Tricia Downing was a high level cyclist who came to San Diego one year and piloted a blind cyclist at CAF’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge. When she was back home in Colorado, she was hit by a car while cycling and ended up paralyzed. While in her hospital bed she applied for a CAF grant to get a handcycle. With that handcycle she became a top paratriathlete, finished two Ironman Triathlon events, competed in Kona, and pushed for Paratriathlon to be included in the Paralympics. She is an author, hosts a webcast called ‘She’s Got Grit’, runs a camp for wheelchair-bound women, and is back racing her handcycle. She really does have grit!