Athlete of the Week: From RN to Triathlete Extraordinaire

In the world of sports, we often celebrate the feats of professional athletes who push their bodies to the limits for the love of their respective games. But sometimes, the most inspiring stories come from the everyday heroes who embark on extraordinary journeys of their own. This week, we shine a spotlight on a remarkable individual who went from being a dedicated Registered Nurse to an enthusiastic triathlete, proving that anyone can conquer the toughest challenges life throws their way.

Meet Sabrina Beauchamp, a compassionate RN in the Emergency Department, whose journey into the world of triathlons began as a way to find a new challenge and stay active during the summer. Little did she know that this new adventure would completely captivate her heart and soul.

Unlike many seasoned triathletes who have been in the game for years, she embarked on this journey with a clean slate. No prior experience, no elaborate training history – just a heart full of determination and a 1-year-old Golden Retriever as her biggest fan.

This summer, she set her sights on the Canadian Olympic Triathlon, a grueling test of endurance comprising swimming, cycling, and running. However, there were significant hurdles to overcome along the way, especially for someone with limited swimming experience and an aversion to running in high heat.

The swimming aspect of the triathlon was her most significant challenge. At the beginning of her journey, she couldn't even swim 25 meters of freestyle. Yet, she didn't let this deter her. She took the plunge (literally) by enlisting the help of Coach Dawn and diligently practicing in various lake conditions to build her confidence. Her dedication paid off, and she transformed from a novice swimmer to someone capable of swimming an impressive 1500 meters.

The scorching summer heat posed another obstacle during her training and the race itself. Running in high temperatures can be physically taxing and mentally draining. But Sabrina was not one to back down. She learned how to stay properly hydrated and pace herself effectively to develop resilience in the sweltering heat.

When the big day finally arrived, Sabrina faced her ultimate challenge during the first 500 meters of the swim. Swimming alongside so many others caused a momentary panic, but she managed to regain control with determination, employing breast strokes and focused breathing. Her composure led her to complete the swim within her desired time frame.

It's truly astounding to witness her transformation from someone who couldn't swim 25 meters to a triumphant 1500-meter swimmer, not to mention finishing the Canadian Triathlon. Her commitment to her goals is a testament to what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and a bit of courage.

But the story doesn't end there. Sabrina's newfound love for triathlons propelled her to new heights. She was so enamored with her experience that she signed up for the 2024 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, committing to the Virtual Half-Ironman course hosted by us – an incredible feat for someone who was once a beginner in the sport.

Not content with just triathlons, she took her training to the next level by running her first full marathon on October 1st at the Adirondack Marathon in Schroon Lake, NY. Her journey is a testament to the remarkable things that can be achieved when we set our minds to a goal and work tirelessly to accomplish it.

Sabrina has shown us that the path to greatness is not always a straight line. It's filled with challenges, setbacks, and moments of doubt. But with unwavering determination, the support of friends, coaches, and a loving Golden Retriever, she has proven that the human spirit is capable of achieving incredible things.

So, here's to Sabrina, our Athlete of the Week – a shining example of the extraordinary potential that resides within us all. Her journey reminds us that with passion, perseverance, and a little courage, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve greatness in our own lives.


Julia Aimers
CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist
CSEP High-Performance Specialist

Certified Triathlon, Cycling, Yoga and Swimming Coach
USA Cycling Level 2 Coach
Training Peaks Accredited Coach

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