How I Caught the Triathlon Bug

My father passed away from cancer when I was 29. I was battling depression and weight gain through running. I started swimming for low-impact cross-training in 2008 and was talked into doing a triathlon by a buddy of mine. Dug out my steel-framed bike from the 1980s and did my first sprint. I attempted a flying mount out of T1 and am thankful I had already produced my 3 offspring (ouch!). After 2 duathlons and 2 triathlons that year, I was hooked and started investing in equipment and coaching. I specialize in all distances of duathlons and prefer 1/2-iron triathlons. I have managed to keep off the 80 pounds and strive to be a role model for balanced physical, emotional and mental health.