What I'm All About
I am not one to define myself by things I've done or the way I look, but unfortunately a lot of people still know me as the amputee from Survivor. That aside, there is a lot more to me than that- well, at least I think so.
Rather than starting from when I was born and describing all of the life-changing events that brought me to where I am now, I'll start with the present, since that's by far the most relevant to you.
I am currently a resident (MD) in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill- a real point of contention for some friends since I graduated from it's arch-rival, Duke, in 2006.
In my spare time (there's not a lot of it, but I do find some), I also run a coaching business with my husband, training athletes who are interested in improving their endurance and getting stronger- read more about this at our website, www.completehumanperformance.com.
My coaching is based on both experience and recent literature that I have sifted through over the years. My specialty is endurance sports given my own background in them, having raced in over 50 triathlons since 2003, (including 3 Ironmans), 7 marathons (including the Bataan Memorial Death March), and 4 ultramarathons (including 2 100 mile races).
I also specialize in working with amputees and other athletes with a physical challenge since I understand the obstacles of racing with a disability. My right leg was amputated below the knee when I was 6 months old so I have spent my entire life training and competing as a disabled athlete regardless of who I am competing against!
Teams I've raced with include the United States Disabled Sports Team, Elite Triangle Triathlon Team, Team A Step Ahead, the United States Paratriathlon Team.
Marathon PR: 3:41:36
100 Mile Ultra PR: 22:55:36
2X Umstead 100 Mile Ultra finisher
2010 Survivor Nicaragua (S21) Contestant - La Flor Tribe
2009 National ParaTriathlon Champion (PC Nationals Gold Medalist)
2008 World Champion (ITU World Triathlon Championships Gold Medalist)
2008 National Champion (PC Nationals Gold Medalist)
2X ITU World Triathlon Championships Silver Medalist
3X Ironman Finisher
Female Amputee Ironman World Championships World Record Holder
2006 Physically Challenged Female Athlete of the Year (Honorable Mention)
2005 Physically Challenged Female Athlete of the Year (Honorable Mention)
2002 800m World Record Holder for below-knee amputees