My name is Audessa Vaught and I started racing triathlons in 2013 with my mom. My first race was the Ramblin Rose Super Sprint in NC and from there I have worked my way up to racing Olympic distance triathlons and have my first Ironman 70.3 on the schedule for this season. I was a swimmer growing up and have coached swimming for the last 12 years so my heart lies in the open water. My parents met cycling so biking has always been a staple in my life and even led to a brother/sister bonding trip to cycle across Spain a few years ago. I’ve had 2 ankle surgeries and basically didn’t learn to run until 2013, but I am gradually learning to appreciate the pounding of my feet on the pavement and have completed 5 half marathons to date. Triathlon has helped me to lose 40 lbs and gain a new appreciation for life along with an amazing new group of friends! Triathlon is a family affair for us and always a great reason for my family to spend time together. I also just love being able to cheer my parents across the finish line. I currently race for The Mohawk Foundation which is a charity team that raises money for ALS and Breast Cancer research and you can find me on race day in a killer hot pink and black race kit and some awesome pink hair. I am also a social worker currently living in Laurel, MD with my 3 cats.