"Don't close off the possibility of a new truth because you have been comfortable with an old one. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
-Neale Donald Walsch
I love this quote. It perfectly captures my feelings and outlook on life in general. When I feel like I am slipping into the status-quo, I know there is always something more amazing on the horizon if I can put trust in the process.
In real life, I work in healthcare. In sport life, I like bikes (I mean, really like bikes), and race triathlon to keep things fresh and interesting. I train with Central Virginia Endurance in Richmond, VA, and for 2016 will be racing with Team GQ-6 Powered by Wattie Ink.
Quick overview how I've arrived to where I find myself today. I rode and competed horses all through middle and high school. I went off to college in 2004 and realized I couldn't take the horses with me. I needed something else to fill my time, and started mountain biking on a borrowed rig. A friend challenged me to start running so we could do a race in 2005, and thus began my running career. I eventually secured my own mountain bike, then a road bike, then decided I wanted to try a triathlon. I continued to grow from there, trying as many new things as I could: mountain bike races, one season of cross country, collegiate road cycling, trail running, and off-road triathlon.
Late in 2007, my very close friend, Eleanor, passed away in a riding accident. She was the most dedicated and determined person I have ever known, so focused and unrelenting in chasing her dreams. She started competing at the highest level in her sport of three-day eventing at only 17 years old. A shot at representing her country in the Olympics was so close on her horizon. She was a bright, beautiful soul who was taken from us so unexpectedly. Life is so precious.
Very insignificant in light of all that had been turned upside down from Eleanor's passing, but I signed up for my first marathon in 2008 as a way to honor her spirit and drive. I definitely had her with me that day, and continue to carry her spirit with me in all that I do. Living life to the fullest, always in pursuit of something new.