Hi guys! I’m glad you made it to my site. I would love an opportunity to share my story with you quickly so you can learn about some major obstacles I am overcoming and I hope to inspire you to push yourself past what you think you can do!
Through two major back injuries I had an opportunity to learn about other aspects of health besides just physical. I began competitive sports in elementary school so I was always accustomed to training and competing, but when I first hurt my back in 2013, my movement was limited for several years so I had to find other productive avenues to focus on. During my healing process I became very interested in emotional health and its’ application for living with peace of mind and as a tool to improve performance!
Just after my first injury had healed enough for me to start training again, another accident happened and put me on the sidelines for another couple years and trust me, it’s been very difficult. The thing is, this could happen to anyone, and we see athletes go through a lot of mental and emotional difficulties following injuries because of losing something that is a significant component of who they are. Enough time has gone by since both injuries, and I have been through enough ups and downs that in 2020 I decided to compete in my first triathlon! Given my background of competitive swimming and running, triathlon has been something that has interested me since 2013. It has taken several years for it to come together and I’m really enjoying living into this sport!
Athletes and non-athletes know that back injuries don’t ever seem to go away completely, so this chapter of my story is involving far more critical thinking, personal responsibility, mental strength, pain management and individual accountability. I’m so glad you are here and I’m working on creating content about physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health while training for nationals. I am my own student and aim to be living testimony of the difference it makes when athletes are focused and have the tools to cope with the distractions caused by emotional stress! Trust me, it seems scary at first, but the more you practice, the more rewarding it becomes and you are able to break out of your shell, simply because that’s what we are designed to do!
Follow along with my training journey! I competed in one race last year and earned 9th place in my age group along with qualifying for nationals! I am currently training for the Boulder sunrise sprint triathlon, the Steamboat lake sprint triathlon and Age group nationals sprint triathlon in Milwaukee, WI! This season I am focused on sprint distance triathlons which are typically .5 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.2 mile run at an all-out race pace! Typically between 60-90 mins of anaerobic sprinting while rapidly transitioning between 3 different sports! My current mindset is a five year outlook with goals to become a top competitor during that time. As I become more experienced I may try some longer events, such as olympic or half ironman. For now, it truly is a huge accomplishment that I am feeling good about training and competing in 4 sports- swimming, cycling, running and triathlons. I hope my journey of overcoming these injuries to compete again and my study of crossing the finish line as a complete person inspire to you make a bold commitment and reach your goal, no matter what!