Triathlon Magazine Canada
SKYE TAKES A LEAP OF FAITH
What is it
about triathlon and accounting? Where does the super-analytical person meet the leap-of-faith person? In Skye Moench, they don’t meet as much as overlap.
“This feeling just ate away at me. I was doing taxes and thinking about triathlon constantly, that I could be good at that.” She started to dream of triathlon as a career.
“I was so responsible, taking this super safe path all through school and work,” she says. “I had no debt, my parents were proud of me. It was a great thing. But I’ve also been one that can’t deny my gut feelings, whether speaking on something I’m passionate about or making a change that needs to be made in my life.”
So Moench did was she always does: She made a plan. She talked to her boss about going part time. She got a coach. She felt intentional. “I hadn’t done Ironman-branded races. I didn’t even know there was a pro ecosystem until that time. I hadn’t ever been on a tri bike. I just knew I was pretty good, and that I could get better.”
Friends and colleagues helped convince her logical brain that accounting would always be there if it didn’t work out.
In her last year as an amateur, Moench entered four Ironman 70.3 races. She won all of them as an age-grouper, and qualified for her pro card. And then she leapt.