winning the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island in 2010.
When I’m not swimming, biking or running, I work with solar energy technologies in communications. I also volunteer with an amazing organization called Athletes Without Limits, the non-profit dedicated to helping elite athletes with intellectual disability achieve their athletic goals. Now that Paralympics reincluded a division for athletes with intellectual disability, it would be great to see some U.S. athletes at 2012 Paralympics!
As a new triathlete, I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my family, friends and sponsors. I am continuing to grow and develop as an athlete and as an individual, and I owe everything to the amazing team I have behind me and those who have been with me every step of the way. ☺
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