Some of my relatives and friends have asked me in the past how I got sucked into this crazy sport. Well, first I will say that I come from a strong swimming background where I competed competitively for over 10 years in Vermont and New England at the USS level. I also had an interest in running where I ran track in junior high and high school focusing on shorter distances and the hurdles and cross-country team for two seasons. After having competed heavily in swimming and always being involved with a sport, I found myself burning out from athletics come my high school graduation. I took a hiatus from sports all together through college to have more of a social life. After college I found myself wanting to get back into shape again as I had more free time to do activities. I started running again for fitness and began take up cycling where I invested in a cyclocross bike and started to bike to work on occasions with a coworker. The next year I decided to take my fitness to the next level and started running in a few local races and completed 2 century rides. Shortly there after I started to think to myself, why not do all three? My running was good, I was beginning to fall in love with cycling and I had plenty of swimming experience under my belt. The following spring I had decided to take the plunge and try a triathlon. I signed up for the 2010 Nations Triathlon in Washington, DC which is an olympic distance triathlon in early September. This left me with plenty of time to train. As I started my training I joined a local triathlon club the DC Triathlon Club where I was able to talk to members about the sport learning the “ins and outs” of the sport. By this time I was beginning to get eager to do the triathlon and I developed an urge try a sprint distance triathlon before competing in an olympic distance to get the hang of things. Having talked with some members in the club they recommended a race for me in Colonial Beach, VA. The Colonial Beach triathlon went very well and it left a good impression on me for Nations that fall. After completing Nations (my first olympic distance triathlon) I felt an addiction to the sport. I signed up for another race immediately a few weeks later in Lake Anna, VA called the Giant Acorn. Not only was it the trill of the challenge that hooked me to this sport but I also found triathlon to really help me focus and balance my life at work, at home and give me more structure to my life. In January 2014 my good friend and fellow club member and I formed Washington, DC’S premier LGBT triathlon team, TriOut, a subdivision of the DC Triathlon Club that is designed to provide the clubs LGBT members a comfortable atmosphere for training, racing and socializing. As this group is one of a kind, our vision is that this group can also be a model for other large triathlon clubs around the nation. Today I have completed over a dozen triathlons including three half ironmans and two full ironmans. As I look to the future I want to continue to climb in the sport challenging myself to new physical levels and maybe achieve a qualification some day.