The past few years have brought a great deal of change to my life; in 2017 my Father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dementia with Lewy bodies and in 2018 my Mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In July 2019 my Mother passed, and her passing irrevocably changed my perspective and priorities in life. While I still love triathlon, it doesn’t hold the same place in my life that it used to and therefore, I would like to announce that 2019 will be my final year of racing triathlon.
I had hoped to compete Challenge Daytona as my final event but I have been nursing an impinged nerve in SI that hasn’t allowed me to run or bike much for well over a month now. I would have loved one more finish line, knowing it was my last, but that was simply not meant to be. As my dear friend, Helle Fredriksen, has constantly reminded me throughout this process, we cannot write HOW we retire. I will still attend Challenge Daytona, racing the swim portion of a Pro Am relay, assisting race organizers with announcing and other duties, cheering on friends and athletes, and visiting some of my sponsors.
I would like to say a special thank you to my sponsors in 2019 who stuck by me through a particularly difficult year: Blue Bicycles, Triflare, 361, Base Performance, Amp Human and ISM. As well as these partners: Ceramic Speed, Polar, OGIO, Oakley, NormaTec, Honey Stinger, ROKA, Bungalow Munch, and Feedback Sports. Thank you to all of the coaches who squeezed every ounce of potential out of me. Thank you to the training partners that suffered, laughed, cried, survived, and thrived with me through so many workouts.
This is my 22nd year racing professionally; I am ready for this chapter of my life to close. As cliché as it all sounds, what stands out to me the most are the relationships that have been forged and the trajectory of my life that was forever changed because of this sport. It gave me my husband who I met at a baggage carousel in Puerto Rico in 2005, which lead to a brand-new life in the United States. It gave me some of my closest and dearest friends whom I met through racing and training camps. It brought me to corners of the earth, that I never dreamed I would travel to. Thank you, triathlon; you gave me an incredible 22 years. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that this crazy, wonderful, heartbreaking sport has provided me.
With deepest gratitude, Alicia.