My Story

Swimmer-Turned-Runner-Turned-Triathlete

I grew up swimming every summer and winter for a rec swim league.  I loved swimming, loved being in the water and being part of a swim team.  I continued swimming in high school, and also started running XC and track to stay in shape.    I didn’t love running like I loved swimming, but I enjoyed it enough and was fairly competitive within our league.  I debated swimming vs running in college, and realized I’d probably be able to compete at the same level in both.  My love for swimming won out, and I went on to swim for Bentley College.   I did well my freshman year, setting a few school records, but plateaued quickly after that.  Unfortunately, as many collegiate athletes do, I became burnt out by the end of my four years there.  Upon graduation,  I began focusing on a life-long dream of mine to run the Boston Marathon.

I joined the Cambridge Running Club in the fall of 2007, where I met tons of great friends and training partners who helped me reach my goal.  I ran my first marathon (Arizona Rock n Roll) in January of 2008, qualified for Boston, and ran the 2008 Boston Marathon (back when you could qualify and still sign up only 3 months before the race!).  I was hooked.  I fell in love with running, as I once had with swimming, and continued to run road races (5ks through marathons) for the next 4 years.

2011 was a tough year.  It brought injury-after-injury, and I became increasingly frustrated with running.  I’d recover from one injury, only to have another one a couple weeks later.  I began to do some swimming and biking as cross-training.  This sparked the idea to finally try a triathlon in 2012.  I had been told by many people that I should try doing triathlons, since I was already a strong swimmer and runner, but I always hesitated because of the biking.  I only had a mountain bike, and had never done any real bike training beyond spin classes and some cross-training.  Of course, when I decide to do something, I go all in – so in September, I signed up for a half ironman.  I joined Cambridge Masters Swim Club to get back in swimming shape, and bought a road bike.

2012 was a much better year than 2011, in terms of being able to train and race.  Although I was running less than I had in the past few years, I was racing faster and setting PRs at a number of difference distances.  I successfully made it through a triathlon season, competing in a duathlon, a sprint tri, an olympic distance tri, and finished up the season with a 1st place AG finish in my goal race, Timberman 70.3.  I was really happy with how my first year in triathlon went, and I decided that I wanted to try to take it to the next level.  In 2013, I started working with Coach Tim of QT2 Systems, and joined the QT2 racing team.    QT2 has taken the guesswork out of the equation, providing tools and guidance for all areas of physical & mental training, racing, nutrition, and recovery.

After a successful second triathlon season & finishing top amateur at Boulder 70.3, I will be competing in 2014 as a professional triathlete.   Check out my race schedule to see where I’ve been and where I’ll be this year!

 

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