I guess you could say my story is long and wanders quite a bit, but it brought me to The Cycling House, so for that I am grateful! I’ve always played sports or raced something… soccer, swimming, running, then came bikes! I swam for Drexel University in Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in photography — woohoo! While in the Philly area, I got really into the sport of adventure racing (think Eco-Challenge, not Spartan Race) — multi-sport events involving teams of four traveling via point-to-point navigation across all sorts of terrain, sometimes in the dark, for between six hours and 10 non-stop days. I’ve raced in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Canada and all over the U.S.
However, soon enough, I left the big city for a newspaper gig in lil’ ol’ Polson, Montana, where my love for the outdoors led to many more epic adventures and endless days of exploring Northwest Montana via foot, boat and of course, bike. When my friend said she wanted to do an Ironman to celebrate her 40th birthday, I said I would train with her. We took on IM Coeur d’Alene in 2013 where my ability to endure (enjoy?) pain and suffering came in handy once again. I was able to win my age group and earn a spot to Kona, which I raced later that year. The following year, I went after the 70.3 distance, won the amateur field in Calgary and raced to a top-10 age group finish in at the World Championships in Mont Tremblant. I don’t race a whole lot these days, but I still love getting out and training hard. I look forward to more Cycling House adventures and feel so fortunate to have a job that allows me to experience the world from the seat of a bicycle!