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I made the team!




Last season I signed up with QT2 Systems for individualized programming and coaching as a ‘Mission Athlete’.  I was assigned to coach, Tim Snow, and I loved my training plans for 2013.  Having never had a coach before, I  was excited about that the season would bring!  In the past, figuring out all of the swimming, biking and running on my own, what days to do each workouts, when to do ‘brick’ workouts, when to actually rest…it was hard to know if I was doing the ‘right’ thing.  This is where a coach makes a big difference. They help you train smart and also tell you when to ‘take it easy’ … something I have a very difficult time doing. 


Coming out of the water at Tri Fest Half Ironman 2013

Coming out of the water at Tri Fest Half Ironman 

I signed on with QT2 when I knew an Ironman was on my radar for 2014, not wanting to go with just any random training program.  I had one Half Ironman under my belt, which to be honest, I was kind of ‘winging’ the training (and probably over-training).  I was doing really well in races, but knew I wanted to take it to the next level.  Since competing in Triathlons since 2010, each year I have seen PR’s from previous years, but nothing like the changes in 2013. Due to my success in 2013, I thought it would be a great idea to apply for the Age Group Elite Team through QT2 Systems.  I knew I had met the qualifying standards and that I would be a strong addition to the team.



I was thrilled in excitement when I realized I made the Age Group Elite Team with QT2. Not only will I be sporting the new QT2 uniform in the 2014 Season, but the Team has some big-time amazing sponsors, including Rudy Project, Pearl Izumi and Quintana Roo. I have always seen QT2 athletes in my Triathlons, kicking some serious butt… now I am honored to be wearing the uniform and representing Team QT2! Here’s to taking things to the next level, starting with the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014!


Looking forward to representing QT2 on the podium this year.

Looking forward to representing QT2 on the podium this year.



It’s my Lifestyle, not a Resolution.


Being healthy is not just a part of who I am, it defines me.  For as long as I can remember, I have understood what it is like to lead a healthy lifestyle.  I have never had a ‘resolution’ to be healthy and ‘stay in shape’ because it’s a part of me.  Love me or hate me for it, but I’ve never ‘fallen off the wagon’ or lost motivation.  I am inherently very self motivated, never lazy, and being healthy and in shape (as an athlete) has and always will be my lifestyle.  I strongly believe that if you make eating healthy and exercising part of your life, and not something that is considered a chore, it will become part of you too.  As I turn my calendar to a new year and think about what an exciting year 2013 was, I am excited to set new goals for myself!


I plan to do big things in 2014… more on that later…

What are your goals for the new year?  Doesn’t the word ‘goal’ sound a lot better than ‘resolution’? I think so 🙂






the beginning.

Well, here I am.  This is the beginning of my blogging journey.  I have been wanting to do this for a long time… you might just say it’s been on my bucket list. I finally stirred up the *courage* to start typing away and start this new adventure.  I like to do a lot of cool things, and I thought it was about time to share these things with the rest of the world. I’m one of those people that likes to maximize every single day… living life to it’s fullest. I take my workouts and my training seriously… I love to cook (and eat) healthy, organic, and non- processed foods.  While I am a triathlete, I started my athletic career as a runner, and I’ve been running since age 14. This is part of who I am.  Oh and I can run like the wind….

Thanks for stopping by….  I hope to inspire you along the way….

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