So, I kind of started out with a simple post yesterday about swim goggles, but I really want to share with you all why I want to become a pro triathlete, and the steps I’ve taken so far to getting there. They are small steps, but important nonetheless. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to “be” somebody. I had dreams of being an olympic gymnast, but I was discouraged when I suddenly felt fear when performing different tricks, or skills, in addition to spraining my ankle practically once a month. It was also tough training 7 days a week. Seriously. On Mondays, we trained from 6-9, Tuesdays 4-7, Wednesdays 4-7 (with an hour of dance), Thursdays 6-9, Fridays 4-7 (and then open gym til 9), Saturdays 12-4, and Sundays private lessons. Yup, CRAZY. I know. I also, was playing soccer, and I ultimately decided that soccer was more fun, and way more flexible. I then played basketball and field hockey too, plus I had a social life! Sophomore year of high school, I decided to focus on soccer because I thought I had a real chance of getting a scholarship to a D1 school, boy was I wrong. It was way tougher than I thought, and it’s hard when there are politics involved and coaches don’t give you a chance. I ended up playing D3 soccer at DePauw University, and it was the best decision of my life! I had the most fun I’d ever had, and the girls are still my best friends. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
I have always been competitive, and after soccer season had ended my senior year, I thought I would be excited to just go to the gym and workout on the elliptical or go to a class, but something was missing. Oh wait, competition. I love competing, setting goals, and getting better at something. So, I decided second semester senior year of college to sign up to do a marathon. I had never even done a race before. Again, seriously. But, I’ve always believed in “Go Big, or Go Home.” So, there I was a second semester senior training for a marathon, and boozing 3-4 days a week. In fact, I had spring break three weeks before the marathon, and I’m sure you can guess the only training I did was training my liver and my right bicep.
So, there I am April 24th in St. Louis, Missouri about to do my first ever race and my first ever marathon. As soon as I get there and everyone is lining up, tears start streaming down my face. “I can’t believe I’m doing this. I can’t believe all of these people have trained to do this too.” The National Anthem plays, and I’m filled with pride and joy. My heart is racing. And I’m off. My goal was to finish and to run the whole thing. I did! I ran it in 4:14. I was so proud!
I have a couple under marathons under my belt, and realized that I could be quite good at this. I then qualified for Boston with a 3:30:44, and ran Boston this year. I will have to tell that story in another blog post. Anyway, after I ran Chicago and qualified for Boston, I was inspired by my friend, Kim, to do an Ironman. So, I decided to sign up for a half ironman in Branson, Missouri. Again, I have no triathlon experience. Go Big, or Go Home. So, I’m all signed up, and now I’m doing a spring tri, and 2 olympic tri’s this summer to prep for my first half ironman.
My dream is to be a full time athlete. I LOVE working out, I’m passionate about the sport, I’m excited about improving and pushing my body to the limits. I want help, I need coaches, but can’t quite afford them, so any sponsorship is more than welcome to help me get to my BIG goal PRO-TRIATHLETE (Long Course). I know it’s not easy, and I know the lifestyle isn’t glamorous, that’s not why I want to do this, it’s become I’m full of perseverance, determination, motivation, ambition, and passion. And above all, I think it’s FUN.
The next post will be about the steps I’ve taken so far to start my journey as a triathlete.