I have been blessed with a unique opportunity at exactly the right time in my life. In 2013 I found this amazing sport called triathlons when I was looking for new challenges to continue to lose weight and get into even better shape. Needless to say I fell hook, line and sinker after my first sprint race that year and went on to complete one every weekend that year. I continued on my triathlon journey in 2014 by jumping into full Ironman’s to race for my hero and sister Dawn Twedt. It was our mission by using my Ironman races to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research as my sister was fighting it and to spread awareness about this deadly and silent cancer that sneaks up on you. Dawn always got my medals after all of my races and always inspired me to train harder and get faster. It’s a blessing to me that our last solo sister trip was also our last Ironman race together in Cozumel.
Truly the best part of this sport is the journey in training for your full Ironman race. I’ve been blessed with so many amazing people entering my life from doing this sport. Each of my previous three full Ironman races have been different training journeys with different friends. Plus you can’t beat the triathlon community as everyone is so encouraging to each other and are so supportive.
Sadly, my sister lost her battle to Ovarian Cancer on April 9th of this year. During her 31 day journey to heaven I was blessed to spend 24 of those days with her and we had a lot of deep sister conversations which I will always treasure. I asked her if she wanted me to race one more full Ironman in her honor and memory. We talked about it 3 times but she would never answer my question. So when she became an angel I told her we would leave them alone since that is what we did together. Then a unique opportunity presented itself to me that will be part of my healing process so once again this sport I so love is going to help me. Plus I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
I’m racing Kona in October to help raise funds for Women for Tri. The Women for Tri mission is simple: To identify and diminish primary barriers to entry, and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all distances and representing all athletic abilities.
Women for Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: Testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon.
WOMEN FOR TRI PARTNERS WITH THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION & LIFETIME TO PROVIDE GRANT FUNDING TO ENGAGE FEMALE ATHLETES IN THE SPORT OF TRIATHLON.
Please join me on this very special 5 month journey to the finish line of Kona 2017. I’m proof that no matter what your ability or size that you CAN race a full Ironman. I’m an Athena athlete and always will be. I’ve crossed that finish line every time I’ve lined up. Ladies – Anything is Possible. I can’t wait to help other women get into this sport and realize the potential they have.
Before you go, please still be aware of the below signs of Ovarian Cancer. Please learn them and listen to your body as this is the silent cancer.
2) Pelvic or abdominal pain
3) Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
4) Urgent or frequent urination