"Last year I had the opportunity to serve as a coach for the TRI 101 and 102 programs and well as help out with 201 and 70.3 as needed. When I was racing I volunteered at several of the local races including Pesky Piranha and Tri for Old Glory. This season I also had the unique opportunity to be interviewed by the Madison Weekly and was able to share my love of triathlons through their athlete spotlight." - Jessica
Short Term Goals
I am looking forward to this season to be full of FUN, new people, and new races. My goal is to complete in several new races, help others fall in love with triathlons during TRI 101, and to make it through the entire season injury free.
Long Term Goals
My goal is to be a lifetime athlete who is healthy, consistent, and enjoying the process. It isn't about metals and trophies but about getting out there and moving--doing what you love! That is what is going to get me out of bed on a cold morning or drive me to push on when all I want to do is quit. I want to be in this sport for the long-haul both physically and mentally. My girls are still young and my priority is them right now but I think there is a full Ironman in my future one day.
Essentials in my diet?
I am a woman who seeks to glorify God in all that I do and strives to keep a healthy balance between family, work, fitness, and rest--not an easy task in today's world. I have been married to my husband, Clay, for 5 years and we have 2 gorgeous daughters, Megan(12) and Ashley(10). I work part-time at CrossPointe Church as one of the Children's Ministry Directors. In 2010, I found myself unmotivated to exercise and was watching the pounds creep up a few each year but I reluctantly signed up for TRI 101 with a friend. I detested running and had never even done a 5K let alone a triathlon. That year I found a new passion for fitness and fell in love with triathlons!
As I enter my 5th season, I am 30 pounds lighter, have met the most amazing group of triathletes, struggled through injures, butI still can't believe all I have accomplished that i would have never believed possible! Sprints, olympics, half marathons, marathons, and a half Ironman. But what I am most proud of is not the times or the places but taking the risk each time to push myself further and further past my comfort zone to accomplish what I truly believed at one time to be impossible. I am so grateful for the opportunity through coaching and the racing team to be apart of other people experiencing the very same joy!