This year I've got my sight set on TWO 140.6 races - Chattanooga and Florida. IMChatty will be a first and Florida will be a repeat. The challenge for these: they're only six weeks apart.
Last year I completed my 50th triathlon! I can't believe that when I started this journey in 2008, that it would send me on an adventure like this! Last year's races included Ironman Santa Rosa, five sprints, two Olympics and one 50-miler. Here's to 50 more!
My mother-in-law is right: I'm addicted to triathlon. There. I said it. I love it. I can't live without it. I can't quit whenever I want to. All the signs are there! I want to swim, bike and run. And when I'm not doing it, I'm thinking about it, or reading about it or writing about it. Or, I'm coaching others who may or may not be addicted also.
I'm an everyday athlete who found triathlon in 2008. I have a background in running, but due in part to injuries and in part to a little boredom - I decided to try my first sprint tri. I was immediately hooked. I fell in love with the supportive atmosphere, the competition, the people, the bling, the gear, being outdoors, meeting goals and the stories that come out of it all! I did two sprints the next year, joined a local tri club the year after that, became a USA Triathlon coach in 2010 and step-by-step moved from sprint, to international distance to half ironman to ironman. In October of 2017, I completed my FIFTIETH triathlon and moved up to Level II Endurance coach for USAT.
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I began competing in triathlons ten years ago. I have considered myself a runner all my life - but never a triathlete. I ran my first road race in fourth grade and subsequently ran track in junior high and high school. After a college-sized break, I began to run again for fitness in the late 90's and added more road races after 2005. In 2008 - due in part to injuries and in part to a little boredom - I decided to try my hand at triathlon. I signed up for the the SHEROX Tri in Charlotte: a half-mile swim, 17 mile bike and 3.1 mile run at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. I figured that swim/bike/run would be a well-rounded fitness program.
That summer, I invested in a Trek road bike, my first ever swim cap and pair of goggles! That first week, I logged only 12 miles on wheels and completed 10 laps in the pool (in preparation for nearly 40 for that race!). Since then, I've retired that swim cap and the bike and upgraded to new goggles several times over. I've completed over 20+ sprint tris (including a few relays), seven international distance tris and six half-iron distance races. I've also completed ten century rides including the Fletcher Flyer in Asheville, NC, the Hot 100 near Wilmington and my first double century, the Tour de Cure 2014. Last year, I swam 145 miles, biked 3690 miles and ran 700 miles. If I add my spin classes? That's 7575 miles in one year. That's taking I-40 West to Santa Barbara, CA and back!
I've tackled six iron-distance triathlons: Beach2Battleship in 2013 and 2014, IronMan Florida 2015, IronMan France and IMNC 140.6 in 2016 and IronMan Santa Rosa 2017.
When I'm not training, I'm coaching others. I'm a Level II - Endurance Coach for USA Triathlon, a SPINNING and pilates instructor for New Hanover Regional Medical Center's employee fit center and cycling and running coach for Wilmington's YDubTriClub. I currently live in Wilmington, NC with my husband, Ace and our Boykin Spaniel, Sunny Day.