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|At the Big Sky 10k
What do you do when you are no longer what you have identified yourself as for so many years? I began running in 1993 at the age of 5 and was competing seriously in events like the 800 and 1500 since I was about 8. I found immediate success in the sport, running a 5:00 1500 when I was 9. I continued to run well until high school, with a 9:37 3200m PR as a freshman. Improvements began to slow down, but I was always going in the right direction. Like many Division I athletes, I contemplated continuing to pursue my passion post-collegiately and chasing dreams of grandeur. But the truth is that there is a glass ceiling above everyone's head, and I think I had almost reached mine. After finishing that 10,000m race I was satisfied walking off the track knowing that I had done everything I could to be the very best runner I could be, and to move on.
It hasn't been easy. I have had my fair share of fish-out-of-water experiences over the last nine months (although horse-drowning-in-water paints a more accurate picture) as I learn this new sport. In my pro debut I nearly forgot to put on my helmet in the frenzy that is ITU transitions, costing me a 15" penalty! Rookie mistake. But with the help of USAT and my coach Ian Murray, I am now looking forward to my first full season as a professional triathlete, which is sure to have many ups and downs that I look forward to sharing with you on this blog.