Julie Bockey has been on more adventures in her first 43 years than most people will experience in a lifetime.

From Air Force security policewoman in Turkey to 70.3-crushing ER nurse in Temperance, Mich., Julie Bockey has been on more adventures in her first 43 years than most people will experience in a lifetime. Next up: The mother of two autistic sons aims to foster greater acceptance of people with special needs through her favorite sport, triathlon. Meet our relentlessly cheerful, endlessly inspirational contest winner, and find her on the cover of our June issue—on newsstands now.

Video and cover image by Oliver Baker.