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Average Tri Girl Inspire Me Questionnaire
Name:

Age (only if you want to share):

How did you get involved?

Why are you tri- ing?

Occupation:

What is the hardest part about training for the race?

What is your favorite thing about training and racing?

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule?

What are some of your race fears?

If you have done one before How do you feel during the race?

How do you feel at the finish line?

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it?

What inspires you?

Favorite Inspirational quote?

Other Races you have done in the past? (5K’s, bike, etc)

Name: Amy Douglas
Age: 33

How did you get involved?
I first heard about the Iron Girl tri from Mandy. When I was pregnant last year I decided I wanted to set a post-baby goal for myself, so I decided that 2011 would be my year to complete a triathlon.

Why are you tri- ing?
To prove to myself that I can do it. Until a couple of years ago, I would have considered myself to be one of the LEAST athletic people on the face of the planet. I always felt inadequate when it came to doing anything athletic. I started running in 2009, and was amazed to discover that I could actually do it. Not only that, but I actually enjoyed doing it! I set a goal to complete a half marathon, which I did in September ’09. For someone who spent her entire life feeling incapable of doing anything athletic, that was a life-changing accomplishment. It felt amazing to achieve something I once believed was impossible. After completing a half marathon, I decided I wanted a new challenge to work towards. A triathlon seemed very intimidating, but I wanted to push myself and try something new.

What is the hardest part about training for the race?
Fitting training into my schedule and working around my 3.5 year old and 8 month old.

What is your favorite thing about training and racing?
How GREAT it makes me feel, both physically and mentally, to be active. I think I may be discovering that I love swimming! Also, training with friends is a great bonding experience.

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule?
I get up at 5:00 am every day to train. It’s the only way I can get it in!

What are some of your race fears?
I’m nervous about biking because I’m inexperienced and there are so many things that could go wrong with the bike. I’m most nervous about putting all the pieces of the race together. I feel pretty confident that I can do the different race portions individually, but I’m not sure how it will go when I put them all together.

If you have done one before How do you feel during the race?
Iron Girl Boulder will be my first tri – I’m hoping I will feel great! I have done running races before, and I usually feel pretty good. Adrenaline helps a lot!

How do you feel at the finish line?
The finish line is always amazing, no matter what the race is!

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it?
You can do it. Really – if I can do it, you can do it!

What inspires you?
My life is blessed with countless amazing people who inspire me. I am especially inspired by people who are able to maintain a positive attitude through difficult circumstances.

Favorite Inspirational quote?
“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” — Buddha

Other Races you have done in the past?
I’ve done a couple of 10K’s and a half marathon.

Age:34/35 on March 5th

How did you get involved?

Facebook invitation from Mandy.

Why are you tri- ing?

My oldest child is 6 years old – when I got pregnant with him I was 50 pounds overweight and had tried all of the diets.  I was severely asthmatic as a child and so have always had a aversion to any type of heavy exercise. After becoming a mom, it was suddenly very important to me that my kids live a healthy active lifestyle, and I knew that I needed to be their role model. So about 2 weeks after delivering my son, my mother and I headed to Lake Murray with my son in tow and started to walk. It was really tough some days, when it seemed like all he did was cry and fuss, but we faithfully met each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and walked – increasing our miles as time went on. I discovered that being outdoors, and getting moving was an amazing help with the post-partum blues, I enjoyed the talks my mother, and I really noticed a difference in the way I felt. It is now six years later, and we still walk every Monday Wednesday and Friday, but we have progressed to hiking Iron Mountain, Mt. Woodson, and Cardiac Hill. Both of my children have spent every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the first 3 years of their lives enjoying the outdoors with their mother and grandmother and getting to see how important it is to be active!

What is the hardest part about training for the race?

All of my life, I have struggled with joint and muscle pain, several years ago I started to have severe pain in my feet – long story short after a year and half of appointments with specialists of every kind, I was finally diagnosed this year with Fibromyalgia which is a very common arthritis-related illness that causes widespread muscle and joint pain andfatigue as well as other symptoms. Since being diagnosed, I am finally feeling much relief from the pain and fatigue, but some days it is still a struggle.

What is your favorite thing about training and racing?

