Born with an affinity for athletics and activity, competitive sports were an ideal fit for Marisa. At a young age, she participated in everything from gymnastics and soccer to cross-country running and volleyball, but she always felt she had something left inside. Around that time, Marisa was introduced to a bicycle, and it was love at first sight. What she put into biking, she got out of it. For six years, Marisa competed as a professional road cyclist, earning the respect and reputation as one of the strongest female distance riders in the US, with an edge in steep climbs.
Early in 2009, while still a professional cyclist, Marisa took the advice of an elite triathlete and competed in her first long distance triathlon. She shocked the professional and amateur fields at the Kansas 80.3 Triathlon by delivering a performance that topped all amateurs and landed her a seventh place finish in the pro classification. The reward for her achievement was a coveted pro-card. At that point, Marisa knew she had found her sport.
In 2010, she turned her attention and resources to the goal of becoming a top Ironman 70.3 triathlete. She left behind her middle school teaching career and the professional cycling ranks to pursue the dream of attaining the top female ranking in the world among 70.3 and Ironman triathletes.
Outside of competitions, Marisa enjoys being a role model and leader for young women and aspiring athletes. Teaching and competing has enabled her to have a positive impact on children. And her Durango lifestyle embraces the quintessential Colorado way of life, achieving personal success and wholesome living.