WALLFLOWER TO IRONMAN
Surprising things happen when you have the right support.
I am an unexpected athlete.
I never saw my life going this way, yet here I am.
I didn't get here on my own.
As a two-time Wisconsin Ironman, finisher of over a dozen marathons,
and many other running races and biking events.
I have years of trial and error in training, nutrition, and balancing stress and rest.
I’ve learned to love exercise and have been running and/or biking
nearly every day for 20 years.
I was inspired.
It's crazy to me when I think back to how I was the girl who walked the timed mile in gym class because I hated to sweat.I learned to swim when I was 40.
I never imagined that I’d be able to call myself an athlete today.
I was encouraged.
As a wife, a mother of three, and a former foster parent,
I have learned to manage expectations and emotions coming from all directions.
From having six kids under the age of 9 in the house to now raising three teenagers,
I'm happy to say I have learned how to (usually) go to bed at night
believing I did the very best I could.
I was supported.
Cooking for children and my ultrarunner husband has taught me
to experiment with our diet to find what works best in different seasons,
points in the training cycle, and accommodates chaotic schedules.
I was celebrated in tiny ways.
I’ve learned how to jump-start my creativity, help my husband get to racing weight,
and teach my children to see the value in trying new things.
I never thought I'd be so intrigued by different strategies for nutrition and the way these affect our energy levels and mood, yet here I am.
I was intrigued.
A lifelong Christian, I am keenly aware of my need for spiritual growth and guidance.
(Spirituality? YES! I believe people are most successful when they
bring their whole selves to the table. Connection to God
and awareness of spiritual gifts are critical to living a full life.)
I was welcomed.
Maybe you've got a lot on your plate.
Maybe you're longing to finally make some changes in the way you live.
Maybe you need someone in your corner, guiding and supporting as you do hard things.
Let's see if I can be that person for you.