|Bucket List Race||Ironman 140.6 Santa Rosa|
|Post-Race Drink||Coke Classic Real sugar|
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I still live in the wonderful Pacific Northwest, just northeast of Seattle in Snohomish. I have always been a bicyclist, some of my oldest and best memories are on a bike. I started competing in Cross Country & Track in 6th grade and continued through High School. After high school my focus shifted from competitive running to overall fitness and I became somewhat of a gym rat.
After having several personal trainers through out the years tell me I should do a triathlon I finally did. At the local YMCA I belong to there is a Triathlon Club that trains Sunday mornings indoors and I thought would be a great way to cross train during the winter, so that's what finally got me to try triathlons. Well after the first 6 week training session of that I was hooked. Now myself and one other volunteer run the YMCA Triathlon Club and all of my strength training is geared towards triathlons.
I still consider myself a relatively new triathlete, going into my 5th year. However I have been fascinated by the sport for as long as I can remember. As a kid watching the Ironman race in Kona I remember thinking the athletes were these crazy bad ass endurance athletes, well now I know that's true.
I had had a goal of finishing a full Ironman and getting my 70.3 time under 6 hours by now but I have had some medical issues over the last few years that always seem to set me back. Most recently I had Pneumonia 7 weeks before IM70.3 Coeur d'Alene 2019 and was only cleared medically to race/train hard the week before the race. I did finish the race, just not with the results I wanted. I probably shouldn't have raced but it was my "A" race and everything was already paid for. I wasn't able to commit to any other races for the season, health wise I just didn't feel right.
This is what is driving my recent decision to skip a destination race, all Ironman branded races are destination races from Western Washington. I am still planning on racing, but the plan is to do smaller local races and to focus on getting healthy. I do have 5 local (Western Washington) races I am planning for the summer and possibly a race or two in Eastern Washington.
The hope with just doing smaller local events this coming year and focusing on getting healthy I can then do IM Santa Rosa or IM CDA and maybe a IM 70.3 in 2021.