• Nurse Anesthesiology is...Courage

    By Heather J. Rankin

    Duathlete Amy Davis, CRNA, had the opportunity of a lifetime, as she called it, to represent Team USA in the 2021 World Triathlon Duathlon Championships in Avilés, Spain, this past fall.

    “It was truly a magical experience being able to represent the red, white, and blue while competing against some of the fastest competitors in the world,” Davis said. Davis has won her age group in many of her U.S. events. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in May 2021, she placed second in her age division and qualified for the World Championship.

    There are multiple similarities between a successful nurse anesthetist and an athlete. Apart from the courage to take on challenges, the most apparent qualities are “a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to commit to doing your best consistently,” Davis said.

    The duathlon World Championship consisted of a 5-mile run, 20 miles of biking, and then a final 2-mile run. Davis competed against athletes from around the world in the women’s age 30-34 division, where she finished 10th overall and first on the American team.

    For Davis, the best parts of the race were receiving an American flag from the team manager shortly before crossing the finish line and finishing with a fellow American by her side. She met many American teammates from across the country and was grateful to have formed special relationships over the course of the week.

    Like her everyday occupation as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Davis has found training and education to be the key to her success. For her profession, Davis earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked in a Pediatric Emergency Department and then a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit before furthering her education to become a CRNA. She currently specializes in pediatric anesthesia.

    For her athletic pursuits, Davis’s training is tailored to the race she is working toward. This past year was her first year racing Half Ironman distance: a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. Other components of her training regimen remain consistent — Davis typically trains six days a week with two sessions a day.

    “I am very grateful to my parents who emphasized to me as a young child the importance of working hard and giving your best every day,” Davis said. “After playing Division 1 college soccer, I was eager to transfer my athletic energy into another avenue. I am beyond thankful that my parents introduced me to the sport of triathlon and shared their knowledge and passion for the sport with me.”

    Davis competed again the first weekend in June at Lake Lanier Olympic Park and is always looking forward to her next competition — and another chance to compete for Team USA. Her CRNA community will continue to cheer her courage along the way.