In Episode 16 we introduce Mandy Midgett. Mandy is a retired Air Force service member, triathlete, and interim Executive Director of United States Military Endurance Sports non-profit organization. Mandy was a dancer from the young age of 3, and turned down a full scholarship to join the Air Force. Enlisted in 1990, and entered the Air Force in 1991. Mandy learned about triathlon while stationed in Panama, where she trained with co-workers with strong backgrounds in swimming, cycling, and running. A former track and field athlete, Mandy stated running was her Achilles heel, and swimming was a whole other challenge for her. In a time before internet Mandy tells of her growth in triathlon, some of her struggles and victories along the way, and the influences she’s had.
In 2013 Mandy joined the United States Military Endurance Sports group, a non-profit organization originally designed to help active duty military cyclists train for the military games. The group has since expanded to runners, triathletes, and adventure racing. Mandy describes how the group is a diverse body of all the military branches, and is both active and veteran service members of all ability levels. Being an advocate and ambassador for endurance sports, Mandy has two full time jobs. She coaches for her Fierce and focused Triathlon team, and she is the interim Executive Director for USMES. She is a true Endurance Warrior. Listen to Mandy’s inspiring story as she describes her 25+ years in triathlon, and learn about the resources she’s used and continues to use.