Tell us a little bit about you:
Sports have always been a part of my life. I was the captain of the soccer and track & field teams throughout high school and the captain of the UCSB rowing team in college. After graduating from college I switched gears and applied my athletic discipline toward training for a marathon. I ran the Long Beach marathon in 2007 and qualified to run the Boston marathon in 2008. While marathons were challenging and left me feeling a sense of accomplishment, I felt compelled to test my skills in swimming and biking as well. I have been racing triathlons ever since. I am a distance athlete so my next feat will likely be the half iron man and eventually the ironman!
My hobbies include wine tasting, experimenting in the kitchen (warning!), traveling, teaching kids ministry, and running a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Santa Barbara Rowing Foundation.
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara 2 years ago with a B.S. in Business Economics. Since then I have worked at PriceGrabber.com, an online comparison shopping engine, as a Market Research Analyst. I start my work days off with a workout and refresh my focus after another workout at lunch (time permitting). I am looking forward to maintaining a similar life balanced when I start my MBA program.
When did you complete your first triathlon (and if you’ve completed more than one, how many)?
I completed my first triathlon the summer of 2008; first the Carlsbad Sprint Triathlon and shortly after the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Olympic Triathlon. The Santa Barbara Long-Course Triathlon will be my 3rd triathlon and certainly not my last…
What inspires you to train/compete?
I am inspired by the accomplishments of others more than I am inspired by my own accomplishments. As a collegiate rower in a boat of 8 other rowers (similar to an employee in a company or a member in a family), I quickly learned that our team was only as strong as our weakest link. With this realization, I was instantly inspired by the accomplishments of others and ultimately inspired by the camaraderie of a team. Therefore, after college, I helped found the Santa Barbara Rowing Foundation to support the UCSB program and other rowing programs in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that others would have the same opportunity to experience unprecedented camaraderie and self-discipline.
What is your favorite thing about the sport?
My favorite part about triathlons is the transition. The transition from swimming to biking is exhilarating and the transition from biking to running is mentally and physically challenging.
What’s your least favorite thing?
My least favorite part about the race is swimming back to shore. In my experience, there have been huge waves that break on you when you least expect it. Watch out for those!
What is the best advice you ever received regarding the sport of triathlon?
‘Controlled aggression’ – Mike Homes, UCSB rowing coach.
I repeat this expression in my head while running, rowing, biking or swimming to channel my efforts and focus on my form. I am a very competitive person; it took me years of discipline to train certain muscles to stay relaxed, while exerting the proper muscles for optimal exertion. My coach always use to say: “Relax your shoulders, keep your head up, and move from your core.”
Share your top three (or one, or ten) training tips:
- Continually Improve – Stay mentally aware of your form and improve on it every chance you get
- Controlled Breathing – Find your rhythm and control your breathing, don’t let your breathing control you
- Pace Yourself – Stay comfortable at the beginning and then increase your speed continuously until you’re sprinting to that finish line!
- Your body is a Temple – The more time and energy you put into restoring it, the more you will get out of it.
How do you stay motivated?
My inner drive (a.k.a. stubbornness) keeps me motivated, but when the going get really tough I think about my friends or family at the “finish line”.
How has training for or participating in triathlon(s) affected other areas of your life?
A regular schedule of training brings balance to your life, clarity to your decisions and confidence in yourself! When your endorphins are flowing no problem seems as challenging…
Any words of encouragement for novice or aspiring triathletes?
My words of encouragement to all of the novice triathletes: Don’t give in to your mental limits. Nothing worthwhile is easy!
My advice to a novice triathlete:
- find a training partner who can keep you accountable and push you beyond your limits.
- Create an achievable, detailed training schedule
- Be satisfied with EVERY improvement you make and EVERY workout you complete.
Do you have a post-triathlon indulgence?
Dry clothes and a wheat beer.