“Make fear an insignificant bystander”
In my early 20’s the panic attacks began. I had always been a worrier, but it was only when the debilitating, crippling, irrational fear took hold of me that I was led down a dark path of anxiety, depression, addiction, and unhealthy habits.
In 2012, I hit my bottom. I had no control over my life. I was consumed by anxiety, and my only solution was to drink away the pain and the fear. The destructive patterns that resulted threatened my family, my freedom, and my life. I made a decision to change my life, and find sobriety.
With a year of sobriety under my belt, I decided to take my transformation further. I had always been intrigued by the Ironman Triathlon. A 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a full marathon in one day was enough to stir up the fear within me. I had always looked at this event and told myself I could never do something like that.
Until I asked myself “What if I could?”
Armed with sobriety and new tools to combat anxiety and fear, I took up the challenge, and a year later I was able to call myself an Ironman!
A few years and many triathlons later, I am proud to be among some of the best amateur athletes in the world, a far cry from the overweight, nonathletic, drunk, and fearful person I once was.
I’ve developed the tools to turn anxiety into a superpower, and prove that facing our fears can become a life transforming experience, something that makes us stronger and more resilient than we ever thought possible.