I am a 41 year old Registered Nurse, mother of an 11 year old daughter. Married for 14 years. I was not athletic in my younger years and use to smoke a half a pack per day. One fateful night I was scanning Facebook when a friend posted that she was participating in a triathalon and if anyone wanted to join her. I clicked the link and registered for my first ever sprint tri, without knowing how to swim, and did not even own a bike. The rest they say, is history. I was addicted from the moment I crossed the finish line. I realized at that moment I was able to work my way through my own insecurities and anxiety. I truly started to believe I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I have had a rash of setbacks: 2016 I crashed on a North Carolina highway while competing in Ironman North Carolina. I came back stronger for it and I can proudly say I am an Ironman thanks to Lake Placid 2017. 2018 I was training again for Ironman Lake Placid and 3 weeks prior to competing fractured my clavicle which ended with a plate and 13 screws. 10 weeks later my dry needle therapist punctured my lung and I was hospitalized for 2 days with a chest tube. 6 weeks after having the chest tube removed I completed the Marine Corps Marathon for the 3rd consecutive year.
2019: I participated in Rock and Roll 5k and 1/2 marathon in Phoenix on Januray 20th. My goals for this year have been scaled back a bit. I have another 2, 1/2 marathons, a half Ironman and another full marathon. I want to thank 2018 for making me stronger. I continue to compete in order to add fullness to my life and to show my daughter that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, that it is not failure as long as you keep trying.