Ironman Chronicles - The Beginning
Years ago, with my dad’s encouragement, I signed up for my first triathlon in an effort to get in shape as I was a bit on the heavy side. My dad had been racing in triathlons for a number of years, even being a Pro-Triathlete himself. Tri's quickly became a passion that we both shared. We raced in several triathlons together enjoying the camaraderies it brought, the friendships I was able to build but also the love of competing against each other. It was after a long bike together that we decided that once I was out of school (College) and felt I might have a fighting chance, that I would battle my way to becoming a Pro-Triathlete. An Ironman comes in two distinct distances, a Half Ironman or Ironman 70.3 made up of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. Then there is a full ironman or Ironman 140.6 made up of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 run, all in order without breaks. Each athlete must complete the course in a given time or is to be disqualified. My goal is to become a Pro-Triathlete in the 70.3 distance first and in the near future prepare myself to jump to the 140.6 distance and eventually make it to the world championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Unfortunately, my dream of becoming a Pro-Triathlete is becoming more and more difficult each and everyday. The most painful part is not because of discipline or my abilities, but because of resources. My limited personal resources sadly do not make up for the short-comings that I frequently face. I currently still live at home with my parents to help with the bills, take care of my sister and them as much as I can, and also save for my racing. I work full time (40+ hours) as a wellness coordinator in beautiful Sun City Hilton Head and train 24+ hours a week in three different disciplines. That's not including prepping my meals, planning for training and races, and taking care of myself, work, friends and family.
I have sacrificed greatly for my dream and will continue to do whatever it takes to make it possible. Getting sponsorship always has been a difficult thing to obtain. That's not saying I will stop looking to represent my community and home with the acquiring of sponsorships. I plan on being the best I can be and in doing so, I believe that if I am able to compete at world stages I will be able to represent all that I stand for. These upcoming seasons (2015-2016) are an ideal time for me to make my move in trying to become a Pro-Triathlete, as I am coming off my most successful season ever. This past year has helped to motivate me and has made me even more enthusiastic than before. I am sure with your financial support and my hard work I can make this coming season even better than the last. Please keep in mind that this money will go to supporting a young athlete that is thriving to become successful.
As you may or may not know the sport of triathlon is pretty pricey. Race registration costs can range between $250-$500 depending on their location and popularity. Additionally, there are other expenses including: equipment, gear, travel, food, lodging, nutrition, training camps, and literally anything in life that gets thrown straight at your face! As you can see, costs can add up quickly. Remember that all of your generosity/support will ONLY go towards my IRONMAN journey.
The money that I receive in donations from all of you will be automatically saved in an Ironman account and would ONLY be used for my Ironman journey. My goal for the year of 2015 is to compete in 5-6 Half Ironman Triathlons (Florida 70.3, Augusta 70.3, Raleigh 70.3, Venice FL 70.3, Williamsburg 70.3, and hopefully Hilton Head 70.3). These races will allow me to compete for professionalism. I am looking to raise as much money for them as soon as possible because a lot of these races sell out within hours of opening.
I really want to thank everyone that shares, donates, or just plainly and simply encourages me thorugh out my Journey!
I am speechless with the amount of support i have received in the past two months. I cant even begin to thank everyone but would love to see each and everyone individually to shake their hands! I am brought to tears when I think of the opportunity that I was given. All I can say and promise is I will do me very best each and every day! I will work and work and work to obtain all the goals.
their are people out there that have more talent, more money, and even more opportunity/privilege than me but THEY WILL NOT OUT WORK ME!
I have made a website for everyone to keep tabs on me as well as for me to blog and spill everything.
Again I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, because of you guys my fighting chance has gotten even bigger!
In continuation of your support, I ask that you share my page with everyone you know.
Again thank you so very much!
I cant believe how incredibly supportive everyone has been. I didn't expect to get so much positivity and generosity from all sorts of people.
From my triathlon community there has been a great deal of reassurance of my progression through the sport, making me feel like I am getting stronger and making a name for myself.
From my normal, outside the sport, community I have been getting a strong push to continue to fight for my dream and also to continue to motivate everyone in going for theirs.
However, from right here, in Sun City, I have had the most overwhelming abundance of support from both co-workers and residents. One department kicked off a bake sale last week within house, which ended up raising $175 that in reality was way more than I could have ever asked for. Those guys put their healthy eating aside for me to feast on a lot of baked goods in order to raise money. Additionally, in my gym (Purrysburg Fitness Center), another bake sale was hosted and led by the best of co-workers and friends, Coyla Gumpf, who took charge in getting the community involved, which turned out to be a huge success!
I feel very honored to have the support system that I do and a major part of that is due to the constant motivational words spoken and helpful actions of those surrounding me in the beautiful Sun City. There are no words to fully express my gratitude for everything that has been done to help fulfill my goals of becoming a professional triathlete thus far.