Birthday: November 4, 1988
Home: Santa Barbara, California
From: Vero Beach, Florida
As a young kid, I dabbled in sports like soccer and baseball, but never really fell in love with any of them. I found a spark in late middle school when I got my first pair of running shoes. I started to run a few times a week to try and get my mile time down.
In 2007, I was watching the IRONMAN World Championships on TV with my family when I decided I wanted to become an IRONMAN. I gave it a shot and to my surprise, I was hooked. I stuck with triathlon for the next 10 years of my life, eventually becoming an IRONMAN in 2010. I competed not only in Nationals, but World Championships twice! I started to think about becoming a professional triathlete. However, the rigorous training took a toll on me mentally. I was so addicted to triathlon, that I neglected the important things in life. It was time for a break.
In my time away from competition, I was looking for a different athletic outlet. I found mountain biking to be a nice change compared to the monotony of road racing. Slowly, I started to feel the joy of endurance sports again. After nearly 2 years off, I had that fire to compete again, but off road this time. My time on the trails taught me a lot about myself and also pushed me in such a different way. The journey to XTERRA had begun.
My dreams of one day becoming a professional triathlete live on. I purposefully remain mindful of what I do. My life is back in balance and I am able to continue to make progress toward my goals. I seek to inspire others to live through their passions as we all deserve the ultimate reward, which is inner happiness.