I am a Physician Assistant at Orthopedic Associates. Born and raised in Belleville, IL, but now reside in the St. Louis area with my husband, Scott. I have been competing in triathlon for about 10 years. My background is in swimming , and I took up running after college. While training for a half marathon I sustained an injury. As a result, I was not able to run for a few months. At that point, I purchased my first road bike and not long after decided to give triathlon a try. My first race was a small sprint in Wood River, IL. The transition was just an open area near the course with the run and bike course consisting of a repetitive 2 mile loop. Needless to say, I was hooked and have been racing ever since.
What is your favorite race?
My favorite race was Door County 70.3 in northern Wisconsin. The water was clear and cool (wet suit legal in July). The ride and run were gorgeous. Throughout, you saw views of the orchards and bay. Plus, the volunteers were the absolute best cheerleaders and very helpful. The whole area thanked you for racing and coming to Door County. Additionally, my husband really enjoyed the area, which always helps ;). In terms of local races, I enjoy the St. Louis Triathlon and New Town Triathlon. Both are well organized with good courses. Also, there are a lot of other tri club members racing which always makes it more fun.
What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
Forest Park! Well at least for running. I think the park is beautiful. There are always a lot of other people out which I find motivating. Plus, it is easy to add on miles in the Clayton area. I also enjoy riding in Columbia, IL. You do not have to worry about stoplights and traffic is usually light. It doesn’t hurt that I seem to always race well when I do a lot of training in that area.
What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
I love the mental and physical challenge as well as the growth that comes from training and racing. I also love the camaraderie and respect of fellow triathletes along with the simple joy that comes from a group ride or run.
Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Have fun and don’t be afraid to try! Also, ask the more experienced tri club members questions!!