I love training with this amazing group of ladies! Everyone is so supportive and really wants to see each other succeed. It’s wonderful to be a part of something that has been such a life-changing event for most of us.

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule?

I have to admit I am a bit behind. I do my hikes still three days a week in the morning right after dropping the kids off at school, and I swim twice a week at night when my husband can watch the kids. Saturday mornings my husband also watches the kids for the bike ride/swim. I haven’t had the time to do the Wednesday rides.

What are some of your race fears?

I am really afraid of the bike ride. With a weekend vacation and the last few rainy weekends, the longest ride I have done so far is 8 miles – so I know I need to really get going on that part!

If you have done one before How do you feel during the race?

Never done any type of race before.

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it?

So far it has been an amazing feeling – I would say go for I t – it’s so important to take the time for yourself!

What inspires you?

My kids are my biggest inspiration – I want them to see me and to know that if they try their hardest, they can do anything!

Favorite Inspirational quote?

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” — Maya Angelou

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Name: Laura Mount (www.wifemotherathlete.com)

Wife Mother Athlete
Laura with her twins

 

Age: 35

 

How did you discover triathlons?

I can’t remember when I first discovered triathlon.. probably while running marathons with Team in Training. I had put it off and put it off. Then I had twins in 2006 and as they were lessening their hold on my body I wanted to get back into a routine. I thought about doing another marathon with Team in Training (I had moved and was looking to find training partners too) and decided life wasn’t going to get any less complicated as the kids got older so I may as well just jump in and do this tri thing! So off I went when my babies were 8 months old to sign up for my first triathlon. (In retrospect this sounds absolutely insane. BUT it was exactly what this tired mama needed to light a fire under my butt.) I completed three triathlons that first year and signed up to mentor for team in training the next year. That following year I saw a woman with her one year old pre-race and thought ‘WOW she’s doing a triathlon and she just had a baby!’… then realized I had done the same thing! It can be done ladies! IT CAN!

Why are you tri- ing?

Because I can. Because it’s challenging. Because it gives me something just my own to strive for and achieve. Because it gives me the quiet time I need (training). Because it MAKES me take time for myself. Because I love the camaraderie of it. Because it’s badass (can I say that?).

What is the hardest part about training for the race?

Getting it all in. I reevaluate every week at the beginning of the week and juggle accordingly, but some days it just doesn’t get done. Keeping this in perspective is always good. I get the training done as best I can based on our current life and go from there when race day arrives. I just ran a marathon and had to readjust my expectations because this winter has been rough – bad weather, lots of sickies, minor injury and poor workouts. So instead of gunning for a PR I just ran… and it was just what I needed.

What is your favorite thing about training and racing?

My favorite thing is the friendships I’ve made over the years in this crazy sport. The supportive of other women and mothers is amazing stuff!

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule?

I make it a priority. If you want something bad enough you will figure out how to get it done. As the season gets rolling, we have more day light and the weather gets better I change to mostly EARLY a.m. workouts. I’m NOT a morning person, but this is what works and I’m a much better wife and mother when I’ve gotten my sweat on! I also plan ahead. I create an overall schedule to get me to the race, but then look at each week as it comes to see what’s coming up for the week and where I might need to juggle and move things to accomodate the family.

What are some of your race fears?

Not finishing strong. I think having a family helps keep all of this in check because I don’t get a lot of time leading up to a race to really think about it so I focus on envisioning myself having fun and finishing strong. I get race jitters leading up to the race, but once that gun goes off it’s all business.

If you have done one before,  How do you feel during the race?

Once things get going the nerves subside and I focus on my own race. Not every race is great some days you feel like an absolute rock star and some days you feel like garbage! Either way when you cross that line you feel AMAZING!

How do you feel at the finish line?

Love the finish line. I’m usually kind of emotional. Strange things happen when you strip yourself down by way of endurance sports. I always feel like I accomplished something beyond just the distance traveled.

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it?

Go for it! You’ve got nothing at all to lose and you won’t regret it! Conquering the challenge of triathlon will bring you so many things beyond the sense of accomplishment! I have gotten to know myself better and have met some of the most amazing people through the process.

What inspires you?

