1. She breaks the inadvertent "Ryan" streak
2. I had an opportunity to meet her last weekend at Women's Half in Chicago b/c of this site. She was so nice and super speedy! (she finished 1:38)
3. She is "TRI"ing to go to Kona! (like what i did there?)
Sara has been chosen as a finalist for a Kona Inspired 2013 Contest! Her video can be found HERE and please vote for her to help her get to Kona by clicking the "Vote for this" tab on the bottom left corner.
A little about Sara
I'm a stay-at-home mom with 4 children (ages 3-9). I'm passionate about my family and equally passionate about training and racing. My training is my temporary escape - I believe it helps me to be a better mom and wife. I work hard to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for my family.
What made you transition from running to triathlons?
Feeling a little burned out from exclusively running, this winter I decided I wanted to focus more on triathlons. After fulfilling a lifetime goal of mine to qualify and run the Boston Marathon, I decided to put completing an Ironman on my list of personal goals. My husband, a triathelete as well, and I decided it would be unique to compete in a Half Ironman on our 12th wedding anniversary. I will also be competing in Ironman Louisville at the end of the summer.
Biggest Challenge transitioning to triathlons?
I am a mother of 4 children and honestly my biggest challenge is finding enough time to get in long rides on my bike and work around open swim times at the pool! I'm so used to taking my kids along with me on my runs - 3 can ride their bikes and 1 still rides in the jogger.
In my first triathlon, (Mrs T's Olympic Distance Tri in Chicago.... way back when it was sponsored by Mrs T's!) I rode my mountain bike. Right out of transition, I was having problems with my seat being too low, rather than stopping to adjust the seat - I tried to adjust it while biking. I ended up falling down and had to finish the triathlon with a skinned up elbow --- not to mention losing time and being very embarrassed!
Why you believe you deserve to go to Kona?
At Kona, I feel like I would represent the spirit of every mom. I try so hard to juggle my personal athletic goals as well as the goals for my family. This often means waking up at 4:30am to get in my training, hopping in the car all sweaty after a 10 mile run to pick up my daughter from preschool, volunteering in my children's classrooms in my workout gear, or "practicing" my swim transition because I'm running late to pick someone up. It also means staying up late to finish up laundry, dishes, and preparing healthy meals for the next day.
I had intentions of entering the Kona Inspired contest prior to running the Boston Marathon and even wrote down some notes for my video -- but after being a part of the events that followed the Boston Marathon things completely changed for me. As I reflected on the day of the marathon, I realized that I had been given a second chance. Making the video for the contest allowed me to express some of the thoughts and feelings that I had been holding inside of me.