I’m a 37 and I triathlete with the Mermaid Mafia Tri Club, a coach with TBF and part of Coeur’s The Collective Beat. I’ve been cycling since I was a kid, bombing down dirt roads and trails on mtbs. Cycling was also my main form of transportation as a teenager before I could drive. During that time, riding to my summer job in high school I had been struck by a driver leaving a gas station. It was a hit and run, and I’m very lucky to be alive today with just scarring. After the injury I stayed off road, and it took me nearly 15 years to be comfortable again riding on city streets. I signed up for my first organized long distance road ride in 2017 to raise money for Parkinsons. This gave me the courage to fundraise for Leukemia Lymphoma Society with Team in Training and race long distance in Ironman triathlons. Now I help coach new cyclists and triathletes overcome their fears of the road through safe cycling techniques. I’m a member of the Sacramento Bicycle Associates that helps to promote safer streets and cycling routes locally in Sacramento.