Born and raised as a farm girl in rural Idaho, I spent my early days playing freely in the neighborhoods and fields in and around my hometown of Nezperce. Perhaps this is where I got my swimming start, since its the only thing to do in the summers if you're not old enough to drive grain trucks. I was a late bloomer on the bike, having learned how to ride around 2nd grade with the help of my eldest brother. Oh yeah, it was a pink banana seat!
I remember being constantly active growing up, with dance classes taking up the majority of my time. Being the runt in a grade school class of about 10, I was not exactly the first pick for basketball or kickball on the playground. But I was pretty fast on those little legs. Growing up in a neighborhood full of boys, along with two older (ornery) brothers, I developed a tenacity that few little ballerinas have. Furthermore, my ever-encouraging parents always told me I could do anything I set my mind to... and I usually set the bar pretty high.
It was during my time at the University of Idaho that I was introduced to mountain biking, which led to my first triathlon in 2005: the Lake to Forest Triathlon held near the picturesque town of Sandpoint, ID. It was a sprint distance event, and I really had no idea what I was doing. I also have no idea what my finishing time was. All I know is I was hooked.
Each summer afterward, I'd sign up for a local race and eventually found by way to the half-iron distance. I can still remember my sweaty palms as I signed up for the Boise 70.3 in 2007 and thought "I'm friggin' crazy!" But I trained seriously and I raced with a smile (pretty standard for me, really) and immediately after the race decided I wanted to make a go for the 70.3 World Championships the following year. I ended up qualifying despite a dramatic incident with a flat tire (a story for another time) and this set off a trajectory in the sport that I didn't see coming.
My love for the sport and my drive to see how fast I could get carried me through several more seasons of racing and in 2012 I realized I had qualified for my pro card. Well...I honestly didn't seek this out...but how cool! Matt- my husband and the other half of "Team Green" - was 100% in support of me pursuing this opportunity with one condition: the minute it stops being fun, I'm out.
So here I am, 5 years later, still having fun and navigating this crazy world of racing, eating, laughing and traveling. My friends and family describe me as: "Vivacious." "Prepared." "Sunny." "A go-getter." "Reliable." "Gracious." "Energetic." These attributes are what I strive for, in life and racing. I'm a glass-half-full kind of girl (especially when it comes to wine!) and look forward to the adventures to come.