A little about me

Hi, I'm Tea.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, "Thank you, stalker! XOXO."

More than often than not, I make fun of myself. I'll put my mistakes on display for you all to have a good laugh. I'm not easy to embarrass. I'll talk about pretty much anything, but for this blog, I mostly talk about my triathlon life. 

Outside of the blog, I am a business owner. We started our company in 2004. It didn't work. We closed it in 2005 and started over again in 2006. Since that time, our company has grown tremendously. We have employees throughout the US and a warehouse located in CO. 

So. Yea. Started a company 2 years before the recession hit.....SURVIVED the recession, which many small businesses did not.

As hard as it was in the beginning, having a growing business still has it challenges. But one of the benefits is that I can train any time of day. I have a lot of flexibility. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for this company. I love my job. I wouldn't do anything else.

I have 2 Master's degrees. I have an MBA and a MS: Exercise Physiology. Why an MS in EP? That's an interesting story. If you want to hear it, I'll write about it another day.

Besides all that, I have that ULTIMATE SHERPA MAN-->the wonderful Mr. Tea. When some people are going to college, we were popping out babies. We married at young ages and are still together after +20 years. At a time when most of my friends have elementary school kids and toddlers, we have two college age sons who are as cool and awesome as Mr. Tea. 

They all make me a better person.

How did I start in triathlon? 

I started as a runner in high school. Once I had the boys, I kept running. I needed my time away. I was always a runner, not particularly fast, but I always loved it.

Then I had a little accident. I broke my heel. My doctor said that I would never run again. Worst of all, he said that I'd never walk again without pain. I was in a cast for awhile. When the cast came off, he said that I was ok to swim. I hadn't really swam since I was pretty young, but I loved swimming. Shortly after that, he said I was ok to ride. I didn't even own a bike. I told Mr. Tea that I wanted to do a triathlon. We bought a bike and 6 weeks later, I did my first sprint in which I walked the 5k in excruciating pain....in 50 minutes.

A year later, I ran a marathon for my 40th birthday....in a blizzard.

Two years later, I was running without pain. I found a master's swim group and have been there for 4 years now. I discovered that I was a natural on the bike. 

And the deal was sealed with triathlon. 

It's an outlet for me. If I didn't do it, I'd drive everyone crazy.

I love the complexity of triathlon, trying to fit all the pieces together.

I do it because I love it.