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Why I tri:

I started racing in triathlons only a few years ago after saying I would never do them. I’ve been a runner for over 15 years but never ran competitively. Although I’ve completed 1 marathon, 19 half marathons, numerous 5ks and 10Ks, I never knew how to race efficiently. In fact, my very first race was a 5K in New Orleans, and I had no concept of pace or hydration and wore some trail running shoes that were too small but “looked pretty”. Had you asked me to ride a bike 4 years ago, I would have said no let alone swim more than 10 minutes.

I finally gave into peer pressure and did my first tri in 2015 (Tri for Acts of Kindness). I was hooked! I participated again in 2017 and placed 2nd in my age group!

I started working with a coach in Jan ’18 to prepare for my first Olympic tri (Deuces Wild) and met some fellow triathletes who were training for half ironman races. Once again, peer pressure (and envy) gave in, and I signed up for my first half ironman. In Sept. 2018 I completed a race that I would never have thought I would even sign up for let alone finish…Santa Cruz 70.3.

I joined TTG a few years ago after participating in the Easy Peezy Lemmon Squeezy and have met some amazing women who love the sport. My company, 26 Point 2 Designs, is also a 2018 Sponsor. I love the fact that TTG really encompasses all women at all levels and abilities and provides many opportunities to learn more about the sport through well-supported events and workshops.

I’m planning more sprint and Olympic distance triathlons in 2019 to get stronger and more confident. Maybe you’ll see me at another 70.3 in 2020.

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