"The Amazing Race" changes lives.
On season 26 of the show, Laura Pierson was a blind-dating racer with Tyler Adams on team "SoCal," and a year later, she's opening up to Wonderwall.com about how she changed after their big win.
"The show gave me a different perspective on life. Many people don't know this, but I didn't do the show because I'm an adrenaline junkie, in fact, I was quite the opposite," she admitted. "I was always fearful of stepping outside my comfort zone. One reason I wanted to be on 'The Amazing Race' was to face my fears and put myself in situations I normally wouldn't."
Scaling down a 500 foot tower in Dallas and heading into the Pacific Ocean alone in a straw canoe are just a couple of examples that she gave.
"After competing in all of these extreme challenges, I began to realize that fear is an illusion and I am way stronger than I ever gave myself credit," she continued. "I hope that I have inspired others to feel the same way!"
So what happened to Laura after the show?
"After the race, I took three days off of work to relax and reconnect with my family and friends," she shared. "After that, I was right back to the hustle and bustle of live TV."
Laura is Senior Producer for a 2-hour morning show called "Home and Family" on the Hallmark Channel. She also is working on a travel show with a fellow female competitor from her season.
"I am so blessed to have had that experience and met such amazing life-long friends!" she said.
"The Amazing Race" is now on season 28, which premieres on Feb. 12, 2016. This season will feature social media influencers including Tyler Oakley.