Other people in the sport. First timers really get me going. I love to see people putting themselves out there and doing things they once thought they couldn’t. The community of people helping each other achieve these goals is amazing and an experience all involved will treasure forever.

Favorite Inspirational quote?

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michaelangelo

Other Races you have done in the past? (5K’s, bike, etc)

I’ve raced a number of triathlons, 4 marathons and countless road races (running) of varying distances. You can check it all out on my blog www.wifemotherathlete.com My favorite running distance is the half marathon. It’s challenging enough that there is no faking it, but the training isn’t so all consuming that you can fit it easily into your daily schedule. I’m not yet sure of my favorite tri distance. I attempted a 70.3 and think that will be my favorite, but I DNFd because of bike problems. This year I will conquer the distance. Come on over and see how it’s going!
Lora Erickson aka Blonde Runner

USATF certified running coach

Sponsored athlete, owner Blonde Runner Health in Utah

www.blonderunner.com

Age: 38 (ya can’t be shy about your age when you are a triathlete – it will be written on your calf)

How did you get involved?

Several years ago I was flipping through the pages of a newspaper and I came across an inspiring picture of Ray Browning, a professional triathlete finishing the third annual Ironman Triathlon in Oahu in 1980. He was able to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a 26.2 mile marathon – one right after the other! I was amazed that the human body could be trained for such an undertaking. I thought to myself that I could possibly do something like that one day. I am on a quest to complete the Ironman distance and go to Kona. I have run for over 25 years and ran on scholarship in college, so it has been fun to take on the new challenge of triathlons.

Why are you tri-ing?

I have absolutely loved the challenge of training and competing in triathlons. I love to push myself and see what I can do. I also have a deep passion for coaching others.

What is the hardest part about training for a race?

Fitting it all in can always be tricky as a wife, mother of four small children, and being a full-time coach and business owner but somehow it all gets done. Then again – I love to organize things and see how much I can squeeze into a small amount of time.

What is your favorite thing about training and racing?

My favorite thing about racing is the atmosphere, music and camaraderie that I feel at a race event. I also love to push myself in training but racing is the cherry on top to me. It’s the time to let all the hard work shine through.

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule?

I feel a little planning ahead goes a long way to help get all the training in that I need. I also think it’s very effective to have a plan B just in case and remain flexible because life isn’t always predictable.

What are your race fears?

My race fears are probably pretty common. I worry that I might get a flat tire or crash on my bike, etc…I find much more effective to focus on the positive possibilities like hitting my time goal, breaking my 5K triathlon PR etc..

How do you feel during the race?

I am very anxious before races, but during I am very focused and driven. I love to race.

How do you feel about the finish line?

I am always excited when I can see the finish line. It’s a thrill to know “I am almost there” and I’m always very ready to drink/eat the refreshments and enjoy the atmosphere and music. I am excited to see and hear how my athletes and friends did.

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it?

Go for it! Give it a try, you won’t know if you like it until you give it a “tri”. I always recommend hiring a coach or joining a group to help accelerate the learning process and stay motivated. It’s much more fun if you have someone to share the experience with. You never know what an orange tastes like until you try it. http://blonderunner.com/2008/01/taste-an-orange/

What inspires you?

Beginners inspire me. They are the people that are taking on something new. It can be uncomfortable and difficult. It’s not easy and I admire them. I also find inspiration in top pro’s that dedicate themselves to becoming a student of the sport.

Other races I have done in the past?

I have done literally hundreds of races in my athletic career from short 400 meter sprints in track & field to the marathon distance. I always strive to continually improve each year and would love to compete at the World Ironman Championships in Kona one day. My recent race results can be found on my website at http://www.blonderunner.com under Who is Blonde Runner. Here is the direct link: http://blonderunner.com/about/who-is-blonde-runner/. I enjoy racing.

Triathlete and Iron Girl

The Blonde Runner

Lake Tahoe Iron Girl finisher
You did it Stephanie! You are an Iron Girl!

Name: Stephanie Miller

Age: 32

How did you get involved? I knew Mandy was doing the Iron Girl Triathlon and wasn’t able to go the first year. But, the pictures she posted were motivation enough to make me want to do it. So, when the time came, I got off the fence and jumped in.

