Today we’re beginning a new series called “Team Drea Tuesday” so that I can introduce you to the amazing people I have gotten to know through this journey.
- For the record, how did we meet?
I’ll never forget it! We met at the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon in Chapel Hill in 2014. You were racing and I was a volunteer on the bike course with Team Luna Chix of Chapel Hill. I vividly recall how focused you were, how proud we were, and that indescribable amount of pure joy. I know you fondly referred to us as the bike angels after that race.
- What is your Team Drea Challenge race and how did you pick it?
The Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon – April 2, 2017 – Olympic distance
I was vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii with my husband this past December. I woke up extra early to find an Island still asleep. I took off for a long run around the amazing hotel complex before the heat and humidity set in. It was one of my best runs because I was relaxed and let the ocean breezes carry me. At the end of my run, I stopped to buy some coffee. Coffee is extraordinarily good in Hawaii. I sat and chatted with a few of the locals about all things Triathlon. They spoke highly about their Lavaman Triathlon, its popularity and uniqueness. With the biggest smile across my face, I promised to be back in 2017 to race.
- What are your goals for your race(s)?
Hawaii is one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth. It’s also one of the most unpredictable. The 1500 meter swim will take place at ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay or as the locals like to call it “A Bay.” Protected by an offshore reef, this bay is usually safe except during very high surf. For me, the swim will be one of the most challenging aspects of the race. I’m currently participating in a U.S. Masters Swimming program and for the next 9 months. Under the watchful eye of my coach, I will develop the necessary technique, strength and endurance to conquer the swim. The bike portion is Kona World Championship inspired and takes place on Queen K Hwy. The run is on the lava trails and the same location as this photo. I’m hoping to finish the race with even more passion than when I started.
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