During the past few years endurance and adventure has been what I have breathed, ate, slept. It was either being on one or planning the next. Each adventure has been special in its own way, however, the first marathon at 18 was what made me believe I could do the rest of them.

After that marathon, I was dreaming up what my next challenge would be. Although was preceded was a row across an ocean, cycle across America, a river swim from source to mouth, amongst many others, my intention was always to do an Full Iron Distance Triathlon.

The marathon was the most difficult thing I could image and I stumbled across REV3 Triathlon soon after completing it. I knew I had the running down and had been swimming as soon as I could but I wanted to improve my cycling. And that’s what led to the cross-country cycle. After years of completing other challenges, it was time.

Being an Full Iron distance “virgin” everyone told me to set my sights set on just finishing without any time goals. And so that’s just what I had my sights on. Just crossing that finish line within the 17-hour time limit.

I hadn’t practiced transitions or studied the course, things that I probably should have done if I thought there was a chance to be the fastest female competitor. But as I crossed that finish line, I had a feeling I hadn’t before. When I rowed the Atlantic, one ocean was enough. But that question during the race changed from “could I do it?” to “could I do it the fastest?”.

Coming in second overall and first in my division (age 25-29) far exceeded my expectations. Considering I swam an extra quarter mile (turns out I can’t swim in a straight line yet!) and ran too far it made me all-too-curious to see what I could do the next time around.

It may have been the first but it will certainly not be the last triathlon finish line I cross. My little engine is just getting warmed up and I’m ready for more next year!

Sending a very big thanks to Newton Running for keeping my feet happy,GU Energy and SportsLegs for keeping my muscles fueled, and Giant Bicycles for Austin, my two-wheeled boyfriend!

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