Where did you grow up?
Fort Collins, Colorado
No kids, though my husband might count as one :) Two kitties - Everest and Tsali.
First real triathlon was Memphis In May 2003.
Why did you get into triathlon?
I was a Division I runner in college and suffered a load of injuries my junior and senior years. I ended up cross training for the better part of that time and felt since I had basically been training for a triathlon I might as well do one :) One of my friends on the swim team convinced me to sign up for Memphis In May and I was quite abruptly introduced to the craziness that is triathlon. Let's just say when I got out of the water I realized I had no idea where my bike was and spent a long time changing outfits as well...oopsee....
Goal for 2017:
My goal is ALWAYS to bring out my "best self" in racing. For me racing is about me vs. the road and elements I face battling each other. I want to know what I can get out of myself and know there is a lot left I've yet to discover. A very specific goal for 2017 is to be injury free all season. I've been injured for the better part of 14 months and know if I can get in consistent training the road and I will have some pretty fun battles :)
I have several but sorry, must give two:
1) "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" - Walt Whitman
2) "You see, the sad thing about a guy like you is that in 50 years, you're gonna start doing some thinking on your own and you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life. One: don't do that. And two: you dropped a 150 grand on an education you could have gotten for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library." - Good Will Hunting
Those who do good, show kindness and selflessness when no one is watching...
Strange race habits or rituals?
Eating a Kim and Jake's Cookie for breakfast....YUM
Chocolate...YES, that is a food. A close second - cake of the Kim and Jakes variety...
Coffee or Tea:
Would you rather be a dog named killer or a cat named fluffy?
Cat named fluffy (looks can be deceiving...wink wink)
If you could spend one day with anyone (dead or living) who would it be?
My mother. One day wouldn't be enough for all the things I'd want to ask her.
What does #BeAVixxen mean to you?
It means not being afraid to take a chance. It means daring to dream of outcomes that perhaps no one can see but you. It means supporting not just those who support you but those who don't even know you. It means being a source of inspiration to women who don't realize the strength they have inside - showing them with confidence, preparation and belief the cliche that anything is possible is not a cliche.
One thing that most people don't know about you?
I'm an entrepreneur at heart. I've been lucky to help direct two start-ups so far and like racing know there isn't failure, only learning on what to do better next time...