Kona Inspired

Have you faced your biggest fear?
I’ve faced a few and now take my biggest risk … sharing a story of nine lives in hopes that it’ll provide hope for someone to have a more peaceful and powerful life.

My nine lives started as a child with a black widow spider bite. During my late teens I was raped, stalked and shot at; in my early 20s I flew in a plane that lost control and nearly crashed; and in my mid 30s an 18-wheeler rolled over my car.

No need to share more crazy times. Rather let’s focus on the core message. Don’t let negative events dominate your mind like I did. It’s a waste of time.

I became a victim of my own mind. Life sucked. By my late 40s an attitude adjustment was deeply needed, and I wondered … could I teach this old bitch a new trick? Could I learn to enjoy every moment instead of saying, “how am I going to survive this moment?”

To flip my mindset 180-degrees, I needed to do something drastic.


My Ironman race had two goals:
1. Discipline my body to finish in less than 17-hours.
2. Discipline my mind to get through the race without one negative thought.

2010 Ironman Arizona finishing time was 16:07:57, and that race day was the best day of my entire life. Since then I’ve been featured in a few magazines as an inspirational athlete, and that exposure brought me public speaking opportunities.

Sharing this makes me feel vulnerable. Still sharing it is worth the risk of appearing like a victim because someone, somewhere needs to know that their life can be peaceful and powerful, even during challenging moments.

Kona Inspired

My latest goal is to race Ironman’s 2012 World Championships in Kona as an inspirational athlete. The public votes on who wins entry, so please vote for me. Voting is easy.

Annemarie racing for Kona Inspired
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Lastly, I encourage you to follow Joseph Campbell’s advice, “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Follow your bliss. Anything is possible.