"Triathlons push the boundaries of the human spirit and allow us to celebrate what we are capable of achieving!"
Why did you agree to become part of Triathlon Inspires?
Because I believe I am alive to inspire others.
How does it feel to be an inspiration to others? Did you ever expect to become an inspiration?
It is an honor. Prior to my trauma, I had overcome brain surgery, and endured a life with Lupus. Exercise, nutrition, and actionable gratitude have always been my therapy. After the trauma happened in 10/11 I learned that I had received 78 units of blood and had been resuscitated multiple times. My body was in a coma for 5.5 weeks, and endured 15 surgeries. Over the last three years post trauma I have now had 22 surgeries in order to get my body back into "working order". My ability to be alive is directly correlated to hundreds of heroes. I never expected for this to happen to my life, and that is why I love speaking to others. It is important to share that life can change in the blink of an eye.
Why are Triathlons so inspiring? What makes this sport so special around the world?
Everyone can be a triathlete. Athletes come in every age, ability, race, and gender. Triathlons push the boundaries of the human spirit and allow us to celebrate what we are capable of achieving!
When did you start participating in triathlons? Where was your first competition?
I began participating the week of our wedding in June 2010. Our first event was on Honeymoon Island in Florida.
What motivates you in life?
The universality of the human spirit. We all bleed red! How cool is that? I am motivated in every breath of life that I can inhale.
What would you say to other people with similar ambitions?
Hello brothers and sisters! How awesome are we?.
Who inspires you? Why?
Blood donors inspire me. Every human being that selflessly rolls up their sleeve does it for no other reason than to give the gift of life to someone else. These people ultimately inspire me.
How did you deal with obstacles in your life?
By finding things to give thanks for. When I am in pain and struggling, I remember that pain means I am alive. Pain means I still have feeling.
What do you like most about Triathlons?
The incredible energy of everyone.
Mention major accomplishments in your life other than triathlons
Surviving a massive trauma where I was run over by a multi ton freight liner and brought back to life. Walking again, running again, biking again, swimming again even though I was critical for so long. Other accomplishments include working my work in the non for profit sector, being a motivator, and running and organic farm :).
What is in the future for you?
More surgeries :) More healing, and hopefully a full Ironman triathlon.
Do you support or represent any Non-Profit Organizations?.
Yes. The American Red Cross www.redcross.org, and Pursuit Athletic Performance.