We all have a story. Where we came from, what we have done, what we have accomplished, the problems we have faced to get where we are, and everything in between. Here is my story.
Competition has always been a huge part of my life. My dad grew up competing in sports, my mother is very competitive and my uncle did professional triathlons when he was younger. It is engrained in my very soul. When I was about 6, I was involved in everything from, small running races at school to gymnastics competitions. There has never been a time in my life that I wasn't on a team, running races or competing in sports. I continued to do this up until college, but there was one particular thing that always stuck with me and that was running. I fell in love with Cross country running, track, training for specific races and just running for pleasure. I have been addicted to it ever since I started back in the 8th grade. Running played a major role in my life which spilled over into my college years where I joined the Cross Country and Track teams at Defiance College. When I turned 21, I decided I wanted to find another kind of challenge, triathlon.
If you thought I was addicted to running, multiply that by 100 and you get the level of addiction I have for triathlon competition. I love everything about it. I love learning about the best equipment, I love traveling to races, I love working my butt off and training each and every day, I love getting faster and faster in each category of the race and I love the community of people that it attracts. My dad and my uncle have always been my motivation and they will continue to be. I always have them in the back of my mind pushing me to go faster, harder and longer.
I have many goals for my triathlon career this year and if you are reading this, I hope you come along with me on my journey to reaching those goals. Also, one piece of advice I can give: Follow your dreams, and follow your heart.