Why are you tri- ing? At first, it was to prove to myself and others that I could do it. Now, it’s to maintain an active lifestyle. I love having something to work towards and train for.

What is the hardest part about training for the race? The swimming. I am still not comfortable with putting my face in the water. But every time I am in the water, I get more and more comfortable, and I am getting there.

What is your favorite thing about training and racing? I would have to say the friendship that comes along with the training. It’s great to have a group of women to share experiences with, and just to keep each other going. I know I have been inspired by the stories that everyone has been posting, and it has motivated me to do better, or try harder. As far as events, I would say it’s a tie for the bike and run.

Triathlon Bike picture
Iron Girl Stephanie Miller during bike portion of Triathlon

How do you fit the training into your busy schedule? I have to seize every opportunity to get training in now with my husbands work schedule, no matter how cold or bad the weather may be. I put the bike on the trainer, see if someone can watch the kids while I run around the block a couple times, and hit the pool while the kids are being cared for even if I can see my breath in the process. It is absolutely nuts, but I find a way to get it in.

What are some of your race fears? Grindylows. Just kidding. Probably getting injured and not finishing, or getting a flat tire and feeling stranded.

If you have done one before, how do you feel during the race? Nerves are always an issue for me. Once I hit that water, I know the time has come and there is no turning back. I have to just focus on the task at hand when it is happening. When I get in from the bike and realize I am just that much closer to the finish… THAT is where the endorphins start to kick in big time.

How do you feel at the finish line? Amazing! With the DJ announcing your name, people cheering you on, and the medal at the finish line… there is nothing like it. I had tears in my eyes a little before heading into the finish, knowing I had accomplished something that I set out to do. (Some random man was standing there cheering people as they passed. He looked at me and said “You are almost there!” Instant tears, but as I got closer, a smile replaced the tears.)

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it? Do it! You hear everyone say “If I can do it, you can too”. But, really, you won’t know unless you try. It’s an amazing experience, and you can say that you did it and be proud of what you accomplished!

What inspires you? My kids. I see how my choices to do these races has shown them that you can do what you set out to do. My son was not interested at all in running, and completed a 5k with me, beating me to the finish line. We have all been a lot more active now that I have started doing tris and 5ks.

Favorite Inspirational quote? “At just the moment you say, ‘I give up’, someone, seeing the same thing is saying, ‘What a great opportunity.’ ”

Other Races you have done in the past? (5K’s, bike, etc) Iron Girl (Vegas) /(Tahoe), Disneyland 5k, Finish Chelseas Run (March 5th)

Iron Girl Stephanie Miller at Triathlon Finish line
Way to go Iron Girl
Just your average Triathlete Ashley Johanson

Triathlon friends getting ready to bike!

Age: 25

Number of Children: 0 of my own. 187 of other people’s kids and that is enough for me!

Occupation: Junior High Nutrition Teacher

How did you get involved? I got involved with the average tri girls through, Mandy. Johnny (her husband) is my cousin.

Why? I am a HUGE fan of girl stuff, some of my best friends I have met through racing.

Have you done any previous races? I have done the Echo Triathlon, two half marathons, four Ragnar relays (3 Utah, 1 Las Vegas) and multiple 5 & 10K’s.

What is it like crossing the finish line? As amazing as it feels to cross the finish line, what feels best to me is looking back on the weeks of training and knowing that I did it. I could have done so many other things but I chose to be up at 4:45 am everyday training 🙂

What is the hardest part about the race to prepare for? For me the hardest part is the swim–Last year I took adult swim class to get ready; I felt SO stupid. I couldn’t even swim with my head facing down in the water. Swimming is why I decided to tri anyway, anything that scares me….sign me up! The whole first tri season swimming scared the crap out of me but now I LOVE IT. Swim day is my favorite. I didn’t even have a bike when I registered for my first tri so my cousin and I had to research everything online. I didn’t know anything about anything….first timers should be so glad we have a group.

What is your favorite part of training and racing? My favorite part about training and racing is how strong and confidant I feel. I’m not the same person I was a few years ago…I was okay then but I have a new zest for life now.

What are some of your race fears? Last year I had a done of fears….what if I can’t transition fast enough, what if I’m the last one out of the water…but this year I’m not afraid. Last year I just wanted to finish, this year I want to compete. Watch out Las Vegas!

