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. She made the switch to triathlon, and within 6 years, Minda has won two USA National Triathlon titles (2009, 2011) and completed 25 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.
Minda is a wheelchair paratriathlete as she completes all three disciplines of a triathlon with her arms. After a failed attempt at the Ironman World Championship in 2012, Minda came back 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 credits the support of her sponsors, friends, family, and coaches as integral to her success in sports. She has never allowed her disability to slow her down. She hopes to inspire those with and without disabilities to not only set athletic goals, but to also work and train hard in order to achieve those goals.