Wow, where to begin?! I guess I’ll just go in order….
I’ve been working at Advertising.com (owned by AOL) for about 20 months. My third job since college, this is hands down the best company I’ve ever worked for. And nothing has changed about that. Ad.com has been great to me. The people I work with are smart. We have loads of fun. And I’ve been given flexibility to work from remote locations when traveling for races/training.
After making the decision to race as an elite next year, and also officially kick off coaching with TeamHPB, I examined more seriously the dilemma of the work vs. triathlon balance. I knew that the one thing I wanted out of my first year of racing as a pro next year was to never feel like I was toeing the line feeling like I could have done more. I didn’t want any “what if’s.” After much thought, I knew that I needed to take a break from the corporate world to put myself in an environment where I could truly excel athletically. I also wanted to be in an environment that gave me proper time to dedicate to my athletes. Competing and coaching are the two things which right now I love to do, and the question kept plaguing me: why was I not making those my full time job?
And then, I decided to do just that: I am leaving AOL at the end of the year to pursue racing and coaching full time!
But, if you know me, you know I also like to be kept busy 🙂 So, I found another project to dig my hands into next year as well. I have known Francesca and Gill of Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports for many years now, since my time at UVA when I worked in their running store. Close friends and mentors of mine, we have always looked forward to a time when I would be in a position to work with them. Lucky for me, that time is now!
And so it is, my life will take a complete flip flop as I begin to do triathlon full time, and then am staying busy part-time as the Director of Marketing for Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports. I am so excited to have this outlet into the athletic industry, and even more excited to be working with – and for – athletes. This is truly going to change my entire lifestyle! You can read more on BTTB here – and better yet, sign up for one of our races!
With the new gig will come a new home base! I am going to move to Charlottesville, VA (home for BTTB) as I begin work with them. Baltimore has been great to me, and may always feel like home. But, I have always said I would love to get back to Charlottesville to live; why not now?! Charlottesville is also a east coast gem for a training ground. Plenty of pools, country roads for riding and running, and trails galore – it’s a gorgeous place for anyone who is an athlete. I am SO excited to be heading back there.
WHEW. One final update before I sign off this post: I am SO proud to announce my partnership for 2014 with SMASH 🙂 I have been a fan of the Smash style since the first Orange Crush kit, and I can not wait to see what Michele and Hillary have in store for the year. I am so honored and excited to be a part of this brand and work with such amazing, inspiring women! We had a super fun event here at the Athlete Studio in DC yesterday, and it was so fun to meet many new faces. Thank you to everyone who came out!!