What I never imagined happening was clearing my previous time of 11:23 in 2014 with a crushing 10:38 finish to win my age group and find myself Kona Bound. Pain, elation, relief...basically all the feels...coursed through me. I’d done what I had set out so long ago to do. As I continue to write the reality of what happened has started to sink in. This part of the journey maybe over but there is an even bigger one ahead.
I am beyond grateful for all of the support and congratulations I received over the last 7 days and months. The banner and dry erase board brought me to tears. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but it’s all I have and it is heartfelt. Before concluding, there are several more Thank you’s that are necessary are in order.
My client, Frank Stellato, and his company Charter Oak Financial, came forward this year and asked if they could sponsor me. I was floored and honored that they would want to have me represent them. After a brief conversation learning about their platform and that they believe “There’s More Than One Way To The Top!” I knew this was meant to be. Their sponsorship helped cover costly race entry fees, hotel stays, and car rentals. I am beyond grateful for your sponsorship and hope I was able to represent the brand proud.
To the gang at Family Bike who made sure my two wheeled racing machine was always properly tuned and ready to roll for each long training ride and race - Thank you! To, Ray Plouffe, the owner of Family Bike, you are an amazing friend that has provided me more support than I feel deserving of. And not to exclude anyone, a big shout out goes to store manager and lead mechanic, Anthony Disabito, for being so patient and treating all of the quirky 18 Maple triathletes with exceptional service.
To the amazing and exceptional women of SWEAT Power Yoga, Krystal Say & Shannon Rolston. You believed in me and my mission with 18 Maple Endurance Training enough to join forces and share the practice of Power Yoga with endurance athletes. Krystal, we started my IRONMAN journey together three years ago and to see how both of our lives have changed in that time is beyond inspiring. The belief that both of you have in your students and the power you give each of them, including myself to be “UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU” is priceless. Every practice with you makes me a stronger, more confident, and more rooted woman. Thank you for being such incredible role models.
Besides my parents, I’m not sure there was anyone more proud of what I accomplished last Sunday than Geoff Sullivan, a friend, a lover of sports, and my boss. Geoff, you are the the one that made 18 Maple Endurance Training become “a thing.” You provided me with the creative push, the financial backing, and the kick in the ass when I was trying to be perfect instead of just good. You, CPC, and all of my incredibly talented co-workers changed my life three years ago when all seemed so uncertain. I will forever be indebted to you for taking a chance on me.