I started doing triathlons a little over a decade ago after repeatedly getting injured from long distance running. I learned about the club from a fellow triathlete at the pool, and was helpful to learn more about this sport and training. My body has been much happier since I’ve changed to shorter distance triathlons, and I’m so glad I still get to compete in some endurance races but without the pounding of only running. I’m a huge animal lover and have a pack of rescue cats and dogs at home. Lots of fur and love.
When/Where was your first triathlon?
I did the tour de kirkwood, fell in love with tris, and the rest is history.
What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?
I’m more of a gummy gal myself, I am currently digging nuun, like the raspberry flavors.
What is your favorite race?
I really love new town, love those flat courses.
What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
I had a panic moment once years ago in Lawrence, KS during a swim. I was feeling cocky and got in the front of a mass swim. There was some mini waves, and with the wetsuit on I felt constricted like I could not catch my breath. I was able to just let everyone swim around me and was able to calm and keep swimming. Still it a fan of wearing wetsuits.
What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
I love the trails over in Illinois because no one is on them. I do the majority of my bricks on grants trail early on weekend mornings. I’m a bit weary of cars so tend to stick to trails.
What is the worst food you’ve tried in training or racing and why?
I don’t do well with gels too much for my stomach.
What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
I love the challenge and that you have three sports to constantly challenge yourself with.
What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
It’s not tri gear per se… but I love my Apple watch.
Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
listen to your body and do what is best for you. Injury is not worth it.