Cheers to the weekend! I am joining Kristin over at Sweat Courage (one of my favorite bloggers and inspiring athletes) for a new weekly series where I will be discussing a variety of topics every Friday that don’t necessarily involve training or racing (yes, life outside of training does exist). Plus, it seems like a great way for people to get to know me better.
Today I get to start with 10 secrets about me. Now, these aren’t really secret secrets, but maybe a few things that people might not know about me. Enjoy!
1) I am an only child and embrace my independence. Growing up I always had a very active imagination and loved being outside. We lived out in the country, so I spent a lot of time building forts, climbing trees, collecting bugs – you know, typical things girls do. I also played a lot of Zelda, Tetris, and Mario Bros on my Nintendo. ☺ Don’t worry; my collection of Barbies and My Little Ponies would have impressed you too.
2) I am a bipolar competitive person and have an on and off switch embedded inside me. Most of the time I am competitive with my own personal expectations of myself, but I also get very competitive in race environments and with work. When the competitive switch is turned on, it’s full throttle.
3) I didn’t start wearing make-up until I got to college, and to this day only wear mascara and eyeliner. Well, lip glosses every once in a while. Burt’s-Bees is my go-to chapstick.
4) I love to organize and re-organize things around the house. For some reason it is very therapeutic for me.
5) Reality TV fascinates me. I love the psychology behind it all. I know some of it is staged and hard to take seriously, but the authentic moments really intrigue me. I secretly want to try out for Survivor and the Amazing Race. I also think it would be interesting to teach a class on the psychology of reality TV, fame, and social media.
6) I really don’t like tension and drama… I’m all about forgiveness and moving on.
7) I have a hard time doing nothing. In fact, I don’t know what I would do with myself if I had to do nothing. It would make me crazy. If there is nothing to do, I guarantee I will find something.
8) My love for riding my bike actually started when I was 11 years old. Living out in the country, I was miles and miles away from any friends. Because my parents worked and I could not drive, I would often ride my bike 7 miles through farmland and countryside to visit my friend Kalie, whom I spent a lot of my summers with. My bike took me places I would otherwise not have gone. To this day, Kalie continues to be one of the most important people in my life, and is the one who encouraged me to sign up for a triathlon. Love that girl!
9) I actually had a fear of public speaking before teaching my first class at the University level. I will never forget how terrified I was to step foot into a classroom full of adults and lecture about Personality (the first class I taught). In fact, I blacked out and don’t remember a thing. Slowly this fear has dissolved, but I still get anxiety every time I step into the front of a classroom, especially a lecture hall of 300+ students. It’s not easy, but I love the knowledge I get to share.
10) I prefer a nice quiet Friday night to a big social outing any day. Yes, I love getting together with friends and doing “social” things every once in a while, but I also like relaxing, spending time with my husband, evening walks, watching our favorite shows, and enjoying a glass of wine and popcorn.
Now that I’ve shared my secrets, will you share yours?