Why did I join TTG?

I started running in 2011 with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. One of my TNT teammates won an entry into a Ragnar Race and asked if I was interested. Of course I said yes (still working on that elusive “no” word!) and during the race I ended up in a van with two Tucson Tri Girls, Julie Hanson and Holly Reed (now Zetts). They both kept inviting me to TTG stuff and I finally went to a meeting and joined instantly.

What got me started in triathlons?

My first triathlon was the Tri for Kindness in 2012. I figured since I had joined a triathlon club, I might as well try a tri! So I borrowed a bike from a friend and asked another friend to help me out with swimming. I really enjoyed the race and being surrounded by TTGers helped me find out about more small races to sign up for.

What has been my biggest triathlon accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment was completing my first Olympic distance triathlon this year! It was also my first “big” open water swim. I did the Lavaman Triathlon in Waikoloa, Hawaii. I met or exceeded all the goals I set for myself along with surprising myself with how good I am at transition! (It must be all those transition clinics that TTG puts on!!)

What I have gained from the Club?

I have gained so much from TTG over the years. I’ve made some amazing friends. I have gained so much confidence in all three aspects of the sport as well as trying mountain biking and trail running. Being surrounded by so many amazing and inspiring women, you can’t help but to gain some of that yourself. This club truly is a great group of ladies!

What advice can I give to new members?

Volunteer and show up to everything you can. I joke about not being able to say no, but volunteering for things and showing up to events is how I’ve made so many of my friends and how I’ve gained so many of the abilities I now have. I’ve grown both as an athlete and a person by just being there. My first year as president of the club, I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to handle it, but it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Not only did it help me meet new people, but it helped me grow as a person and be more comfortable with so many things in both my personal and professional life. How many other sports related things will give you that?

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