Tell us about yourself. I am 49 years young. I teach Physical Education at Wellwood Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. I am originally from Liverpool and now live in Cicero.
How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? I have been involved in the Iron Girl for five years and have also done the Gillie Girl. I had done a tri at SUNY Cortland (years ago) and it was something I always wanted to get back into. I was encouraged by Jill Poniros to try it and to join this great club.
Who is your hero? I don’t have one specific hero, but my husband and two sons are my heroes. They have always encouraged me to keep going for my goals and they are my biggest fans. They are at all of my races.
What is your athletic background? I have always been involved in organized sports since I was a little kid. Softball, track, soccer . . but most of all, the sport of rowing has been my lifelong passion. I rowed as a little kid with the Chargers Rowing Club and eventually grew up on the Liverpool High School Crew Team. I stopped growing in eighth grade, so my “rowing” was switched to being a coxswain for the team. To this day, I am involved with the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club.
What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? Weakness is definitely the swim. I love the bike and run, love the freedom they give me.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was at SUNY Cortland. I loved it because the swimming was done in the pool!! After about 25 years, I decided to “tri” the Iron Girl. I remember how I felt as I saw the finish line and thinking to myself how glad I was still able to move and do something so physically challenging. BIG smile at the finish line!
What is your favorite race and why? I love the Iron Girl and Gillie Girl–those are the only ones I have tried so far. I love the feeling of watching athletes of so many different levels of ability push their bodies and minds past what they think they can do.
What was your worst race and why? I don’t have a worst race.
What races are on your race calendar for 2015? This year is just Iron Girl.
What are this year’s goals? My goal this year is to strengthen my swim and possibly participate in the Cazenovia Triathlon next year.
In five years you hope to … I hope to be still able to move like I do. I also hope to be motivating people to continue to use their bodies and minds to make the best of what each can do.
Something most people don’t know about you. I am a Mickey Mouse fanatic! Love the Mouse. I want to be him at Disney World just once.
What triathlon has taught you: I have learned that the challenge is SO worth it.