I love to write about my adventures traveling the world as a blind woman, finding the humor in hardship and joy in my abilities, not my DISabilities.  #NoSightNoLimits

Resiliency- Magog 2019- the race that almost wasn’t

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2019 – the year of resiliency There I was, lined up with 200 overeager wetsuit-clad triathletes ( or in this case aquathletes) at the Tri club of San Diego’s monthly Aquathlon on the expansive beach at La Jolla Shores; poised, smiling, focused, my hands rested lightly on my knees as I crouched forward in a half-prone starting position, preparing to sprint to the pounding surf. My guide, a volunteer from the local University, jumped up and down on the starting line, like a tiger ready to pounce. It was ON. Into the water we rushed, leaping and dolphin-diving our way…

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Doubt

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DOUBT   Ever feel like an imposter?  Like you’re living someone else’s life?  Here I am- 43 years old, blind, and chasing the biggest goal in all of athletics.  A spot on the United States Olympic Team in a sport I only took up 6 years ago.    Only 8 years ago I was the fine wine buyer for a chain of large wine stores in NY/ NJ and CT.  I knew my place in the world.  I loved my chosen career and knew that as someone living with vision loss, it would be something I could do for the…

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Weekend Getaway to Portugal results in a Win!

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Weekend Getaway for Team USA A week ago I was sitting in a season-end recap meeting with Team USA program manager Amanda Duke at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Now I’m sitting on a flight home from the island of Madeira in Portugal with some pretty sweet hardware to show for this last-minute trip. Amanda, guide Kirsten and I sat down to study the tentative schedule for next season; Sarasota, Yokohama, Italy, Canada, Tokyo, Switzerland, then back to Sarasota seemed to fit with my goals and objectives for next season.  Despite a fabulous season, ending with 3 bronze…

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Full Squirrel in Italy

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“Full Squirrel” “Squirrel!” Debbie laughs into the phone as I go on yet another excited and nearly impossible-to-follow tangent. “Yes, ‘squirrel’ is right!” I reply.  I have a nickname.  Very appropriately given to me by my very funny British sports psychologist Simon Marshall, author of “How to calm the Fuck down and Rise to the Occasion- The Brave Athlete”.  Since I was a kid, I could carry on three or even four conversations in a given 5 minute span.  Conversations would typically meander from topics of horses, to the insane amount of laundry I had to tackle, boyfriend problems and…

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National Champions!

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  Tennessee and Me   I’m ten days into an incredible trip to train and race with guide Kirsten Sass here in beautiful, rural McKenzie Tennessee. I’m surrounded by miles and miles of cotton and corn fields and rolling hills with long country roads dotted with family farms.  It’s a little slice of heaven for a runner or cyclist.  Pair that with her saltwater 25-yard indoor 2-lane lap pool, weight room, and a husband who has been pulling quadruple duty as dad, chef, massage therapist and guide this week, and I’m tempted to stay beyond my race- lol!  Ok, the…

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