During the pandemic lockdowns, a small group of women involved in the auto industry banded together to help them make it through the social isolation and their very personal problems that popped up during that time. One was getting a divorce, another was dealing with unemployment and the prospect of upheaving her life, another had a family illness. We created a safe space to cry and laugh — even if it was only on Zoom once a week. We called ourselves “The Fight Club.” Both of us are a part of that group, and during one of the many conversations expressed a desire to do the Rebelle Rally because another two members of Fight Club had just completed it. We decided to team up.
As we got to know each other as teammates and friends, we realized that we each have personalities that match our spouses. We’re both focused on making this a terrific experience and pushing ourselves to be the best we can, leveraging each other’s strengths.
I love my family more than anything else in the world, and ice cream is a close second. My job as a freelance writer is what I dreamed about doing as a kid, and I can't believe I get to drive cars and write about them for a living!
Austin, TX USA
“Whatever you choose to do, leave tracks. That means don’t do it just for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for your having lived.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I'm a big fan of metal music from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Alice in Chains is my favorite.
I covered the Rebelle in 2021 as a journalist, and I was awestruck by the resilience and strength I witnessed. Last year I was a competitor, and it was one of the hardest things I'd ever done in my life. When we crossed the finish line, Jill said, "Let's do it again!" and I said, "Just give me a minute to let this all soak in." A few days later, I started thinking about how I would improve in 2023 and here we are again.
Anyone who has encountered trauma or survived terrible things in their life and went on to find joy again. It is a triumph of the human spirit. As a rape and domestic abuse survivor at the hands of two different men, I find strength from others and hope to pay that strength forward to the next generation.
Mom and… Podcast
Any book by David Baldacci or Clive Cussler
Night Agent, Ted Lasso, and Cobra Kai
Being a mom to my 14-year-old son. It's absolutely the best, most wonderful, coolest thing I have ever done in my life.
I’m a big believer in helping people when you can, embracing life experiences every day and cutting as much negative energy from your life as possible. That being said, I love my family and friends (and tell them so often) and am always looking for an adventure, but I also am very aware of my own boundaries and understand the power of “no."
Chicago, IL USA
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
I coxed a men’s crew during Oxford Eights when I was in college.
I love a good challenge, and after having run 11 marathons and hit my PR goals, I wanted to tackle a new challenge.
My dad. Until he developed dementia, he was always able to overcome pretty much every physical and mental challenge he encountered through patience and persistence. And even now, when he understands what’s happening, he underlines everything he reads and wants to remember, so he can come back to it later. He knows this is a battle he can’t win, but he’s fighting as long and as hard as he can. I admire his tenacity, and he constantly inspires me to push my boundaries and be the best person I can every day.
Les Miserables, A Gentleman in Moscow, Gone with the Wind
Backpacking across Europe for five weeks with a Eurorail pass, a guidebook and a vague idea of things I wanted to see.