I started swimming lessons at a young age and joined a team the summer after second grade. I wore a blue floral swimsuit with three little pink bows on each side. On my head was a sideways swim cap (the seam went from ear-to-ear) and a humongous pair of square suction goggles. Think of welding goggles and you’re not too far off. Fashionable? Absolutely.
I picked it up easily, especially backstroke, and over the next few years won races and set team records with my relay teams. I started swimming year-round and qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 100 backstroke when I was in fourth grade. I believe that is also the year I did my first IronKids triathlon.
I swam year-round through middle school, high school – qualifying for regional and state competitions, and my first year into college. I did mostly back and breast with the occasional fly and requisite free. I got an almost full scholarship to college. However, after 12 years I was a bit burnt out on the racing aspect of swimming and quit altogether upon transfering to a new school. In October 2008 after seven years of inactivity and missing the water, I dusted off the goggles and got back into the pool.
Before high school, my running consisted of chasing every boy willing to run on the playground in elementary school.
In high school I ran track for a year or two (I think I did the 200, 400, and 800) and then spent a season running my butt off on the field hockey field.
I like to run. I don’t have much training and I haven’t done many races but it feels good. However, I tend to be rather injury-prone in this area so my mileage increases are done gradually and carefully.