I am so excited to have been selected as a TriDot Ambassador. This year will mark by 7th year of having fun with triathlon. My first triathlon was a local sprint, the Tristate Triathlon in 2012 and I was hooked. I moved up to the Half distance the following year with the Half Full 70 and have completed many other triathlons of varying distances since then. 2019 will hopefully my best yet!
I have always been active and involved in some form of activity/sports and competition. Some of the earliest photos show me with my mother’s softball mitt and cap, wanting to play. In middle and high school I completed in the majority of sports available: softball, basketball, cross country and track & field. College at Boston University afforded me the opportunity to play a new sport: ice hockey. It was love at first skate/puck shot and I ended up playing for both Boston University and the University of Pittsburgh club teams, culminating with my final collegiate games at the national club championships. Since then I’ve continued to play hockey for the occasional women’s team and at local pick-up. I’ve also dabbled in whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, soccer, and aikido. Currently I tend to do most of my running/racing on the local trails of WV and the occasional bike race to train for triathlon. I’d rather be on the trail than on the road any day.
I think I was drawn to triathlon because it combines 3 sports (jack of all, master of none kind of thinking). I’ve never been the fastest but I enjoy the challenge and strategy, especially with the longer distances. It’s all about continuous forward motion, trying to be the best version of yourself, pushing your boundaries and challenging what you think is possible and trusting your preparations. A day on the course is better than a day on the couch.
TriDot, for me, is the training program that makes sense and just works. I love how it’s structured yet flexible enough to allow for life outside of triathlon. I first came to TriDot in 2016 as part of the PSP and stuck around as I intended to complete a full distance. It didn’t go quite as I planned (the swim venue changed and was horrible) but I was able to successfully utilize the training 2 weeks later at a last minute half where I placed Athena.
I stepped away from TriDot (while still recommending it to anyone looking for structured training) for a while but realized I needed the structure it provided. So I joined back and am working towards what will hopefully be my best year yet.
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