Gender

I took a bit of a different journey than most to become the woman I am today.

I am a transgendered woman. Even though I always had an internal gender identity as female, I was raised outwardly a boy. Needless to say this caused me much confusion. It took me many years to come to terms with being transgendered, and several more years to go through the process of making my outside body match my true self.

I acknowledge this because my past is a part of me. I’m not ashamed of who I am, or who I was. I’m just me.

One question that people sometimes ask is how my transgender status impacts my athletic life and competition.  In 2005, USA Track & Field (USATF) adopted the International Olympic Committee standards that allowed post-operative transsexuals to fully compete in their reassigned gender.  USA Triathlon (USAT) also agreed a few years ago to follow similar guidelines.

I firmly believe I gained no meaningful advantage from growing up in an overweight, non-active body with male hormones.  I didn’t participate in any regular exercise until after I had female normal hormone levels for several years, making the athletic abilities I have gained well within the range of other women training to the same degree.

This page is dedicated to Elizabeth Wilcox – my friend.
May she rest in peace, September 7, 2001