Hey there! My name is Kailand and instead of writing my life story out for all of you, here are some things I think are key to my life thus far:
Bae-sics: I'm 25 and I was born and raised in Tarpon Springs, FL (and no, I'm not greek, but I am Sicilian so you can make that judgement). I have 2 loving parents named Dean and Cecelia, both of which are incredible super-humans and I don't know where I would be today without them. I have one older sister, Erin, who lives in LA and is a crazy talented singer/songwriter/musician.
Edukaton/Skool/Kareer: I went to Tarpon Springs High School and then to Florida State University where I got my bachelors in Biology. I then got my masters in Biomedical Sciences at University of South Florida while applying to dental school and working as a dental assistant. I currently am a 2nd year dental student at LECOM in Bradenton, FL.
TRI-History: Ever since I could remember (I know that sounds qliche, but in this case, its actually true) I've been around the sport of triathlon. My dad started competing in Ironman Kona the year I was born and almost missed my birthing since the race falls within days of my birthday, Oct. 18th, every year. He continued to race Kona every year until I was 22 (that's right, 22 IN A ROW-yes, its a world record), many of which I was there to witness. So naturally, I was hooked. How could you no be after being submerged in that atmosphere year after year?!
TRI-Experience/Races: I did my first tri when I was 6 years old. I ran cross country/track in high school and for FSU. I was a member of the USA Triathlon Junior National Team from 2006-2010. I did my first 70.3 (Austin) in 2010 and my second in 2011 (70.3 worlds in Clearwater). I raced USAT Collegiate Nationals every year at FSU and 4th overall female was my best finish. After undergrad, I raced Pro for 1 year before starting dental school. Now, I want to give back to the sport everything that it's given me for the past 25 years. Thats why I decided to be apart of the IMF Team.
I LOVE DOGS. I like to: bake, read, binge watch The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, explore new places, try new foods, and always strive to improve myself.
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