When you believe in yourself and others believe in you, anything is possible.
On my way to the ﬁrst swim practice, I tried to think of a million ways to get out of not going. Why? Self-doubt and the thought of not being good at something and literally sinking in that pool. Then came the ﬁrst bike practice. I got there and saw everyone with their bike jerseys on and their fancy road bikes so I keep on driving because I was embarrassed about having a big heavy mountain bike and running clothes on. I let self-doubt and insecurities get the best of me. I regretted allowing these feelings conquer my spirit then, and realized that I was running away from the support that I needed the most. As the 12 week Tri It For Life training continued, I learned so much from these amazing ladies both mentors and athletes (which turned out to be just as scared as me). I continued to be the quiet, stand in the back athlete during this 12 week training; however, in June 2015, I completed my ﬁrst sprint triathlon, The Rambling Rose in Charlotte, NC …on my mountain bike!
When I walked into the Tri It For Life athlete kickoff almost 3 years ago, I did not know a single person in that room. Today, I have countless women supporting, encouraging, and believing in me every step of the way! My athletic and competitive spirit may be what prompted me to send my athlete interest form to Angi Klick; however, it was all of the amazing, motivating, and empowering women that have stood by me helping me get through every triathlon I have competed in during the last 3 years, ranging from sprints to eventually completing my ﬁrst full Ironman distance on October 21, 2017. Having these wonderful women in my life have allowed me to not let self-doubt and fear creep into my thought process and to always believe in myself that anything is possible and our potential as fearless women are limitless.