About Me

Ashley Marie

In a nutshell: Unlikely triathlete, bunny mommy, Georgia peach, froyo connoisseur, biker chick, pretend gardener, and sailor with an English degree. Lover of the outdoors, traveling, good literature, and Georgia Bulldogs football. My roots are Alaskan Indian and German. I am happily employed at a law firm as an office manager/legal assistant/wearer of many hats. This is my life.
So what is this blog about? In general, this blog is about trying to find beauty and balance in the chaos that is life through health, faith, fitness, adventures, and relationships. I'll be writing my way though some of life's impossible challenges, as well as some challenges I've set for myself.

For those of you who have conquered something that you previously thought was impossible, you realized that the feeling isn’t quite as satisfying as you had thought. Is it thrilling? Absolutely!!! But it is not SATISFYING. The realm of possibilities is not a destination. It is an ever expanding journey.

When I completed my first 5k in October 2011, I felt on top of the world, but it also gave me a hunger. I searched for the next impossible, and that wound up being a local triathlon. Little did I know that that first triathlon in June 2012 would drive a passion and begin a long journey to self-discovery and self-improvement. My goals and my priorities have changed a lot in these past years. A triathlete has not defined who I am in that time, but it has certainly shaped who I am, as it instills a drive to be the best I can be and to never back down from a challenge.  If someone had told me five years ago I would be doing triathlons or running half marathons, I would have never believed it. Never, ever be afraid to dream, and never, ever stop challenging yourself! 

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." 

- T. S. Eliot

My Journey

Prior to training for that first 5k, I had never run more than a mile, I had never pedaled anything other than my mountain bike as a kid, and I had not done a single lap in the pool since swimming lessons at age 7. As a teenager, I spent my time sailing competitively, up to the national level on several occasions. Many people are surprised to learn that sailing is an extremely demanding and physical sport. As a college freshman, I sailed for University of South Florida’s NCAA women’s sailing team and first discovered my problems with chronic knee pain. Deciding that I no longer had a career in sailing, I moved back home at the end of my second semester to finish school. Constantly living in pain, I never expected to be able to run, as it was often a struggle to squat down and pick up something off the floor or make it up a flight of stairs. Once I graduated however, I was ready for change. And I decided that I was no longer going to let my knee pain be an excuse. So I got in the gym and started moving around. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but what I did have was a passion and determination to complete my first 5k. Fortunately for me, drive and determination can make up for a huge lack of natural athletic talent!
Anyway, the rest is history, or can be found here on my blog. Enjoy!


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