Nov. 08, 2016, 12:28 p.m. (ET)


At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Paratriathlete Allysa Seely made history. Not only did she lead a U.S. podium sweep in the women's PT2 triathlon, she took home the first-ever gold medal in the event as the sport made its Paralympic debut. But with her own Paralympic debut now in the rear view mirror, Seely knows that the journey was just as valuable as the hardware she walked away with.

Seely returned home to Arizona and an intimate celebration with close friends and family. She was immediately struck by the fact that what she'd been training for for four years was suddenly over. While part of her is understandably sad, she has already begun to look toward the next four years and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.