I never thought I could run a mile, but last year I did my first half marathon, and my first sprint triathlon. I always loved swimming, so that was the only easy part for me. I have an awesome running buddy(a lunachix) who helped me to go from running a mile to realize I can run a lot longer and actually enjoy. I love running the Boise hills. I started road biking a little over a year ago, I got admit I love biking but still a little afraid of the cars around me. This year I hope to push myself to get better at swim, bike and run. I am really excited to be part of the lunachix, I love all the girls, they are so motivating and so much fun. This will be a great year.
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The Boise Triathlon Team loves triathlons as a way of staying fit and meeting new friends. We are here to offer support, advice and fun! We invite all women to join us in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Whether you are getting your face wet for the first time or training for something longer, we want you to join us for some sweat and laughs!
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I love the sport of triathlon since there are so many disciplines involved. My husband and I decided to get into the sport in 1999. I didn't start swimming until I was 21 years old and had a great fear of the water. My friend in Charlotte, NC worked with me to get my face in the water. He had exercises for me to reach down and grab weights at the bottom of the pool which was only 3 feet deep! I finally did my first sprint triathlon in the fall of 1999 and did the backstroke during the swim, but I finished! I took swim lessons intermittently became comfortable with the water.
My fitness life started in the gym 11 years ago when realized that home video workouts were just not going to cut it for my growing fitness "addiction." I fell in love with group exercise and started teaching it in 2004. I currently love leading classes of many types; yoga, cycle, piyo and strength are my current favorites. After a few years of step classes I was shocked how easy running around the block became. I decided to take running a little more seriously and fell in love. I ran my first marathon in 2009, and like many say, learned a lot about myself and a lot about the sport. Continued training and friendships lead me through 10 more 1/2 marathons and 3 more full marathons. I love the training and the self driven competition that motivates me to beat my times and pushes me out the door for early morning, or even late night long runs. Now, I'm ready for a bit of a change. I am a newbie to the world of triathlons, but ready to take it on and share in the journey with other amazing women! I'm excited to be a part of a team with fellow athletes that challenge me in this new arena. I've logged a few longish rides in cross training efforts and a lot of indoor cycle hours. So hopping on the bike to add to race efforts excites me! Swimming is my newest sport and will bring me a mental and physical challenge to embrace. I'm hoping that my honest "greenness" to this sport will encourage others who haven't ever ventured out of the gym, or their workout comfort zone to come and join me in the process! I look forward to the new adventures to come!
I am a stay at home mom of two boys, 6 and 9. Before we had kids, my husband and I were always active mountain biking, kayaking, and camping; but, I didn’t do any regular exercise for fitness. After quitting my teaching job to stay home with the boys, I found that the goldfish and corndog diet was not going to work for me. I needed to get more active for myself and my family. I found I felt so much better after just an hour at the gym.
The first Triathlon I did was the 'Y Not Tri' and it was a great introduction to the sport. The distances were short and the community support was fantastic. After that race, I did several other sprint triathlons and then had the desire to do an Olympic Distance Tri. My training partner and I devised a plan where we would do the swim the first year, swim - bike the second, and then put it all together the third year. We ended up doing the full event the first year and realized that we were being a bit conservative. Today, I realize that that specific mentality has followed me through my athletic life.
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I started running marathons in college and have completed 19. Ten years later I was ready for a new challenge, and Ironman announced in 2007 that they were coming to Boise. I wanted to register so badly, but I had a new job and wasn’t sure it could all work. I had no experience with road bikes and while I knew how to stay a float, I had no formal swim training since I was a young kid. Five years went by and I had still been running a bunch of marathons and half marathons, but Ironman was still very much on my mind. The job never slowed down so I changed jobs and signed up for a training program for an olympic distance tri. I had a great time training and competing in my first tri in August of 2012 (and I just love the triathlete community in Boise), but that was just a test run for the event I have been dreaming about for years. My dream came true in June 2013 when I completed my first (hopefully first of many) 70.3, the Boise Half Ironman. I am so happy to have found this great group of women to train with and provide support along the way.
My background has always been in team sports because I love the camaraderie of other athletes around me working towards the same goal. With triathlons its different because you are just racing yourself, but I have found a way to do three sports that I love and get outdoors to enjoy them!
I started running when I was in high school for exercise and stress relief. I always loved the way it made me feel, exhausted yet energized. After my second son was born I decided I wanted to start running races. I picked a half marathon, gave myself a couple months of training and off I went. That was the start of falling in love with racing. I love running the same races every year so I can race against my previous years time. My favorite race is The Robie Creek Half Marathon. I love how tough it is and how my legs almost give out when I cross the finish line My favorite distance to run is a marathon but training for that distance takes a lot of time. So my goal is to be dedicated to doing one per year. I started to cycle (very minimal) before my third child was born and then took a 3 year break after I became pregnant. Then last year I got a stress fracture which put a stop to my running and made me dust off my bike. It didn't take long before I knew how much I enjoyed riding. I love riding out in the country without traffic and I don't ride with music. It is so peaceful to me to head out alone and enjoy the beauty around that you don't notice while driving. Now to the swimming...I don't know how to swim but I am in the process of learning. So once that gets taken care of I will be doing my first triathlon! I hope next year at this time I will be training for a 70.3 and then an Ironman...I can dream right?