I've been a runner since college. I've always loved the space it gives my mind to breathe, the feeling of my feet on the pavement. But running doesn't love me back. Since 2006, I've had three major layoffs due to various running-related injuries. 2010 was the year I decided, no more. I started swimming in an attempt to burn the calories that running usually did, bought a bike after months of indecision, and a triathlete was born.
I discovered that I loved the variety, I loved the different experiences that I had in the pool and on the road. In swimming I was able to find the peace that running had brought, and in cycling I was able to let loose the endurance athlete that had never been able to exist as a runner. Surgery in late 2010 finally brought the running back into my life, but it will never replace those things.
2011 brought a ton of races and hopefully the end of a long struggle with injury. 2012 is going to bring the big one: Ironman Coeur d'Alene.