One step closer!

It was so beautiful to be there, treading water, waiting for our wave to start, surrounded by my idols, those who inspired me to chase my dream. Paralympians like Liz Baker, Aaron Scheidies, Hailey Danza and so many others. This was my second time at the US Paratriathlon National Championships, and it was by far […]

When people tell me that I don’t look blind

The woman sitting diagonally across from me at the table suddenly takes control of the conversation. I swivel my head a few degrees to the left, almost robotically, and nod at each point she makes. It looks like eye contact. My close friend leans into my left ear and whispers, “pre-cracked Lobster at 12 o’clock, […]

My week at the Olympic Training Center

If there is a paradise for sports jocks like myself, the Olympic Training Center of Chula Vista would be close to it. Imagine a 150-acre campus 7 miles south of San Diego, filled with athletes practicing track & field, archery, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, beach volleyball, BMX, rugby etc. It’s so much […]

Charles and Thomas on a tandem

7.3 things I learned from my first 70.3

Yep, that’s right, I completed my first half ironman! If you had told me last year that I would be racing a 70.3 (as they’re commonly referred to in triathlete circles), I would have thrown my arms up and said, “No way, not me. I’m not ready for it!” Funny how things change. Not only […]

I want to be like you when I grow up

Did you know that out of the 2800 journalists that NBC sent to cover the Olympic Games, only 25 remained in Rio to cover the Paralympics? That’s right, only 25! Team USA finished in 4th place behind China, Great Britain and the Ukraine. My dear France finished in 12th place! Congrats to the Ukraine, but […]

Racing with the stars

As Stefan and I racked our bike between Aaron Scheidies and Erich Manser, I thought for a second that I had bit off more than I could chew. To give you a quick idea of who they are, Aaron won the World Championships not just once, but seven times, and Erich broke the world record […]

My share of the humble pie

When I was on this shaky dock, getting ready to dive in the Hudson with Thomas I was very optimistic, maybe even a little cocky. I prepared all winter for this race, I felt much stronger than last year, especially in the water and on the bike. But the New York City Triathlon was about […]

California Dreamin’

What was different? Just a month ago, I was laying on the grass by the finish line, icing my left ankle, disappointed and exhausted. I had just failed to qualify for the Paratriathlon National Championships by only two minutes. I would have to wait another year, I would be ready this time. I was learning, […]

I’ll meet you there

“I’ll meet you there.”  How many times have you said that in your life?  How many times did you really mean it?  How many times did you plan to cancel, but thought you’d make the effort? “I’ll meet you there,” was the last thing I said to Charles before I hung up around 5pm at […]

Revelations from a pink castle

I am laying on my back noticing the rafters of my pink princess castle.  My leg hits Bear Dog’s left hand which triggers him to yell, “Green hand!”  It’s too early, Bear Dog.  Take the morning off.  I wasn’t sure if Fischer Price meant for this thing to look like a bear or a dog, […]