A former professional cyclist in the 90s racing throughout the United States, Europe, and Down Under. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma in dental hygiene before pursuing triathlons and bike racing.
She was noticed and coached by Mike Walden of the Wolverine Sports Club who had coached multiple Olympic athletes. She then coached at Walden School of Cycling in Orlando and Texas for 7 years while pursuing her goals of the 1996 Olympics. During the Olympic Trials, Pettit suffered a heat stroke and had to be life-flighted which curtailed her dreams of an Olympic berth. She then had 2 boys , Pierce and Price, now 18 and 20 years of age.
She got back into cycling in the fall of 2013 because of cyclocross and then started racing road again shortly after. Since then, she has 2 masters World Championships on the track and 18 Nationals on the road, track, cyclocross and mountain bike. She is still racing full time while her oldest is at Northwestern University and her youngest is a senior in high school. She lives in Tulsa and also works as a cycling coach and personal trainer.