I'm a circa-1967 mom of two boys, Spencer (13), and Grant (11). After working and teaching at Virginia Tech for many years, my skills and passions have converged and brought me to the fortyninegroup as the Director of Client Marketing. I bring my mix of competitive sports experience, human factors engineering skills, and creativity to serve the needs of the our event, athlete, equipment, accessory, coaching, media, and registration clients. I get to work with great people around the country, write, be creative, and promote the sport and lifestyle of triathlon! My PhD in human factors engineering is still useful and I keep a foothold in some solar and renewable energy projects.
Back to the Cort the Sport story. It is not so uncommon - have kids, give life to kids, family, and work and one day look at a photo and wonder what the hell happened to me?
|me in fall 2007 - the photo that started it all|
Fast-forward to me as mom. First I tried to be a stay-at-home mom, and when that wasn't a good fit, I taught as an adjunct in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. That inspired me to return to finish a PhD, which I did successfully in 2007. Unfortunately, with a dissertation, there is a lot of sitting on one's butt in front of the computer. I found myself in the worst shape of my life, carrying around extra pounds and feeling terrible.
On May 4, 2008, I had the lightbulb moment. I walked into the Weight Club in town, hired a trainer AND started this blog. It began under the name "unblobbing" as I felt...well...like a blob. Hence the URL of unblob.blogspot.com. It morphed to unblobbed, and eventually to Cort the Sport (my dad's nickname for me). There is more about it here.
The trainer set out a challenge to run a half marathon, and I have never looked back. Since then, I've run everything from 5Ks to marathons, trail races to road races. I've had some overall and age group wins at local races and am a 3x Boston Qualifier and expecting to run that in 2013. I discovered a love for endurance sports, lost 25 pounds, and found abundant energy and joy in training and racing.
In 2009, I branched out to triathlon, trying a novice-only race late that summer, and finishing second overall out of 136 competitors. I was HOOKED. In 2010 I completed five triathlons (Sprint and Olympic) finishing the 4th overall master's female in the Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS). In 2011 I raced nine triathlons (Sprint through Half Ironman) including USAT Olympic Distance Nationals where I qualified for Team USA. In 2012 I raced a full season capped with a 3rd place finish at Sprint Nationals, 10th place finish at ITU Olympic Distance Worlds in New Zealand, second place overall female in the Virginia Triathlon Series and a USAT All-American spot. In 2013 I'll again race Nationals and Worlds (London) as well as the Boston Marathon. Here are all the race results and race reports.
It's not always smooth sailing and athletes know injuries come with the territory no matter how careful and attentive one is. I've weathered peroneal tendonitis, IT band issues, glute med/TFL strains, and stress fractures.
I'm a firm believer in year-round strength training, particularly for the master's athlete. The other cornerstones of my training are solid whole-food based nutrition, rest, consistency, dedication, and FUN!
I have an excellent coach in Jim McGehee (One-on-One Endurance) and I've worked with him since 2009. He's a 20+ year veteran who does the tricky work of planning out the multisport training in a way that works with life and family.
I'm a proud member of the Endurance Films Racing team, and pleased to be sponsored by Solar Connexion (solar contracting) of Blacksburg, Virginia. I have the backing of many friends and family, and am graetful for their support!
My goal for this blog, and for my journey in general, is to encourage people to find a healthy lifestyle that includes activities that they enjoy and that incite passion! There is a sport or activity out there for everyone, be it triathlon or table tennis or hiking. Furthermore, I hope readers of this blog will dream a little bigger or reach a little deeper and reap the rewards of the journey!