World Record Ambition
Competitive kayaker Traci Martin is testing her limits again. In her mind’s eye, she already sees the finish line of her world record endurance attempt, shimmering some 8,600 miles in the distance. To reach it, she’ll circumnavigate four of the Great Lakes; paddle the Saint Lawrence Seaway before crossing the Bay of Fundy; propel herself up the Hudson River past Niagara Falls; then paddle the coast of Lake Erie.
Her confidence and focus have helped her navigate uncharted territory, including her biggest transition of all: discovering in 2010 at age 42 that she, is living with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease that inflames the joints and can make everyday motions agonizing.
Life with RA has made her all the more determined to pursue her dreams, to have no regrets.