On March 5th I raced in my 7th triathlon. I finished first and qualified for my elite card. What does this mean? I can now race as a professional triathlete; compete for a spot on the USA National Team; and train for a spot on the 2012/16 Olympic squad. My coach and I have yet to decide when I will debut as an elite, but this past race opens up a whole new door of opportunities.
To be honest, I never really thought I could become a professional athlete. After battling through a medical misdiagnosis, athletic plateaus, setbacks & people telling me to throw in the towel, I was tempted to call it quits. But on March 5th, I won. Yet the moment of success wasn't the race. It was all the decisions along the way when I was knocked down, but refused to stay down. I don't know what's at the end of this road, but I'm excited to see what all God has in store.
I HAVE A DREAM. I want to represent the USA on the international level and race in Rio de Janeiro in the 2016 Olympic Games. It's a big dream. It's bigger than me. It's God-sized. But I would rather dream big and get a piece of it, than dream small and get all of it.
I HAVE A PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I want to develop the gifts and skills I've been given while encouraging and inspiring others along the way to tap into their dreams and their potential. I want to make a difference in every person I meet along the way.
HOW WILL I DO THIS? Hard work, sweat, dedication, patience, perseverance and friends and family to cheer me on and support me. Right now, I'm working and training hard while recruiting sponsors and underwriters to help fund this dream. Like anything, starting out is usually the toughest. This season my racing and training expenses will be upwards of $50,000. I need financial support as I run this race to break into the top-tier. I'm looking for people and businesses who want to join me on this journey. Of course there are no guarantees I will achieve all of these dreams, but I can assure you that regardless of the outcome, I will hold my head high and maintain my integrity and values along the way.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER? I am a writer, a speaker, an ambassador, an encourager, a motivator, a people-person with confidence and poise. I want to partner with people and businesses who share my commitment to character, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence in all areas of our lives. I can be an ambassador for you and your company--getting your name out there, using your products and services, including you in my website, blog, social networking, etc.
If this sounds like a partnership you want to explore further, please contact me. In addition, if you know of other individuals or businesses that would be interested in partnering with me, please pass this on.
Thank you for your support, prayers, and encouragement. I couldn't do it without fans like YOU! Thanks for cheering me on!
"I'd rather DREAM BIG and get a piece of it than dream small and get all of it."