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Athletics

Far from being the fastest, strongest, or best--I am committed. In 2018 I completed my first olympic distance triathlon. When I started college in 2010, I couldn't swim freestyle, hadn't ever ridden a bike with gears, and had never participated in a race of any kind.

It became a personal goal to complete a triathlon. I took years of swim courses at NMSU and Yale, got myself a geared bike (proudly displayed in picture #4), and started racing--with my first 5K being the New Haven 5K in 2015. In January of 2018, I felt confident enough to begin practicing with the Yale Triathlon club team to compete in September.

Outside of triathlon training my other athletics related hobbies include:

  • backpacking

  • rock climbing

  • snorkeling (& soon scuba diving)

  • tennis

  • weight lifting

  • 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do (past)

Travel

Pre-COVID-19 I was fortunate to have traveled to several countries during my PhD including: Japan, Turkey, Italy, & Germany. The most beautiful part about my experiences traveling is that I always went or stayed with friends who had family in the area and spoke the language. Traveling this way allowed me to immersed in the cultures and family life in these countries--something I will forever treasure! Can't wait to start traveling again!

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Pets

My partner, Tanyeri, and I have 3 dogs, 1 crested gecko, and a bunch of tropical fish. I love all animals and wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a kid!

  • Laddie: West Highland White Terrier joined the family in May 2010

  • Theodore (Teddy): Mini poodle rescue joined the family in October 2013

  • Daisy: Mixed terrier rescue, joined the family in August 2014

  • Snufulupugus, "Snuffy": Crested gecko with heterochromia, joined the family in September 2016

  • Koi Angelfish: Became an accidental breeder by chance having two very "productive" angelfish. I am now learning the art and trade of hobby fish breeding!