Photo by Tindall Stephens 

38; Human Resources Officer for the United States Navy 

I LOVE TRIATHLON: Triathlon challenges every part of you. You have to persevere and push yourself one stroke, pedal, and step at a time. 

BUCKET LIST: I thought doing 50 triathlons by the time I was 50 would be cool. Now that God has blessed me with a husband and, in October, a child, I am not sure. I want to stay involved in triathlon and maybe one day do a triathlon with my husband and children. 


SPEED BUMPS: I’ve had a lot of hardships over the years that have directly impacted my fitness journey, such as plantar fasciitis, pulled muscles, migraines, and weight issues. However, the most significant hardship has been PTSD due to Military Sexual Trauma, depression, and anxiety. PTSD had and still has effects on my mind, body, and soul. I’ve come a long way, but it can be a daily battle sometimes. Health and fitness are direct reflections of how you feel about yourself. When I have been at my lowest is also when I have been my heaviest or struggled the most with muscle issues, GI digestive issues, depression, etc. But every finish line I cross is another step validating my mind and body. I am not broken or useless. I am strong and able. 

MY GROUP: Wounded Warrior Project, Run 4our Life, Team RWB 

RECENT RACES: Memphis in May Sprint Triathlon (2nd Place Age Group); Campbell Run Clinic Collection – Full Collection; and Memphis 70.3 Half Ironman 

MOST MEMORABLE FITNESS EVENT: Memphis 70.3 Half Ironman 

BEST EATS: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is my favorite for fancy occasions or celebrations. 

DREAM DINNER COMPANY: Jesus. I wouldn’t need to speak or have him speak, but just be in his presence. My faith has gotten me through everything, and every blessing comes from God. 

GO-TO GEAR: I love my Garmin toys (Fenix 5S plus watch, bike computers, and heart rate chest strap), Honey Stinger brand snacks, and Coconut Water. 

INSPIRATION TO BE FIT: My family and my future. I have worked hard to be healthy, and I want to show others that no matter how difficult or challenging life can be, it is possible to change your circumstances, rise above, heal, and move forward. 

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: I’m reading baby books right now. Baby Griffin is due in October, so I am doing everything I can to prepare. 

PET PEEVE: Not signaling — bikers passing and not saying ‘On your Left’ or runners stopping without signaling they are slowing or stopping. Ultimately, it is a safety thing, and I’m a stickler for being safe. 

Photo by Tindall Stephens