Valentine’s Day is a to remind us of the one’s we love. I truly love my husband, my children, family and friends. They are “Permanent” things that fulfill my life and fill my cup to the brim. Chocolates, flowers and cards are wonderful but after a while they all have to “go back into the box”. I’m reading a great book by John Ortberg called, “When the Game is Over-It All Goes Back Into the Box “. This book is perfect for me right now because I’m in a very busy part of my life. My children are young and getting into sports. I coach one on one to clients trying to reach a personal best in running and triathlon. My husband travels and works many hours so the house is hard to balance on my own at times. Personally I am training for 6 races and ultimately to be at the top of the podium at the Ironman World Championships this October. This book helps a busy person reflect on what to keep on your plate, how to refocus your energies and time into things that have permanent meaning and ultimately points out that sometimes life is like a game of Monopoly. We love to win and see houses and hotels on the properties around the board. Winning that game is like seeing a trophy of success. I’ve competed in athletics for 30 years and have a lot of medals and trophies. They are “temporary” reminders that we won and were successful from putting in such hard work and sweat. As years pass, those trophies end up inside a box and the memories of winning 1st or 2nd fade like remembering if you owned Park Place or all of the Railroads in a game long ago.
Today I had the luxury of flying from San Diego to Newark all by myself. Five hours of uninterrupted personal time for me to read, nap, eat and now write which is time I “love” to have to myself. Another big “love” in my life is Triathlon. It’s fun to reflect back on what Triathlon has brought to my life over the last 20 years. When the race is over, here are a few highlights that brought me “Temporary” success, pride and fulfillment. These are all going back in the box.
*Won my first triathlon in 1993 and earned $100.00
*Placed 2nd at NCAA National Cross Country Championships in college after training for a summer in triathlon!
*Moved to Boulder, Colorado for the summer of 1994 to explore triathlon and see a state other than Wisconsin.
*Dated a Pro Triathlete in 1994 who competed and flew me to Hawaii which was my 1st intro to the Ironman.
*Was endorsed with the best Triathlon Equipment.
*Moved to Tucson, AZ after graduating college to pursue my dream of becoming an Olympic Triathlete.
*Earned a spot on the USA Resident Team at the Olympic Training Center.
*Traveled throughout the US and World racing in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Caribean Islands, Japan and every nice beach of Mexico.
*Appeared in Magazines such as Shape, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon.
*Recognized in the news and local papers for racing.
*Earned personal Sponsorships and contracts.
*Competed in National Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Trials.
*Broke Ironman World Records.
*Get to attend the Best Multisport Camp in the World with Timex who showers us with amazing support and the best Sponsors & product to date!
What’s not in the box is a life filled with relationships which have forever enriched me and made me the person I am today. Here are some of those “Permanent” markers which Triathlon has brought to my life.
*Passion to explore the extraordinary with out limits.
*My college roommate,Cross Country teammate and friend Carrie Pfieffer who now does Ironman!
*My friend Sara Wagner who moved as much as I did and we can always pick up where we left off.
*Damien Koch, my first triathlon coach and mentor who taught me to keep my sunglasses on for a bright future.
*My parents Roger and Liz who taught me to go after my dreams and passions teaching me what unconditional love is.
*Carol and Ed Max who I lived with in Tucson, AZ as a starving pro triathlete and have become my sons God Parents and friends for life.
*My OTC roommate and friend Gina Derks Gardner who makes me smile and laugh anytime we’re together.
*My husband of 11 years, Scott Davis who was my “Home Stay” for a World Cup Triathlon 14 years ago!
*My clients who have become dear friends for life inside or outside of the sport (Cathy Zoc, Dan and Heidi Dague, Kathryn Johnston, Sue Bowman, Katie Narber, Mandy Braidic, Mike Morgan, Angela Hart).
*My two children who helped me gain 45 pounds during pregnancy that motivated me to race Ironman when they were both 2 years old.
*My sister’s Beth, Lisa, Nannette and Michele and my brother David who are each unique and strong. I am lucky to be the youngest and learn from them all.
*Timex Teammates Brian Boyle and Dave Orlowski who are examples of taking your gift and making the world a better place.
Valentine’s for me this year was a day to reflect on why Triathlon has such a special place in my heart.