How One Team Triumph Member is Managing Her Stress During COVID19


Can you tell us a little bit about your self

I'm a mother of 4, grandmother of soon to be 3. I started triathlons late in 2017 after joining Team Triumph.  I am a runner first at heart! Our family moved here in 2008 and it has been an adventure since!

How long have you been a member of Team Triumph Triathlon Club

I have been a faithful member of Team Triumph for 2 years now.  Julia and her expertise is who taught me how to swim! 

How has COVID19 affected you and your family/business?
COVID is deeply affecting my family and business. My second daughter's due date for her first baby is May 3rd. The fear of not having her husband and family with her during her birth is a reality. My husband works for United Way and the outreach for help is overwhelming. My two younger children (12,14) are now trying to learn how to learn distantly. My oldest daughter is a single mom and having to move at the end of the month with limited help. To top it off I am the owner of 3 massage locations and an office in Shopify. I had to lay off 23 therapists and now paying rent of three locations earning no income.  


Why did you choose to race a Half Ironman Virtually?

Looking at how COVID has affected my family and will continue to affect my family, I see a lot more virtual races coming my way. The amount of stress I'm under needs a place to be digested. When I run and bike long distances my mind shuts off, the endorphins kick in and the competitive spirit in me flows freely. I'm not swimming, but by doing virtual races and Julia's classes I'm not drowning. 

Below are some pictures I took to capture my Virtual Half Ironman Day. To replace the swim portion I did a strength workout for swimmers that was designed by Coach Julia. Then I hopped onto Zwift to ride for 90km.

Biking with pretzels and my staff are massaging me.

Me and my run buddy Mike, clearly observing the social distancing thang!!!!

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