Green Light. Go! That was was my mantra leading up to Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that I completed this last June. I jumped into the San Francisco Bay off the coast of Alcatraz Island to start my most epic Triathlon thus far. Wow!!!! Was that hard! But to quote A League of Their Own, “ It’s supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t hard everyone would be doing it, the hard is what makes it great.”

Triathlon has taught me a lot about myself. I started on this triathlon journey in 2007 when I signed up for Blue Water Triathlon in Parker, AZ. I trained with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, fundraising for that organization. It was a modified olympic distance in that the bike was longer than an olympic and the run was a bit shorter at 8k instead of 10k. Still 65 kilometers later I was officially a triathlete. When I started training for this triathlon I literally knew nothing about triathlon, except that I’d be swimming, biking and running, I’m not even sure I knew which order I’d be doing all that in. I initially trained with a mountain bike and later with a borrowed spray painted road bike with shifters on the down tube from a friend of mine. The point being that it doesn’t take a lot to get going in triathlon. Triathlon seemed like an ideal outlet for me in that historically when I trained in one sport too much I found that I often sustained overuse injury and that one aspect I liked was that cross-training seemed like the motto of triathlon.

What have I learned from participating in triathlon....

I have learned that anyone can participate in triathlon. One of the best things about triathlon is that they have races really for everyone. Everything from superminis sprints. To Iron Man distances. And everything in between. I have completed 11 triathlons most of which have been in the last 2 years.

I have also learned that I am my own best competition. I love trying to best myself. I love looking back on prior races and seeing my times reflect my training efforts.

What is your favorite part of training….

I think one of the reasons why I love training for a triathlon is that it really can be a team effort. Even though the sport often times is an individual sport on race day (although with having had the best sherpas in Arizona I KNOW it is never an individual event) there is an entire team that helps ME get to race day. Between training partners, coaches, sometimes even physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists, I joke (only half- way) that it takes a big team to get me to the finish line.

What is your favorite part of racing.…

One of my favorite sayings is that, “Race Day is my favorite day of the week.” And in my experience that really is true. The excitement of getting up (way too) early, having all my equipment, nutrition and hydration all laid out and ready to put all the pieces of the training plan into play is really the most exciting part.

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