How did you find your sport?
I originally got into the sport with the interest of racing ironman. My first triathlon was ironman Coeur d’ alene. I dreamed of racing in kona so wanted to try to qualify while I was still in the 18-24 age group. I finished second, and missed grabbing the one allocated spot….little did I know that later I wouldn’t just qualify for kona but that I’d be racing the best in the world as a professional. It’s all about the journey…
What did you find most challenging when you first began your entry into training and competing?
Triathlon is a complex sport. I was overwhelmed with all the gear needed to compete in the sport! Once I got this under control the next challenge was figuring out proper nutrition. From the start I knew that in order to succeed in endurance racing proper attention must be given to nutrition.
Where is your favorite place to train?
If you asked me 2 years ago I’d answer South Africa, although I had the opportunity to race there in 2013. It didn’t disappoint! I have a lot of Australian friends and am dying to make it to Australia to race. I know they really embrace the sport of triathlon there and anticipate it would be a tremendous experience. My other bucket list race is in Phuket Thailand. Being able to travel the world to race is an absolute blessing!
What is your favorite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
2XU Recovery tights. I've tried every pair of compression tights in the books and 2XU can not be outdone. They’re comfortable, offer the proper level of compression, and actually work!
What motivates you to train and race harder?
Every year I start by setting concrete goals. Never losing sight of these goals and how bad I want them is what keeps me driving forward and digging deep. When I have a purpose there is no stopping me! Goals should be personal and inspiring…and definitely unique to each individual athlete.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
Wow - my world is a crazy one. Unlike most professional triathletes I maintain not only a full time job, but a career. I am an attorney and was practicing litigation when I first started racing professional. I was burning the candle at both ends in order to try to make it work, but the lifestyle was not sustainable. I now work in house for a software company where I’ve found support and balance to pursue my desire to win both in sport and in career. I am driven by the goal of winning and this is what keeps me energized through the long days. I am up extremely early, and into the pool by 5am. I sacrifice a lot to make it all work, and it took a lot of time to find the right fit, but currently I have a good thing going. Surrounding myself with like minded people is an essential element to my success.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful?
Clif bar products in every single pocket. That is unless an ironman is nearing, then I’ve likely worked my way through the food stash and need to replenish.
What is your favorite post event meal?
Once upon a time (before realizing I could no longer eat gluten) it was peanut butter puffins. I’ve been known to crawl into bed with a gigantic bowl, the entire box of puffins, one big spoon and go to town. Sadly those days are in the past. I never really know what I will crave after an Ironman. Sometimes my stomach completely shuts down and I’m unable to eat and other times I just eat whatever’s in sight.
Your favorite splurge item – food, gear, or otherwise?
Frozen yogurt! It is absolutely my favorite food group. If I am going to really splurge I’d go for the thai and froyo combo.
In five years time, I will be:
I think at this point triathlon will likely be in the rear view mirror for me. I know it will be a sad day when I decide to move on, but eventually I know I want to spend more time with friends, family, loved ones and pursuing my career. Triathlon is am amazing lifestyle and I know I won’t ever give that up completely, however I do believe there is life beyond Tri. I just hope this never means leaving behind the friends I’ve made along the way…that after all has been the best part of this journey!