|Main Focus||Triathlon and Cycling|
|Bucket List Race||Ironman Kona, and too many bike races to name. I want to race them all !!!|
|Post-Race Drink||Coke or chocolate milk - sugar!!!|
|Off-Day Activity||Movies and fishing|
I started out as a runner while in high school and college and I could only describe myself as a late bloomer with my performances. Each year my running performances became better and better until I developed a chronic insertional achilles tendonitis to both of my feet. This injury led to surgery and far too many post-surgery tendonitis ‘flare ups.’ My desire to train and compete led me into a lot of cross training in the pool and also on the bike. I took an immediate passion to swimming and especially cycling. It wasn’t until a drive home from college indoor track nationals where I finally broke down after another achilles tendon injury. This is where I gave AJ Baucco a phone call on the van ride home and where I got the proper motivation to start racing tri’s.
I’ve been racing triathlon since the summer of 2011 and accepted an elite license in 2015. As of last year I have focused most of my attention to the bike. Within my first year of racing I am already close ‘points wise’ to category 1 status on the road. My passion is climbing and the time trial discipline. I love the training involved and I absolutely love helping others whether it is advice in their own training or offering tips/secrets to faster time trialing.
I am also a full time healthcare professional at a major hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. As a Registered Nurse working 40+ hours a week (sometimes up to 60 hours a week) I understand how to balance work, time with family and friends, and training. Of course you need to work hard to achieve success but I believe consistency is most important. Family and work will come first but there is always a way to get the training in if the athlete is willing.