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Embarking upon this triathlon endeavor in 2008, I didn't realize how much the years of running on the soccer field as a kiddo and progressing to road running and racing as a teen and young adult would essentially lay the foundation for my activities today. Currently, I find myself using past experiences and lessons learned to propel myself forward in this sport of triathlon.

I live with my husband, Bryan, in Nine Mile Falls, Washington. We enjoy our 5 acres on Long Lake with our fur babies. By Bryan's standards, we've likely progressed to a borderline menagerie as far as fur (and feathered) kids are concerned, but having grown up on a small hobby farm as a child, our "predicament" feels relatively normal to me.

For ten years, I raced as an amateur, finally obtaining an elite status when I won my first amateur race at Ironman Muncie 70.3 in 2015. Since then, I accrued two more amateur titles and several subtitles in the 70.3 amateur division. While I actually qualified for my professional license in 2017, I knew I still needed to check off one more bucket list item: racing the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Thankfully, my age group win at Ironman Canada qualified me to do so. After racing and completing the toughest course in my racing career, I signed up to race with the highest caliber of women triathletes and have started my professional career in 2019.

I feel fortunate to have also graduated from Eastern Washington University with my doctorate in Physical Therapy so that I may continue to support myself financially when I wade even further into the realm of competitive triathlon. In addition, I have also opened up some coaching opportunities for those who find interest in working with me to accomplish their own fitness and racing goals.

Like many have already said before, there exists this alluring and intriguing challenge of pushing oneself to the limit. I want to see just how much this body my parents blessed me with can take. My coach, along with the words and actions of encouragement from Bryan, has enlightened me as to what I can achieve with a significant amount of dedication and hard work.

Photo by Craig Thorsen
Therefore, I plan to use these next few years to focus more sharply on triathlon. I look forward to continually improve upon previous performances, so long as there exists the motivation to realize my best self as an athlete. I use my initials, MF, to stand for more than an abbreviated version of my name. Instead, they guide me in my personal quest for mastering fitness, which I encourage others to do, too.

As of 2021, I have decided to retire from racing in the  sport. I will still be coaching my MF athletes and will be devoting more time and energy to working as a full time physical therapist at Dynamic Bracing and PT in Spokane, WA. 


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