My fitness journey began with my father’s guidance in playing catch in the front yard. I excelled from the start and embraced sports at the age of 7, defying any limitations imposed by my visual impairment. However, it was volleyball that truly captured my heart.
I was incredibly fortunate to have the extraordinary chance to play volleyball under the guidance of Larry Bock, famously known as “The Great & Winiest Coach in the NCAA,” at Juniata College. Making it to the National Championship four times is an experience that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Participating in collegiate sports not only hones your time management skills, but also helps you develop meaningful relationships and establish a strong foundation. It provides a rapid education on the dos and don’ts of being a student athlete.
After college, I retired my volleyball jersey following a string of surgeries on my knees, ankles, and a few shoulder repairs. In my 30s, the athletic bug bit me again, and I found a kinder sport for my body – cycling. Immersing myself in cycling has attracted sponsorships and major national brands. As a cyclist, I focus on long distances and enjoy raising funds for charity. For me, life revolves around giving back to those who need the extra support.
I am passionate about cycling, yoga, rowing, weightlifting, meditation, and hiking. Whenever I have the chance to experience the exhilaration of a bike ride or immerse myself in nature through hiking, it truly makes my day! Engaging in these activities brings an abundance of joy and happiness into my life.
What I love most is that I get to experience these activities with my incredible husband. As you can see in several of the photos, we have a passion for embarking on wild hiking adventures across the globe.
I recommend finding something you are passionate about and sharing it with the world, regardless of your abilities. Always keep in mind that there are people who look up to you as a role model. Be their shining beacon that guides the way.