In my family, we grew up swimming. I was the least talented of the three. My sister was a nationally ranked swimmer, my brother was a natural athlete, and I always tried real hard. The story of my life in many ways, I never seem to go about things the easy way.
Each summer, my father entered us into Peachtree City Youth Triathlon (Years later, I would volunteer and announce for the event.). It was my time to shine at least within my family. Triathlon (relative to swimming) was less about natural form and feel; more about the hard work I’d been putting in for years.
We moved to Ohio my freshman year of high school where I graduated from Bowling Green HS. I signed with Youngstown State University and my life continued in Ohio as a fighting (swimming) penguin. My father took his life the summer between my Sophomore/Junior years at YSU.
It was a hard loss, and it had a dramatic impact on my future choices. I transferred to Georgia State University in January 2004, and shifted my athletic focus to triathlon, specifically, Ironman Hawaii. My new obsession, Kona, kept me focused, goal-oriented, and moving forward.
I graduated from GSU with a BS in Marketing, a handful of triathlon titles including: Long Course AG World Champion, National Collegiate Ironman Champion, Inside Triathlon All American, 3 x Ironman World Championship Top 3 AG Podiums. In 2008, I worked full-time in the Cycling Industry and applied for my Pro Card. The following year due to the economic downturn, I found myself without full-time work, but I still had the pro card. I made the choice to chase the dream.
Currently, I work as a Triathlon Consultant for CNN FitNation and Atlanta Triathlon Club. I have my own coaching firm, AG Multisport Coaching. I, also, run an event management company, shemoves Atlanta. We look to encourage women in sport and to get active. Finally, I race as a professional triathlete with my sights on top of the podium. I am coached by Matthew Rose with Dynamo Multisport. He has a dramatic impact on triathlon career and my spirit in general. I know my best days as an athlete are in front of me and I look forward to chasing them down.