So I met this girl who just started doing triathlons a month before… I watched her while experiencing the Newtown tri community. I said to myself “I have to try a tri!” (I married that girl…) 5 years later of races, I’m training for my first full ironman.
When/Where was your first triathlon?
Newtown triathlon, 2015
What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?
Favorite: chocolate with caffeine
Least favorite: espresso
What is your favorite race?
Ironman Coeur d’Alene 70.3 …. so far
(Local: St. Louis Tri, Newtown Tri)
What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
Calming my nervous excitement and channeling my adrenaline before the water.
What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
For hills: Babler Park, flats/wind: Newtown area, open water swim: Newtown, pool: St. Peter’s rec plex, Bricks: Creve Coeur lake
What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
The community of triathlon overall is very supportive of each other! That’s what captured me and fuels me! There’s such a positive vibe flowing whenever a conversation consists of tri. Anything is possible! Total strangers will trade most intimate trade secrets/stories ha.
What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
My bike, can’t complete a tri without a bike!
Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Keep asking questions, keep learning, keep adjusting… Triathlon tech/training is constantly evolving. Everyone’s journey is different, only use comparisons as motivation not competition!
How do you compare yourself to other triathletes?