I never considered myself an athlete. Maybe a wanna be, but never a true athlete. For starters, I didn’t exactly have an athletic build. I have always had a few extra pounds on me, and could never successfully loose enough weight to peak as an athlete.
Probably because of the extra weight, I participated in non-running sports through high school, always filling the role of “leader” or “most improved”. I was never noted for my athletic achievements. However, I loved being outside and active, and that passion kept me going.
After graduating college, I was at a loss without the sports and workouts I had become so familiar with. I knew that I needed to find something to fill that void, and I turned to my nemesis, running.
Running and I were never friends. In fact, running and I had an adversarial relationship. I chose sports that did not require running. Instead I opted to swim and row. However, once I was in the real world with unpredictable schedules and travel I needed something that could keep me active when I didn’t have a gym. I decided it was time to take on my nemesis running and conquer him once and for all .
I did my first 5k in the spring of 2010 and I was hooked. I loved the energy of the crowd, the excitement of a race, and being able to race against no one but myself.
In the 2012 season, plagued by running overuse injuries I was looking for another outlet. As a kid, I was intrigued by triathlons because of my swimming and cycling background, but I never saw myself doing one because I couldn’t run. Now that I had conquered running, I was excited to try a triathlon.
When signing up for my first triathlon (Hudson Crossing), I noticed that there was an option to enter as an Athena athlete (a female over 150 pounds). I don’t mind admitting that I am on the heavier side, and I was interested to see if competing against other athletes that were closer to my weight might produce different results.
Boy was I surprised! In my triathlon, I place second in the Athena division. I have never ever been competitive or placed in anything athletic.
Fueled by this success I dove in to triathlons, with a focus of racing in the Athena division. I love having found a nice where heavier athletes cam be competitive. In my 2012 season, I competed in three races as an Athena: Hudson Crossing Triathlon (2nd place), Nantucket Triathlon (3rd place), USAT Age Group Nationals Olympic Distance (4th place).
I am excited to see where this sport will take me and what I will be able to achieve as an Athena.