What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it? Do it! You won’t regret it! Even if you are the last across the finish line you’ll be a better person when you are through.

Ashley showing off her wetsuit

Triathlete Ashley modeling her wetsuit

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Dianne Fink - Iron Girl!

Dianne with her great supporting husband Peter

Dianne is as Dedicated as triathletes come!!!!

Age: 58 – soon to be 59

Number of Children: 2 kids and 4 grandsons

Occupation: retired junior high school administrator

How did you get involved? Last year while working out with my gym buddy, Jody, she told me about this triathlon she was going to do with a few other women. I was terrified to commit to something so big – all those miles. But one day I just decided to challenge myself – and I jumped right in with both feet. And questioning my sanity for the next three months – what had I gotten myself into.

Why? I am pretty good at following through when I set a challenge in front of myself. Once I tell others about what I am going to do I know I need to do it.

Have you done any previous races? I did a much smaller tri held right here in the community where we live a few years ago – again just happy to finish it.
If so, what is it like crossing the finish line? It’s very hard to describe the emotions you feel when you cross the finish line – for me it’s like the flood gates open full spread. The tears are one of happiness, exhaustion, elation – I did it – everything rolled into one. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to put that medal around your neck and you know you are an Iron Girl – wow! How many people do you know who can say that about themselves.

What is the hardest part about the race to prepare for? For me, it’s the swim. I did the entire swim last year with my head out of the water. I never learned how to properly do the freestyle and added to the fact that I have a fear of putting my face in the water, very claustrophobic. So you can imagine how slow and painful the swim is for me. So this year, I took swim lessons and can actually put my face in the water and swim – then I have my little panic breathing attacks – head comes out for a while and then I can put it back in -my extreme thanks to the time and patience of my swim instructor Jocelyn.

What is your favorite part of training and racing? I have to say it’s training with everyone – what an amazing group of women. No one gets down, we laugh, we swim, we ride – we keep each other going. During the race – how can you not feel like part of a greater whole than participating with hundreds of other women out to enjoy themselves. Women supporting women!

What are some of your race fears? Biggest fear – getting a flat tire and not remembering how to change the tire or forgetting to take my feet out of the baskets as you are coming back into the transition area and falling off my bike in front of everyone – that would hurt and be a little embarrassing.
What would you say to women who are thinking about doing it? If ever there was this saying, “If I can do it, anyone can” – it fits. I am the oldest in the group, need to lose the same 40 pounds and I did it. I finished and that was my goal.

Favorite Inspirational Quote: Don’t sell yourself short – you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

I don’t want to forget all of the support I get from my husband. Last year he was there helping with bikes and tires – taking pictures. There isn’t a lot for them to do as we do our thing – they watch us go into the water and then come out. We then head out on our bikes and they watch us come back only to take off again for the run. But he’s there at the finish line to give me a hug.

Our 2nd Spotlight is Jody Bento!  I love this girl!!!!


Name: Jody

Age: 41

Occupation: Graphic Designer

First Triathlon: Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas 2009

Favorite Part of Triathlon: The high from training and that feeling of accomplishment when you finish (it’s addicting).

Scariest Part: Hate Hate Hate the run!

Number of Children:  Does my Husband or Dog count?

Why I Love Iron Girl: Being surrounded by positive supportive women.

Why I Tri:

Honestly I have no idea why I first decided to do this with Mandy two years ago. I think I had just heard a talk in church about doing hard things. I think I was just crazy.  Also Mandy was just so enthusiastic I got caught up.

Prior to this I hated to exercise (I didn’t like to sweat) and I was very insecure about exercising with other people, I didn’t want to hold them back.  I have now discovered I LOVE to bike. I think it is the downhill speed.  I love to swim, you feel so free in the water. Still hate the run though.  I really enjoy the training groups. The other ladies keep me motivated to train but ultimately it is an individual sport. It is entirely up to you to get out there and train and it’s just you and your bike trying to make it up that hill. It makes me push myself a little harder. Also, fear of failure is a real motivator to keep me training! The scariest part for me was deciding to do it. Once I was committed I didn’t want to fail. The entire time I was training the first year I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to finish. The race was one of the hardest things I have ever done and one of the most rewarding.

