At one of my first races I qualified for my pro license, but I didn't actually apply for my pro card until after my first year. There was only about 6 months between when I graduated in 2012 and raced in the age group elite fields, [and] moved to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center to be part of the Collegiate Recruitment Program there. Once there, things continued to fall into place and [I was] aided in the transition to becoming a draft legal triathlete. My first ITU race was in 2013 in Clermont, Florida. I exited the water in the front pack and then found myself on the bike with some really strong cyclists including some Olympians.