Selbyville , Delaware
|Primary Discipline(s)||Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium, Open Water Swimming, Road Running, Trail Running, Obstacle Racing, Duathlon, SUP, Kayaking / Canoe Marathon, Skiing, Hiking|
|Bucket List Race||Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Ironman World Championship|
|Post-Race Drink||Infinit Repair Complete Recovery|
|Off-Day Activity||Enjoying being outdoors with my family either hiking, SUP, traveling, surfing and trying new things.|
My name is Candace and I’m 35 years young, Married for 12 years and I have two beautiful children. I’m a proud military spouse! I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and two years ago we decided to move to the East Coast and now reside in Delaware. I’m loving living near the ocean and getting to explore all that it has to offer. I have recently (as in the past 2 years but we all know 2020 was a wash so can I really say 2 years …) started getting into triathlons and this past June completed my very first Ironman branded triathlon (Eagleman 70.3). I was supposed to race in 2020 but COVID came along and shut the race down, but little did I know it was a blessing in disguise for me. I had been training so hard to achieve this goal to get told the worst news an athlete can hear 2 months prior to their big event. I had a very bad run one morning but it didn’t feel like as “normal” bad run! I was sweating profusely, my heart beating out of my chest and I looked at my Garmin to see I had a pace of 11:45 and had only gone .25 miles. (Say what?!?) I was literally giving it all I had and my body and watch were acting like I was new to this. I called my doctor she had me come to her office. All my vitals were nothing short of perfection. She wanted to rule out a blood clot so she sent me to the hospital for a CT scan. I go immediately to the hospital for the scan and low and behold I had a blood clot that consumed the entire lower lobe of my right lung. My doctor and I were both shocked! They usually would have admitted me into the hospital for constant monitoring while giving me a high dose of blood thinners to break it down, but with COVID they didn’t want me anywhere near the hospital because if I contracted COVID while getting treatment I would have had a very slim survival rate. So I was sent home with my at home treatment. I was told to stop running because a portion could break off and go to my brain. I was speechless I couldn’t quit training I had a race, I asked for how long and my doctor had told me a clot this size would take 3 months or longer to be broken down and absorbed by my body. I couldn’t come to terms with this. Fast forward to 3 weeks later…I’m back at the hospital for a followup CT scan to see if the treatment has started to break down the clot. I get a phone call from my doctor telling me she can’t believe it and told me I wouldn’t believe it either but there were no signs of a clot! I was SHOCKED! I responded with you mean the medication is working and I’m allowed to start training again? My doctor told me I’m cured and free to train however I want. I know myself and if the race was still going to happen I would have made a way to race it but it was delayed a year. In yet another year of training for this event it truly made me step back and thing…WOW I GET TO DO THIS!!!! I love pushing myself, challenging myself mentally, physically and spiritually. I love encouraging my husband, children, family and community. I truly feel if I wasn’t so active in training for this triathlon and being so in tune with my body I might not have ever caught this in time and could have had a bad outcome. I’m here to inspire people to get out and try new things wether it’s running their first 5K, a sprint triathlon, hitting the waters and doing their first OWS, hoping on a bike for the first time since they were a kid. I’m active in smaller races as well as going for the Full IM distance race in Chattanooga,TN in 2022.