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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We are happy. We are exhausted. We are HUNGRY. We are celebrating. I cannot tell you how proud I am of my mom absolutely crushing her first 70.3 #womenwithmuscles #triathlon #family #womenfortri #triathlete #whywetri #love #str#strongwomen #bebrave #StrongerThanHAE #im703augusta #strong #inspiration #shesmyhero #mom #swimbikerun #myheart
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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#StrongerThanHAE #womenwithmuscles #bringiton #AsthmaticTriathlete #Strong
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I don't think I will ever find the words to describe how humbled, grateful, and happy I am to be here, getting ready to race alongside my Mom on Sunday. #triathlete #family #trilife #trifamily #bebrave #mom #myhero #im703augusta #IMTraining #womenfortri #whywetri #inspiration #womenwithmuscles #strong #ironman #StrongerThanHAE #instafit #triathlon #shorthair #love
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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#strongwomen #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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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" Hot morning run and some introspection, done. #run #triathlon #training #denverlife #summer #sun #colors #triathlete #lgbt #bebrave #nevergiveup #hap#happy4th #happypride #happy #colorado #augusta703 #StrongerThanHAE #strongwomen #girlswholift
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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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Embrace the heat, the gross swim water, the wind, that shoe that is somehow never tight OR loose enough, the dirt, the thirst, that stupid hill that makes you cry every time, the blisters, the pain, the loss of toenails. Embrace it and never, ever, stop, because you are stronger than all of it combined. #Triathlete #StrongerThanHAE #StrongWomen #Bike #Run #Brick #WhyWeTri #womenfortri #sun#sununday #Colors #Triathlon #Training #imaugusta703 #girlswholift #ThisIsMyChurch #sun #colorado #300daysofsunshine #inspiration
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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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Ready to run!! Can't believe I'm about to attempt a marathon... after so many years of being told "Your lungs are too small, too weak." "You'll never be able to build enough muscle." "Just sit down, Rachel, take it easy." I've learned to never let anyone tell me that I can't. My answer today is this: Watch me try!! #lamarathon #myLAmoment #marathon #running #triathlete #nevergiveup #StrongerThanHAE #strongwomen #womenwholift #inspiration #womensupportingwomen #whywetri #triathlon
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When I was 17, covered by my parents insurance, I developed 3 inguinal hernias (Yes, 3 at once. Yes, all on the same side.) and needed surgery to repair them. The insurance provider denied the initial claim, stating it was a pre-existing condition, and the surgery was delayed over a month while we jumped through their hoops until they finally approved the claim. During surgery, the doctor discovered one of the hernias was cutting off blood flow to my right ovary. One of my organs had been slowly dying as we waited for insurance approval. He was able to repair enough of the damage and re-open enough of the blood vessels that I did not have to have my ovary removed, but to this day I still have residual pain from it, and a diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome in my medical history. It makes me "uninsurable". I was born with Hereditary Angioedema, a genetic disorder, that causes chronic inflammation, malabsorption, and life threatening mass swelling episodes. I have to take several medications for it daily. I have to carry an EpiPen. It makes me "uninsurable". I have asthma. I have to use two inhalers every day. They are costly. It makes me "uninsurable". I have insurance because of the ACA. My insurance provider cannot deny legitimate claims because of the ACA. I can afford the medical care I need because of the ACA. I can get my medication because of the ACA. If it is repealed, insurance providers will once again be allowed to prey on people like me. I will become "uninsurable" once again. I am the 27 Percent. #iamthe27percent #StrongerThanHAE #SaveTheACA #ThanksObama #nevertrump #inspiration #triathlete #love #strongwomen #handsoffmyhealthcare #nastywoman #denver #colorado
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People ask why I give so much time to training. This. This right here is why. No matter what else happens for the rest of the day, I get this in the morning. Just me and my heart on the trail. How could I not? #triathlon #training #strongerthanHAE #iamironman #running #asics #inspiration #nomorefractures #strongwomen #whywetri #womenfortri #colorado #denverlife #triathlete #thisismyhappyplace
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Try again. Every day, try again. No matter how slow or weak or pathetic your attempts may feel, try again. One day you will look up and realize you can barely see the place where you started, you've come so far. #str#strongerthanHAE #inspiration #bloodsweatandtears #swimbikerun #triathlete #strongwomen #stepfollowsstep #denverlife #purplemountainmajesty #run #asics #iamironman #strong #triathlon #sunset #summer #colorado #colors
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Running man is set! I am thrilled to say I will be racing in my mom's jersey. Whatever happens tomorrow, I am so blessed to be here doing what I love. Thank you to the countless people in my life who support this journey and love this dream of mine. #im703puertorico #raceinparadise #love #triathlon #swimbikerun #determination #strongerthanHAE #strongwomen #seeyouontheotherside
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I was so worried about swimming in salt water. Now, I think I'm never going to swim in a lake again! #im703puertorico #triathlete #swimbikerun #strong #thisisironman #love #strongwomen #ink #coeur #beach #beautiful #soexcited #strongerthanHAE
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It took me 16 months of intense work (so many push-ups, so many squats, so much food...), but I have finally reached my goal weight! I gained 18 pounds (and went up two pants sizes), now I'm crushing my previous fastest times thanks to all of that new muscle. Bring on Puerto Rico!! 5 weeks! #sograteful #strongerthanHAE #triathlete #thisisironman #swimbikerun #lift #inspiration #seventypointthree #showmeyourmdot #strongwomen #healthy #myhamstringstho #alsomyglutes #forseriously #love #nevergiveup
