I participated in the i-tri program from sixth to eighth grade. Even though I was an active athlete participating in competitive gymnastics, junior lifeguarding, surfing, stand up paddling, long distance bike riding and dancing, I had no confidence in my athletic ability and as I entered the sixth grade the social dynamic of middle school became daunting. I doubted myself athletically, academically and socially. Through my participation in i-tri, I gained the courage and self-worth to stand up for myself and be me. The i-tri coaches and the team of girls I participated with helped me acknowledge and identify my strengths. This sense of confidence that I developed during I-tri came as a result of small group chats with girls and learning creative visualizations and affirmations. There is another gift that i-tri has given me. For the last four years I have been given the opportunity to mentor the new i-tri girls. Mentoring has given me the chance to give back to a program that I love and believe in. It is an incredibly rewarding feeling to know that I am teaching the girls a way to transport themselves independently in the world. It is amazing to watch a girl who has never ridden a bike, ride into the distance for the first time. I remember the first year I crossed the finish line how exhilarated and empowered I felt. Now, every year, I get to ride alongside the girls encouraging and supporting them during the seven-mile bike ride. I witness their heightened sense of confidence in both their physical and emotional endurance and strength, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. I can honestly and wholeheartedly say I am the person I am today because of i-tri.