I started running freshman year of high school by joining the cross country team. Had a great four years with them. Around junior year I became interested in longer distances and ran my first half marathon soon after. A combination of things lead me to triathlon. Mainly because I love how it makes me feel extra strong doing three disciplines all together. However, also it forces me to cross train. Those long bike rides can be so nice, just enjoying the outside and appreciating the ability to do so. Every time I go out I remind myself to never take for granted what I can do. There are some distracted and/or careless drivers out there for sure. I know we can all make a difference by being that voice, educating others, making roads more bike friendly, and passing laws to increase bike safety.