How did you first get interested in multisport?
I originally started as a runner, because it seemed like a reasonable thing to start doing and it got me outside. As most of our stories go, I became crazy and increasingly interested in the longest thing I could do and eventually worked up to a Marathon, and got bored with running. So when our teammate, Rebecca Szatkowski and I met at a bar (seriously) and realized we had some mutual connections, one drunken evening I committed to joining her family's team for Bike MS, bought a bike, and rode my first metric century that summer. I then decided I would channel my 13 year old self, get back in the pool, and sign up for my first Oly - The Mountaineer Triathlon.
Which sport do you enjoy the most?
This is tough. My heart really belongs to running because it's where I found my tribe first when I moved back to DC. But I love, love, love the bike. I love a long day of riding with good friends, and I love all the nerdy aspects of biking...like gear and data :)
Any embarrassing stories you'd like to share?
Generally, in life? Yeah, I've got a ton of those. Luckily, I'm now pretty hard to embarrass. As it pertains to racing? Probably puking at the finish line of the MCM 10k one year after trying to act like I was a fast runner. My finish photo, which I wish I had saved, was actually of me throwing up. And I didn't even cross the line first, so it delayed my time even further.
What is your most triumphant moment during a multisport event?
This sounds cliché, but finishing Ironman Canada. It was my second IM, but It was the first race I've ever done where I actually had solid doubts for a while that I was going to finish. (You know, that point where that three letter acronym, DNF, keeps bouncing around in your head like a pinball?) When I got off the bike, I knew right away I couldn't run the marathon I planned, and knew I was capable of any other day. It was incredibly defeating after a hard year both personally and race wise. Digging myself out of that dark place every second of that 5 hour run was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in a race, which made crossing that finish line mean more to me than any other one had. (And I managed to eek out a 2 minute PR!)
Tell us something that most people don't know about you.
I used to call in sick every time we had to run the mile in PE class. I hated running. I grew up a dancer and a gymnast, and even had a brief stint with diving because I thought swimming was so dreadfully boring. When I played soccer, I actually became a really solid goalie because I figured out early on if I became a good goalie I could run much less during the game. You guys, I despised it, and I would come up with about anything not to have to do it. When I graduated college and kicked my dancing career away, strangely, the first thing I turned to - was running.