Birthplace: Appleton, WI
Currently Resides: Madison, WI
Date of Birth: 8/29/1987
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Degree in: Marketing
Coach: Steve Brandes (Madison Multisport)
First Triathlon: 2008 – Capitol View
Favorite Workout: My favorite workout would have be the Macca Stacker on the bike (10 minutes hard, 1 minute recovery, 9 minutes hard, 2 minutes recovery, 8 minutes hard, 3 minutes recovery, 7 minutes hard, 4 minutes recovery, 6 minutes hard)
How did you get started in triathlon?
I grew up playing soccer my whole life. When I started college, I missed the competitive environment of soccer so I needed something to fill the hole. One morning, I awoke to the sound of cowbells and cheering. As I wandered outside, I came to find out that IRONMAN Wisconsin was going on. I had heard of IRONMAN, but didn’t know much about it. Seeing all those people out there, pushing themselves beyond their limits truly inspired me. The next semester I signed up for a Triathlon Training class through the University. It was a 2-credit class, two days a week. At the end of the semester we did a class triathlon (olympic distance). Soon after I signed up for my first triathlon, I was hooked from there. After cheering at IRONMAN Wisconsin that year, I knew I had to sign up. The day after the race I waited in line to sign up. I may have been in over my head, but that’s okay! 5 years later, I have just completed my first race at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI. A race I’ll never forget.
What has been your favorite race to compete in?
I have a few favorite races over the years. The obvious choice is the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. That was the most physically challenging race I’ve done in one of the most beautiful places. IRONMAN Wisconsin also has a special place in my heart, being my hometown.