|1998 - Me & Dad at my Graduation Dinner|
After several attempts at community college trying out different degrees I finally earned my bachelor's at the University of Illinois Chicago in Electrical Engineering in 1998. I am pretty sure if my Dad didn't tell me I couldn't do it because it was too hard I would not be an EE today. That's pretty much how I roll....I tell you I want to try something, then you tell me I can't, then I say 'challenge accepted'.
I have never been a stellar athlete. My athletic career involved a pity pick from the coach to be on the 7th grade basketball team where I scored a whopping season total of 2 points! Actually, if you knew the amount of time I was actually on the court (maybe 10 minutes all season) the court time to points scored ratio probably wasn't that bad. I also did track & cross country in 8th grade where I had limited success. We moved to Naperville my freshman year of high school where I did join the cross country team the first year then promptly found the mall & boys to be much more interesting than team sports.
I got my first bike when I was in kindergarten. I remember it was blue with a banana seat. This picture is what I have in my memory. I have asked Mom if she can dig up any pictures of the bike to see if I remembered it correctly.
|1978 - Shelter Island, NY|
|1983 - South Bend Halloween 5K|
I lost my Dad to multiple myeloma in 2006. In 2009 I received the Team in Training flyer & knew immediately that I was going to join & train for a triathlon. Never mind that I didn't know how to swim or that I didn't bike or run! It was how I was going to put all those choked up feelings into something meaningful. In a mere 14 weeks I went from swimming 3 strokes to swimming 800m without stopping. I went from 0 miles on the bike to riding 18+ miles. I went from 0 running miles to 4 walk/run miles. OK, so I didn't quite get the running down in 14 weeks but on September 13, 2009 I became a triathlete & have been hooked ever since!
I am a mid to back of the packer & quite frankly I love it! I challenge myself do things I never thought I could ever do. Through this blog I will share my stories of training, racing & general endurance related items. Along the way I hope to motivate & inspire someone to go beyond there wildest dreams.
To quote Stephanie E, 'who knew being in the back of the pack could be so addicting!'