My name is Dorald, but everyone calls me Dee. I live in the beautiful area of Myersville, Maryland and I am a native New Yorker. I am 57 years young, married almost 30 years to my best friend Scott, and we have grown children Scott, Katherine, and our son in law Kyle. I am a middle school drama director for going on 12 years now. Working with middle schoolers is harder than training!
I started doing triathlons 3 years ago. My first attempt was a 30 minutes indoor triathlon. I have never been athletic. It was something I never attempted and was physically not able to do. You see, I was heavy all my life. Not a few extra pounds- I mean morbidly obese. As my health started declining from high blood pressure and every morning waking in pain, I knew I had to make changes, so I did!
July 5, 2016, is my Independence Day. I had a gastric sleeve done. My highest weight topped 420 pounds. I am now about 142 pounds.
I still cannot run but I can walk, I am not a proficient swimmer, but I try, and can not handle steep inclines on the bike, but I ride (with some walking sometimes).
In 2018, I became a team member for an all women’s triathlon team, Savage Tri Team. A wonderful group of women from all over who empower, support and encourage. I have done the Women’s Philadelphia Triathlon, Tri Wildwoods, and numerous 5ks.
I am very fortunate to have an amazing family that has supported me through this entire journey.
Not only is my health better, but my outlook on life is so different and has opened my eyes to everything I missed out on. I have gone skydiving, horseback riding, river tubing, rope courses, zip lining, and have been in a triathlon with my son.
Standing on the sidelines and watching was my way of life for so many years, but not any more!
I doubt I will ever make podium and I am fine with that, but my goal is to start a race and finish it even if I cross the finish line last, the fact is I DID IT.
I have been at many Racine Events and when this opportunity to apply to be an ambassador arised, I was unsure. I was a little hesitant to apply, but I am so glad I did, and I am truly honored to be part of this team. I want to encourage others to set obtainable goals and make an effort each day. You can achieve whatever you set out to do.
I am living my life to the fullest and trying to make a difference, motivate others, and never stop trying.