About Me

For as long as I can remember, I've had this underlying urge to be active. At a very young age my parents signed me up for gymnastics. I fell in love and spent hours upon hours in the gym. I was in the 4th grade when my family relocated from Central Illinois to Chicagoland Suburbia. Finding a new gym that made me comfortable was hard. So I looked elsewhere. After a few failed attempts in other sports, my running shoes won. It made 0 sense. I came from a baseball loving family that lived the game.

But to me, it made perfect sense. Ready to break the mold, I laced up my shoes and never looked back. I wasn't anything special, or fast. I just needed to run. I looked forward to track practice in high school. I skipped a class or 2 in college to clear my head while I pounded the pavement. I crossed the finish line of my first marathon 2 weeks before I became an Illini graduate. I've made some lifelong friends and companions in this sport. I joined a community that I can only describe as indescribably wonderful.

And then I crossed over. I took a leap of faith and dumped all my spare money and time into the sport of triathlon. I finished my first triathlon in 2013 with a borrowed wetsuit, a swimsuit, and a pair of running shoes (that also served as biking shoes). Then, I found an old friend and asked her husband to guide me through this sport. He's kinda a big deal, and now a full time coach. 14 months later Mike Reilly called me an Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin. Four Ironman's later, goals have shifted and I'm ready to see where my true potential really lies. I'm excited for the journey, understand that there will be setbacks along the way, and ready to see where my legs can take me. Because personally, I feel like my day is more complete after a..

a little bike ride...
..and a run.

Join me why don't ya?


  1. I’m with the National Stroke Association which is hosting a 5K walk/fun run in Chicago on June 3 starting at DuSable Harbor and winding along the Lakefront Trail. We’d love for you to join us. Opening ceremony is at 8:45 a.m. There’s a loop for those who prefer a shorter route. We’ll come together to raise awareness for stroke and celebrate survival with stroke survivors and their families. To register as an individual or team visit: http://support.stroke.org/site/TR?fr_id=1642&pg=entry

  2. Really enjoy your blog posts. One of my favorite posts is Leon's Triathlon: Team Style. Would love to catch up and talk about transitions. What's the best way to get in contact? Thx