Who would've thought that a simple bicycle purchase, and a chance encounter 10 years ago would change the direction of my life. Back then, my idea of a bike ride was a leisurely ride down the TART trail. Then, I was introduced to the world of racing by working at the Iceman. My competitive fire that I nurtured in team sports growing up, had been rekindled.
I couldn't live in a more perfect place to learn the fine art of bike racing, and eventually triathlon, which has taken me places I never could have dreamed. I love being able to ride out from my back door and be in one of the most beautiful places in America. I love the rush of cresting a hill and seeing the lakes, orchards, and sometimes wildlife that most people miss while sitting in a car. Being part of Team Hagerty has heightened the exhilaration. I learn something new every ride, and being part of a team of some of the most exceptional athletes in the region pushes me in ways I never thought possible and am proud to call such like minded people, friends.
My specialty is triathlon. I have been participating in tris for the last 9 years, but competing in them really only for the last 2, when I was finally able to put the pieces together. I had my best season ever last summer with podium finishes at most races. Last year was also my proudest race (so far) in my career, when I was able to compete for Team USA in the Long Course Triathlon World Championships in Sweden. I qualified again for Team USA this year, which will be held in Oklahoma City in September.
My race season is just getting started as I come off a personal best 1/2 marathon time this past weekend in Marquette, at the Hope Starts Here Challenge (May 7).
June 4, Olympic tri, Harrison MI
June 19 Olympic Tri, Sanford MI
June 25, Sprint Tri, East Jordan MI
July 10, Sprint Tri, Interlochen, MI
July 17, Ironman 70.3 Racine WI
July 30 Olympic tri, Frankenmuth, MI
August 21, Traverse City Tri, 1/2 distance
Sept 4, Sprint tri, Boyne City, MI
Sept 24 Long Course World Championships, Oklahoma City
November 5, Iceman Cometh
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