After a spending a summer sitting on the stairs in our local pool refusing to put my face in the water I finally had enough and decided it was time to start swimming. That summer I began what would be a 16-year competitive swimming career. It wasn’t until my freshmen year of high school that I became any good, it is amazing what happens when your grow 8 inches and start training 20 hours a week. I ultimately swam for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT), while I earned my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Instrumentation.
My Junior year swim season took a turn for the worst in practice two days after the first meet of the season. I tore my right posterior labrum, and wasn’t going to be able to swim again without surgery. I had reconstructive surgery and spent the next 3 months confined to a sling. To stay in shape while recovering from surgery I started to cycle and eventually developed the idea that signing up for a triathlon once I could swim again, would be good motivation to get back into shape. It was a total of 5 months before I could get back in the water, and all I did was a 100 free in 2:00. I ended up completing my senior year swim season and had my best collegiate results.
The first triathlon I signed up for was Ohio 70.3 and I had one goal: win the swim, send the bike, and pray I can run. I ended up qualifying for 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. To date I have done 7 triathlons. Since starting to work with Ruble Triathlon I have made huge strides in my bike and run ability, including taking 34 minutes off my half marathon time in 7 months. I’m honored to join the #FullSendTriathlon Team and am looking forward to Sending it with the team throughout 2019!
Outside of triathlon, I work as process development engineer for Boston Scientific. I enjoy spending my free time cooking, traveling, and speed building LEGO sets.