Kyra Wiens is a professional triathlete, yoga teacher, and holds AN MPA FROM UNC - Chapel Hill.

She has finished in the top 10 of all her pro races over the last year, in addition to 12th at the 70.3 North american Championships and 23rd at the 70.3 world championships in South Africa.

A moment for being black in America

A moment for being black in America

When Enterprise sent a car to come pick me up, it was a young black woman who drove up in a sedan. 

"Are you Kyra?" she said.

"That's me."

"Cool," she said. "Sorry I actually drove by here before, but I didn't know it was you I was supposed to get."

"That's all right," I said.

"They're always sending me on wild goose chase!" she said. She laughed. "Sometimes they don't even tell me the name of the customer!"

"Oh?"

"One time," she said, "I was picking up this lady and she was all like, 'Are you gonna shoot me?!'" My driver laughed again.

I looked at her. "What?" I said.

"'Are you gonna shot me?!' That's what the lady said. And I was like, 'No, I'm not gonna shoot you. I'm your driver.'"

I didn't know what to say, but I didn't laugh. I don't know what it feels like to live as a black person. But I do know what it feels like when you brush off a small moment like this one, then another, then another, until you realize that all these small moments have built themselves into a big wall of shit around you against which your own power can seem so small. And so I was sorry for her.

Taking inventory while hiking

Taking inventory while hiking

Hoping for magic

Hoping for magic