Atlanta Multisports Magazine Issue No 3 - Page 50

"My decision to immerse myself into the sport of triathlon came in Spring of 2010. Prior to that, I had been a recreational cyclist/Lance Armstrong wannabe and occasional gym rat. Triathlon was a sport that a few friends were involved in and thought was amazing they could do, but I never considered taking it up because I did not know how to swim properly and saw swimming as a huge hurdle that I never thought I could overcome. I also did not enjoy running because even a 10k would make me hurt down to the bones 2010 is to date, the most difficult year I have ever lived and by far the lowest point in my life thus far. The year started off with a divorce, a dismissal from my MBA program (I got back in and later finished), a death in the family, and a full year of experiencing unemployment and rejection from over 10 companies/interviews.During a particularly depressing day, I received a postcard from Team in Training inviting me to an information session to hear more about training for a Fall triathlon. I had participated in TNT cycling events when I lived in San Francisco and thought it particularly timely that I got that postcard that day. I hadn’t thought about or heard from TNT since probably 2004. It was that postcard that helped me decide to “take the plunge” and learn how to swim, bike and run properly in order to finish a triathlon. I completed the Olympic distance Nations Triathlon in Washington, DC in September of 2010 and have been addicted to the sport ever since

I choose to be a part of the Kyle Pease Foundation because my coach, Brent Pease, is Kyle’s brother. I admire the two of them for their spirit and their determination in overcoming the odds. It’s also a foundation where I find I can make a positive impact directly and see the tangible results of my fundraising and participation as a “pusher” for a KPeasey athlete.

I started doing international races because I love to travel and explore and thought why not combine the two interests. Not only do I tick off another Ironman race in my quest for Kona, but I also visit places that I've never been and are full of culture.

My motivation for racing (and life) is finding balance. While I enjoy training for long distance races, I also enjoy many other hobbies outside of training and work, like cooking, wine tasting, reading, playing piano, and writing. I am motivated because with varied interests there has to be balance. Ironman training keeps me fit and feeling good but also motivates me to fuel with good quality foods both for my body and for my mind. I plan to be in the sport for a long time and want to be one of those 70 or 80 year olds that qualifies and finishes Kona!"