When I crossed that finish line for the first time I felt such a feeling of accomplishment. I also like that little moment of surprise I get from people when I tell them that I have done TWO triathlons! I am not the typical triathlete. Last year I finished dead last, but I finished. That is why the Iron Girl is such an amazing race with such a positive message. The women are very encouraging and supportive from the pros to the newbies and women of all ages, shapes and sizes are encouraged to participate.  I don’t think you get that same feeling from any other race. The second year I discovered how rewarding it can be to go as a group and support and encourage each other.  The race is just the celebration of all your training.

My motto is: “Don’t Dream it, Be it”

My name is Jody and I am a Triathlete!

Our first Average Tri Girl spotlight is my Mother!

Name: Pam
Age: 56
Occupation: Mother, Wife, and Case Manager at a Disability Law Firm
First Triathlon: Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas 2009
Favorite Part of Triathlon: Being with my daughters and other super inspirational women in our group.
Scariest Part:
The Swim, I am always pretty sure I am going to die… once I finish the swim I figure I am home free!
Number of Children: 5

Why I Love Iron Girl: You are just trying to do the best you can do.

Why I Tri:
A few years ago after finding out that our family has a genetic blood
clotting disorder, Mandy decided we all needed to do something to keep
fit. She resolved to do this crazy thing we had never even heard of,
called triathlon! But not only was SHE going to do it, she was determined
that ALL the women in the family were going to do it! I fought her long
and hard, but she would not take no for an answer, and somehow, at age 52,
I ended up doing my first Iron Girl Triathlon along with 3 of my 4
daughters and a family friend!

My initial, reluctant attempts were daunting. The first time I got in a
pool to “swim,” I literally thrashed through the water for about 15 feet
and had to stop, gasping and gulping for air, my limbs utterly spent from
the effort. I vehemently informed Mandy that I would NEVER be able to
swim 800 meters, in a lake (horrifying!), much less add on 18 miles on a
bike and a 5K run! Never, ever. But she is one tough coach, and would
not accept age, condition, lack of desire, or anything else for an excuse.
She cracked the whip and there was no mercy!

This year I am 55 and am doing it for the third time, along with the many
new people that Mandy has drafted into her Average TriGirl group, which
has grown each year! Training is a fun, if challenging process, but it’s
always better when we have each other to encourage and motivate one
another. Most of us are not athletes. We are just “average” women,
college students, moms, grandmas, young and old. But when you cross that
finish line and realize that you’ve really done it, you’ve pushed yourself
far beyond what you thought your capacity was, you’ve accomplished
something you never thought you could do, there is nothing “average” about
it. You feel like superwoman!

The key to success in Triathlon is to just keep moving forward. My goal
each year is simple: FINISH. It truly is not about winning or losing,
it’s just about finishing. Iron Girl in particular is a fabulous event.
It is women only, and just a wonderful “girl’s weekend” experience. Many
of us have husbands who come along as our “roadies” or support group, and
they have been invaluable with their help and enthusiasm.

Mandy coined a phrase for her group, “Alone just average, but together
strong as iron.” That really sums up the Iron Girl experience. Average
women coming together with a mutual goal of self-improvement, and helping
each other to acheive that goal. I encourage anyone to come join us, and
you’ll be surprised at what you can do! I mean it when I say this: If I
can do it, ANYONE can!

7 Comments
  1. Jen permalink

    Well said! Great message, I love how most of us feel we are doing it for the personal accomplishment, not to win.

  2. Dianne Fink permalink

    Pam you continue to be my inspiration! Let the “oldies” rock!!

  3. Brandy permalink

    Pam, we’ll never forget that first triathlon, will we? I’m always pretty sure I’m going to die in the water too! And my first time swimming preparing for 2009 sounds exactly like yours! I am so proud of you! You are such an inspiration!

  4. Jody permalink

    Great Profile! I loved all the training we did together that first year. Great job!

  5. Dianne Fink permalink

    Jody – your profile was right on. The group helps to keep us going but, like you said, ultimately it is up to each of us to do it for ourselves.

  6. I cannot aggree more what a mighty well written article, thank you for sharing it.

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