I have always had a passion for travel and adventure, and have had the good fortune to be able to visit exotic and interesting destinations. I ran with the bulls in Spain, hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu, and have been on an African safari. While I love traveling for my own enjoyment, or seeing places through my children’s eyes, I also want to help others. Therefore, I am involved in charities where I do not only give monetary support, but give of myself. Some of the most rewarding trips were those where I was able to combine my love of travel with helping those living in impoverished countries. I have built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua and Cambodia. It was very humbling to see the smiling faces on the families who were going to have a clean, safe home to live in. I have been to Ethiopia to dig wells with Charity Water. As the children cheered and laughed at the sight of fresh clean water, I had to thank my lucky stars that my children are so blessed.
I have always been athletic and competitive in nature. I committed myself to fitness about three years ago. Subsequently, I lost 40 pounds and I am a pescatarian. My first race was a Tough Mudder in 2012. I then
signed up for another Tough Mudder and three Spartans. In late March of 2013 I read "Finding Ultra" and "Born to Run", and quickly signed up for two Half Ironman. I participated in my first full Ironman to raise funds for Zero Cancer. More important than the race is the journey getting there. I am riding in the 2014 Race Across America (RAAM), a cross-country bicycle race, in June. RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. During the 3,000 mile race we will ride 24/7, coast-to-coast, over the Rockies and Appalachians, and through rain, wind, heat and possibly snow at elevations from sea level to over 10,000 feet. I am part of Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, riding not just to accomplish an incredibly challenging physical feat, but to support wounded US troops. Our 8-man Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes hopes to complete the race in just 6 days! My teammates and I are dedicating our race to support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering the terrible effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). No matter how difficult and challenging this race will be, our wounded heroes in uniform have gone through much, much worse. This time my passion for travel, adventure and competition will be combined to support our greatest heroes – our troops – we can never thank them enough for their service to our country.
Posted on 04/21/2014 at 11:52:00 AM