As a child, Minda watched from the sidelines as her siblings participated in many sports. Her athletic journey began as a young adult living in NYC, when Minda was given an opportunity to try handcycling. After a few years she made the switch to triathlon, and within 10 years, Minda has won two USA National Triathlon titles (2009, 2011) and completed 35 triathlon and road races. This included her first Ironman Distance Triathlon in Louisville in 2012, just 6 weeks prior to her first attempt at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
A wheelchair paratriathlete, Minda completes all three disciplines of a triathlon with only her arms. After a failed attempt at the Ironman World Championship in 2012, Minda returned to the race even stronger in 2013 and she persevered under difficult conditions, pressure and heat.
On October 12, 2013, Minda added her name to the Ironman World Championship history books. With her 14:39:14 finish in Kona, Minda became the first official woman handcyclist to complete this event, by swimming 2.4 miles, handcycling 112 miles and pushing a racing wheelchair 26.2 miles.
This accomplishment led Minda to have the honor of being nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability in 2014. Minda is the only female wheelchair athlete in the world to have completed four Ironman distance triathlons AND six Half-Ironman distance triathlons on six continents.
Today, Minda continues to work for a large global insurer while training part-time with her husband and daughter.