"My experience in triathlon and endurance sports began almost 4 years ago right here in Austin. During undergrad, I joined the UT Tri Team and I’ve been swimming, biking, and running ever since! I was a little late to the game, joining up in the closing weeks of my 3rd year with almost no experience swimming or cycling, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. After training over the summer and becoming more acquainted with the sport, I came back for my last year ready to throw down. All throughout my 4th year at UT, I raced and trained like a madman. I was hooked. Numerous races, countless hours spent training, and a team environment that felt as if it were an extended family, helped push me and my abilities to levels I had never before even dreamed of. And even though I’ve only been racing for a few years, I have experience with the wide array of triathlon and endurance sports offerings; from super sprints and cycling criteriums, to marathons and ironmans.
Being a triathlete is still as fun and entertaining as when I walked into my first team practice. It’s hard to explain, other than the fact that, it just feels right. Like a glove that slips on perfectly. I’m definitely not the fastest person out there, but I still have that feeling I had when I first started, which is an unquenchable thirst to get faster and better. With that being said, training and racing isn’t only about how you develop as a racer. Experiences I’ve had in these few years have taught me lessons about myself and have bettered me as a person in more ways than one. In addition to this, the people I’ve met along the way are some of the best that I have the privilege of knowing or have met. Because of the decision I made almost 4 years ago, I’ve established lifelong friendships and gained lessons and discoveries about myself that will endure until the day I kick the bucket.
In addition to training and racing, I’m currently attending medical school at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Round Rock Campus. If you ever see me around the Austin area, whether it’s in a healthcare setting like the hospital, splashing around in a pool, or running around Town Lake, feel free to say hi!