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I Tri because my mom showed me the way. I Tri because of her faith in me, because she loved this dream of mine into existence. I Tri because she flew out to Denver to do my first little Sprint with me three years ago, she believed I could finish it. I Tri because she taught me I am the only person who can limit me. Now, 6 weeks out from another 70.3, I Tri to show those things to others. #triathlon #training #love #str#strongn #swimbikerun #thisisironman #latergram #precious #whywetri #strongertogether #triathlete #seventypointthree #denver #strong #nomorefractures #bringonpuertorico #strongerthanHAE #refusetoquit #inspiration #mom #shesabeast @whywetri @top_triathletes @thetrilife
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Rehabbing a cracked femur sucks. Doing it with soaking wet, frozen shoes cause you landed hard in a slush puddle sucks even more. This is Ironman. #triathlon #training #running #swimbikerun #asicsnoosa #bringonpuertorico #nomorefractures #triathleteproblems #ironman #seventypointthree #strongerthanHAE #ow #denver #snow #strongwomen #lifeontheplains #stepfollowsstep #whywetri
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This is the tag off of the medal from my very first triathlon. I keep it hanging from the mirror in my car, where I can't avoid seeing it, to remind how far I have come. Some days aren't easy, but I see that tag and remember why I do this and it pushes me forward. #forevergrateful #triathlon #swim #bike #run #nomorefractures #bringonpuertorico #thisisironman #strong #seventypointthree #denver #strongerthanHAE #inspiration #whywetri #toptriathletes
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The other side of IronMan. After the rush of the finish, after the medal and the pictures and the victory. Throwing up in a trash can and then collapsing to sit in the dirty floor, trying to stop crying as coach says "You did this. You finished." The moment it hits you that you've done what so many said you couldn't and your world shifts a little. Not so glamorous, but maybe the best part of it all #triathlon #showmeyourmdot #latergram #thisisironman #swim #bike #run #strong #ironman #inspiration #triathlete #strongwomen #love #couldntdoitwithouthim #strongerthanHAE #bringonpuertorico @triatlonofficial @top_triathletes @thetrilife
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This week, I remember how much I love to run. Training can become a chore, and between illness, injury, and post-race blues the last 6 weeks I have had to force myself through workouts. And what is the point in that? So this week I turned off my feedback, I stopped focusing on times, and I just *ran*. And it is glorious. Thank you, coach. #run #triathlon #training #inspiration #denver #myheart #fall #strongwomen #ihavethebestcoach #thisisironman #strongerthanHAE
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Today's slow, trying-to-get-over-bronchitis, painful 5 mile run is complete thanks to these words. Never stops being true #inspiration #triathlon #training #run #asicsnoosa #denver #colorado #ithinkican #strongerthanHAE #triathleteproblems #cantstopwontstop #thisisironman #tattoo #setyourheartonvictory
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Running man is set and packed, now time for sleep. So excited to race Sunset tomorrow! #triathlon #swim #bike #run #roka #kompete #thisismyhappyplace #triathleteproblems #strongerthanHAE
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You must respect the training, every day respect the training, it isn't optional. But then some days you adore the training, you lose yourself to it, your feet on the ground and the sun and the wind and the speed, and those days... Those days you cherish the training. Today was one of those days #whyitri #triathlon #training #run #strong #nosleep #noskips #strongerthanHAE #love #denver #cherrycreektrail #thisisironman #top_triathletes
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It's not always easy, a lot of the time it's painful, but I am eternally grateful for this part of my journey, for the doctors and therapists who commit their lives to helping mine and the lives of people like me. #thankful #overwhelming #denver #thisisironman #strongerthanHAE #wouldntbeherewithoutthem #myheart #theysavedmylife
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Running man is ready to go, now let's do this! So many emotions about this one ❤️ #triathlon #swimbikerun #sprint #strongwomen #raceday #strongerthanHAE #bringiton
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"May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground" Tomorrow evening I'm going back to the race that started it all (the finish line picture on the left). That race is still the hardest thing I've ever done, I had almost no respiratory capacity, didn't weigh close to enough, and I did the entire swim in a dead panic. But as I crossed that finish I knew, with more certainty than there are words for, that triathlon was the life I wanted. Two years later, countless hours training, stronger lungs, a lot more muscle, an Olympic and 70.3 done, I'm going back home to the Sprint where it all started. #triathlon #ironman #inspiration #lovinglife #swimbikerun #strongwomen #thisisironman #training #strongerthanHAE #love #hope #beautifulmoment #denver #tbt
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Oh that brick hurt... Hills and heat and wind and I just can't stop smiling. First Tri of the season in just under three weeks. Bring it on!! #triathlon #training #bike #run #thisismyhappyplace #triathleteproblems #dreamer #strongerthanHAE #freckleseason #summer
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Thanks for telling me to go for it, Coach! I had the best time today #run#runax #halfmarathon #inspiration #run #strongerthanHAE #happy #love #wouldntbeherewithouthim #ucan
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Finished it out better than I thought I would! Half Marathon at 8 weeks post-op and I had so much fun. Beautiful day with a strong finish! #run#runax #halfmarathon #happy #strong #medal #thisismyhappyplace #end7 #sevenly #run #ucan #love #strongerthanHAE #colfaxmarathon #denver
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"There was a dream, and one day I could see it" At the finish of Ironman Austin with coach. Thank you for seeing my dreams too, @rkalasky and never saying "you can't" but showing me how I can! #inspiration #triathlon #ironman #love #couldntdoitwithouthim #myheart #swimbikerun #mdot #ironman703 #str#strongerthanHAE #tbt #strong
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Speech Pathologist says my vocal cords were torn during post-op emergency intubation and just going take time to heal. I say Fat Sully's mushroom and garlic is the fastest route to healing. #foodstagram #yum #comfortfood #pizzatime #drowningmysorrows #bringiton #strongerthanHAE #thisisironman
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