Hello and greetings from the USA! I am so excited to have been selected as one of the American Barrelman Ambassadors. This year will mark by 6th 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 Triathlon and have completed many other triathlons of varying distances since then. This is also marks the year I move up an age category.
I have always been in involved in some form of activity/sports and competition. Some of my earliest pictures show me with my mother’s softball mitt and a baseball cap. In middle and high school I completed in the majority of sports available: softball, basketball, cross country and track &field. Going away to college in Boston at Boston University allowed me the opportunity to play a new sport, ice hockey, for both Boston University and the University of Pittsburgh. 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. As a mid to back of the packer, I like to say I race against myself and to see improvement. Continuous forward motion is how I like to put it. Being in the back has also given me the opportunity to witness many people fight thru their doubts, realize their finish and enjoy that sense of accomplishment. If you’re out on the course and can finish, it’s a better day than just sitting on the couch.
I changed my majors a few times in college but finally settled on architecture and have been a licensed Architect since 2008. My area of focus is healthcare design and I enjoy the challenge of designing functional yet aesthetically pleasing spaces that provide places for healing. Currently I’m the Associate Principal for a firm located in West Virginia.
My friends and family are very supportive, although they do think I’m a bit crazy with all the training. I don’t like to sit still and prefer to spend my time outside or doing something active (don’t ask me about movies or TV shows, I’m not too bad with music).
I am excited to be an Ambassador for Barrelman Niagara Falls Triathlon (part of MultiSport Canada) and to share my journey. As a part participant, I can attest to the professionalism, quality and friendliness of the staff and volunteers and recommend this event to anyone looking for a great time.