Sports: Hiking, triathlon, swimming, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, Pilates and indoor climbing
Job: Nurse, mom
How I got started in sports: I became active when I began dating my husband and we started mountain biking and hiking. After having a baby, I joined a masters swim team and then signed up for my first triathlon. I crashed on my bike and finished second to last, but I was hooked for life!
Athletic highlights: Reaching the 14,000-foot peaks of 30 mountains, swimming the Horsetooth Open Water 10k three times, finishing two half Ironman-distance races, completing my first marathon and my first century ride.
Athletic goals: Climb Mount Kilimanjaro and complete an Ironman.
Favorite fuel: Pre-race: peanut butter, a banana and coffee. During: GU and Amino Vital. Post-race: water, a beer and a slice of pizza.
Inspiration: I'm inspired by anyone who attempts something challenging despite handicaps, and by my husband who, despite three knee surgeries, races and hikes with me.
Dramatic finish: When a cyclist crashed on his bike while coming down the mountain in front of me at around 40 mph, I helped immobilize his spine and kept him warm until paramedics arrived. I eventually caught up with the others to finish the 80-mile ride.
Healthy perspective: I lost 60 pounds when I was 17 years old and have kept it off ever since through healthy eating and exercise.