Geography: Tristar Athletes Southwest
State: USA, Torrance California
Fun facts: My first athletic challenge was in 6th grade. I rode my little BMX bicycle from Torrance to Marineland (in Palos Verdes) straight up Hawthorne Blvd. That was several thousand feet of climbing, wearing jeans. I put PB&J sandwiches and a jug of water in my backpack.
I did it specifically because a neighborhood kid claimed he had done it and that there was no way that I could do it. I took pictures of each intersection that I had to stop for red lights along the way, using my little 110 film pocket camera. When I showed that kid my photographic evidence, he admitted he was "just joshing me" and that I was a "crazy MF" for having done it. However, he never told me I couldn't do something ever again. Since then I have spent my entire life, crushing naysayers.
The most difficult part of that bike ride was actually the descent. My BMX bike had a coaster brake, which started smoking and burnt up on the descent. So I had to slow the bike with my shoes. Then I burnt through the heels of both of my shoes slowing down during the rest of that descent. That was terrifying.
Tell us more about your training and racing history and accomplishments: USA Cycling Catergory 2 bicycle racer
Sub 3-hour full marathon PR. 28 full marathons completed, not quite sure how many halfs completed (at least 70 of them).
Former USCF California State Champion (Cyclocross)
Ran Cross Country for West High School, Torrance, CA
Ran Cross Country for Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
What races are you currently signed up for?: My tentative 2020 schedule:
Surf City Half Marathon
Camino Real Double Century (200-mile ride)
The Desert Triathlon
The Boston Marathon
Central Coast Double Century (200-mile ride)
Ironman 70.3 Lubbock
Swim The Avenues (1-mile swim)
The Legacy Triathlon
Ironman Lake Placid
Pier to Pier (2-mile swim)
The Cool Breeze (128-mile ride)
Naples Island (3-mile swim)
Santa Barbara Triathlon
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
Mission Bay XTerra Wetsuits Triathlon
Long Beach Marathon bike/run duathlon
Ironman 70.3 Waco
Newport Beach Triathlon
Ironman 70.3 La Quinta
Number of years as a Tristar Athlete and years in endurance sports: 31
What are your goals?: My previous goal was to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. I have since done that 3-times. My next goal is to qualify for IM 70.3 Worlds and complete it, and then after that, I intend to qualify for Kona and complete it.
Current training tactics: I need to become a better (faster swimmer), and I need to continue to increase my wattage on the bike.
Your favorite training, camp or racing memory: Tour of The Gila. It's so very tough!
MENTORSHIP team member
Other : I was born in Taiwan and spent my early childhood there. Being bi-racial, I've never really quite fit in anywhere. Thus I am more open to considering different possibilities, which is how I got into triathlon.
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