|06/11/2023||Ironman 70.3 Eagleman|
Silver Spring, Maryland
|Primary Discipline(s)||Triathlon, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming|
|Bucket List Race||Mackinac Island Swim (8.2 miles around the island) or Mighty Mac Swim (between upper and lower MI)|
|Post-Race Drink||Ahtletic Brewing Hazy IPA|
|Off-Day Activity||Usually catching up on laundry, cleaning the house. Exciting!|
I am a mother of two, triathlete, pool and open water swimmer, masters swim coach, and enthusiastic PTA/school volunteer. A swimmer through college, I signed up for a sprint triathlon in 1997, the summer before my senior year. It was so much fun. All of the pressure I had felt competing in the pool was gone. I had found my new sport! I took a brief break from swimming after college but quickly found myself back in the pool, coaching and competing in the pool and open water.
Two and a half years ago I suddenly found myself facing the possibility that I would never compete again. I had developed severe pain in my neck and weakness in my left arm that made normal daily life difficult. After looking at my MRIs, I had one doctor bluntly tell me that I would never compete again. I found a new doctor who was more optimistic. I had cervical spine fusion surgery in April 2020 to fix the parts of my spine that we could fix. I regained use of my left arm immediately and after a long recovery and a lot of physical therapy, I was back to racing triathlons a little over a year post-op. I am even more grateful for swimming and triathlon and want to continue to share my love of these sports with others.
My family is also pretty active. My husband and I met at a masters swim meet and we often compete together in the pool and open water. Our kids are 9 & 11 and are also swimmers and have competed in kids triathlons. They are involved in a lot of other sports and activities and keep us busy. I love watching them learn and grow in sports!
Similarly, I also love my job of coaching masters swimmers. It’s such a diverse group of athletes with all levels of swimming skill and experience and watching them reach their goals is amazing.