I was born missing my lower left leg and only have three functional fingers on each hand, all due to birth defects. I never had two legs and ten fingers so I don’t miss them — it’s all I know. In 1997, I became an EMT while I was a volunteer firefighter. Then in 2007, I joined the New York City Fire Department and have since become a lieutenant. I’m the only active duty amputee on the job. It gives me joy to know I inspire others with what I do.
My first triathlon was Escape from Alcatraz and I was immediately hooked. I've now done three IRONMAN® races and I hope to compete at Kona someday. My best advice is to start small regardless of the size of your goals. We all have good days and bad days, but you have to be willing to put in the time. I’m not the guy who will make the podium, but I will work to get the job done. My wife and children support me through the highs and lows of training and racing and thinking of them motivates me through my toughest race moments. I also love the energy of the other racers. We feed off of each other for moral support.
- HOKA fan Dave Kruysman from New York City, NY #humansofHOKA (📷 Mindy Randall)
Over the past few months we've followed Sophie's journey from the final month of her pregnancy through the birth of her daughter, and documented her steps to recovery from the huge physical changes of pregnancy and labour. We take an honest look into the pre and post natal challenges facing women who want to start and grow their families without compromising their goals. While positive images of female runners are commonplace, we're taking the important step of addressing the often unspoken barriers that women face - both physical and mental.