Let the Chicking Begin

I am Kit, and I am a triathlete. I like bikes. And running. I pretend to like swimming, but I’m doing a pretty good job convincing myself lately that I do. I really love to race, and I’m having a pretty good 2012 season. Eight out of Eight podium finishes, including three wins.

My goal in life is to become a professional amateur athlete. Basically, I want to swim, mountain and road bike, trail and road run, play roller derby (did that for a few years already), cross-country ski (never done that but there’s time), row, play tennis, and crump (must learn this). I see no way to accomplish this goal except to eschew all manners of working a real job and just running my own, one-person, grown-up summer camp. Free food and lodging would be nice as well.

Seeing as there are no takers to be my professional amateur sponsor, I have a few backup goals in mind:

1. To enjoy a challenging, brainy occupation that pushes my mind as much as I push my body in training. This could be writing, math/statistics-related, or any other endeavor that puts to work my rather excellent critical thinking skills.

2. To give it a go as a professional professional triathlete. I’ve been in the sport for 13 years, and only in the last two have I buckled down and really trained (instead of just riding, and running at cruise pace). And you know what? That hard work is paying off. I’m getting pretty good. My bike splits are usually in the top 5 or 10, male AND female, and I’ve chopped a good minute per mile off my 10K pace since last October. In 2013, I hope to do a better job accomplishing backup goal #1 in order to pay a coach to help me achieve backup goal #2.

Finally, the other stuff you might be interested to know about me:

I am smart. I earned a B.S.B.A Summa Cum Laude in 2000, and finished my Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2010 with a 4.0 grade point average, earning the Outstanding Capstone Project Award from the East Tennessee State University School of Graduate Studies. I like hard work. I am very bad a resting on my laurels, preferring to be active 16 hours a day. I like creating things – cakes, blog posts, poster, web sites, whatever. I just really like being able to finish a project and say to myself “SEE! Look what I did!” I am an introvert. I am not not a people person; I just try to avoid drama, bullshit, or being the center of attention. I love animals, and find them to be in many ways more intelligent than humans. I have four adopted cats, and that seems to be a good number. I like dogs okay, but I’m definitely a cat person.

That’s about all you need to know about me right now. You can see my race results in detail soon under my “Triathlon” page, and I’ll be writing about all things bike and triathlon that you won’t want to miss.

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