Triathlon will not make you pretty. Triathlon will give you scars from bike wrecks, bruises from running, and tattoos that no one understands. Fried hair from chlorine, more freckles than anyone deserves from hours on the trail, deep tan lines that never quite fade, and you don’t even want to know what it does to toenails. You may absolutely kill those skinny jeans now (two sizes larger, thanks to your new hamstrings and glutes), but getting them on is harder than the last two days training combined and your arms are so tired. The longer the distance, the more muscle you need, and when did my midsection get that wide? Your arms get big, your butt even so much bigger. You stop wearing heels because, hell, I don’t need those to stomp on the world, I can do that barefoot. You gain 15 pounds, cut 18 inches off your hair, and forget what nail polish even is because you never have all 10 toenails at once. You will be dirty, sweaty, sunburned, and frequently have the hairstyle “I swam then put on a bike helmet”. Triathlon is not a pretty sport, not the training or the competition, and it forces you to let go of that supposed measure of your worth. No amount of masks or facades or meeting societal expectations will bring you to the finish, only your true self will take you there. So you terrorize your hair and your skin, you live in gym clothes, get another tattoo no one understands, and show up to work with goggle face. You move further and further away from cultural definitions of "Woman" and "Pretty”. Then one day it dawns on you as you’re training for your second Ironman race… You don’t care. In the countless hours you’ve spent alone with yourself out on the trail you have learned who you are, intimately and with brutal honesty. You know your worth as a fellow human. What you look like is so far down on the list of things that actually do really matter that you barely even remember it. Triathlon has not made me pretty. What it has made me is fierce, brave, strong, genuine, healthy, empathetic, lovely, true, focused, passionate, driven, willing, happy, assured, radiant, independent, and honest. I wrote this two years ago and still feel it every day #tbt
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I Tri because she loved this dream of mine into existence. Years ago, my Mom encouraged, believed, and loved me to the finish of my first triathlon, something that changed my whole life. This year, I was given the overwhelming honor of sharing her journey to her first Half Ironman. Three weeks ago, we toed the line together in Augusta, and we found a finish line again. I will never have words to describe this moment, this picture will have to suffice. This is the heart of Tri. This is the meaning of this sport. This is Why We Tri. #inspiration #ironman #im703augusta #whywetri #strong #womenwithmuscles #myheart #StrongerThanHAE #bebrave #triathlon #trilife #triathlete #girlswholift #fit#fitnessvation #strongwomen #mom #daughter #fitness #swim #bike #run #zoot #colors #love #AsthmaticTriathlete @whywetri @ironmantri @zootsports @top_triathletes @triathlonloversmagazine
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If anybody wants to track me tomorrow, here you go 😊 So excited to race this beautiful course!! #triathlon #im703augusta #sohappy #bebrave #triathlete #ironman #Str#StronganHAE #womenwithmuscles #bringiton #AsthmaticTriathlete #Strong
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It's this storm, not me, that's bound to blow away. Today's brick sucked in every way possible. But I kept going, I put in my miles, and tomorrow I will try again. I am stronger than this storm. #inspiration #im703augusta #StrongerThanHAE #IMTraining #AsthmaticTriathlete #colorado #lifeontheplains #storm #denverlife #strongwomen #triathlon #training #thickthighs #girlswholift #fitness #try #instafit #neverstop #shorthair #noexcuses #instamood #HereditaryAngioedema @zootsports
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When I look in the mirror, I see Ironman. . What started as a simple organization tool suddenly took on a whole new meaning today. I use my bedroom mirror to write out my week's training schedule, honestly just because I don't own a whiteboard or the like. It's convenient and erasable and keeps me on track. But today as I was writing out my week I realized... though I look in that mirror frequently, I don't look at myself there (except to randomly see that my hair is sticking out everywhere). Mirrors have become places to examine flaws, windows through which we see others and compare ourselves to them. It dawned on me today that this had inadvertently become the most positive mirror in the world. I look in it and see a reminder of strength and determination and a refusal to go down. I remember that triathlon will not make you pretty, and that I stopped caring about that a long time ago. I see the gift that is triathlon, that takes away what you look like and shows you instead what you *are* #WhyWeTri #triathlon #training #girlswholift #str#strongn #refusetoquit #Thi#ThisIsIronman #im703augusta #imtraining #strong #StrongerThanHAE #bebrave #thickthighs #determination #inspiration #triathlete #ironman #bodypositive #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitstagram #denver #colorado #ThisIsIronman #AsthmaticTriathlete
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My disease is not my definition! Just because something is harder for me does not mean I can't do it, I am the only one who can limit me. 9 weeks out from #im703augusta, focused and working hard! #WhyWeTri #StrongerThanHAE #run #triathlete #training #AsthmaticTriathlete #denver #colorado #womenfortri #str#strongn #thunderthighs #girlswholift #lgbt #lamarathon2017 #300daysofsunshine #usat #trilife #imtraining #shorthair #rainbow #happy #bebrave #running #newbalance #refusetoquit #strong #triathlon #ThisIsIronman #HereditaryAngioedema
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Do it anyway. . . . "I'm so tired...". Do it anyway. "It hurts". Do it anyway. "It's a million degrees and the sun is trying to kill me". Do it anyway. "I don't want to". Do it anyway. Get up. Keep moving. And do it anyway. #StrongerThanHAE #AsthmaticTriathlete #triathlon #training #run #newbalance #denverlife #300daysofsunshine #color #summer #sohot #strongwomen #girlswholift #thunderthighs #BringItOn #im703augusta #triathlete #determination #inspiration #IRONMANtraining #HereditaryAngioedema
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For the last year I have been working every day to build muscle, strength, and endurance back up after fracturing my femur. I took most of last season off from racing. It has been painstakingly, maddeningly slow work, the steps infuriatingly tiny. But it has still added up, and yesterday that work paid off! Smashed my run split at Boulder Sunrise!! Hey, Augusta, I'm coming for you #triathlon #inspiration #thathamstringtho #thickthighs #powerful #womenwholift #run #triathlete #SwimBikeRun #newbalance #denverlife #BoulderSunrise #StrongerThanHAE #AsthmaticTriathlete #strong #BeBrave #workhard #happy #colors #augusta703
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Race man is set, and I'm ready to kick off the season at Boulder Sunrise tomorrow morning! #Swi#SwimBikeRun #BoulderSunrise #Triathlon #SoHappy #BringItOn #Swim #Bike #Run #Strong #colorado #roka #newbalance #triathlete #strongwomen #StrongerThanHAE #AsthmaticTriathlete
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Today was one of those "Would rather die than do my run" days. Tired, wheezing, and did NOT want to slog through the melting snow. Now I'm so happy I got out there. It wasn't fast, but god was it good! #colorado #wind #triathlon #training #run #asics #sun #Snow #Triathlete #beautiful #spring #denverlife #purplehair #augusta703 #girlswholift #StrongerThanHAE #AsthmaticTriathlete #strongwomen
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