Happy Friday! I'm going to share one more interview with you before a little hiatus for the holidays. As I've mentioned many times before, the biggest reason I love triathlon is the people that I have the pleasure of meeting through the sport.
Dale is one of my other favorite training partners! She joined our HPS group around the same time as Jenn and between the two of them, our training was really stepped up a notch. Dale has been competing in triathlons since she was 14 and her speed, grace under racing pressure, and ability to dig deep are inspiring. I'm so excited to see where the sport takes her! She is also a nurse and is going on a medical mission to Haiti in the new year (if you'd like to donate to the mission, here is the link to Dale's fundraising page.)
Let's get to know Dale!
How did you get into the sport of triathlon?
My aunt was an avid triathlete and inspired me to do my first tri at age 14. Triathlons quickly became a family event: my cousins, siblings, aunt and my mom would all compete together. I've been hooked ever since!
What advice would you give to a new triathlete or someone considering signing up for their first triathlon?
Everyone has to start somewhere and that somewhere can be with basic equipment and minimal training. You can learn to swim, improve your running, and be more efficient on the bike, you just have to be dedicated and believe in your self. Joining a club with other beginners is always helpful and more motivating.
What has been your greatest / proudest moment as a triathlete?
Finishing my first Olympic distance and competing in my first sprint distance after talking a 5 year hiatus from the sport.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in the sport?
My biggest challenge has been to stop making excuses. There is always time for a workout you just have to make it happen.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of the sport?
Meeting new friends, coaches and of course that feeling crossing the finish line!
How does life as a triathlete translate to other areas of your life?
Life as a triathlete has made me more motivated, time efficient, and given me a positive attitude towards challenges in daily life.
What is your favorite pre-race meal? Any other pre-race rituals?
I lay out all my things the night before, and make sure to arrive early before the race to set up. I mix a drink with half Gatorade and half water and always eat peanut butter and banana with just one sip of coffee before the race. The night before a race I carbo load with some type of pasta dish (my fave is linguine with clam sauce).
What is your dream race?
My goal is to work my way up to completing an ironman one day... somewhere warm would be nice! ( Hawaii, Mexico, Miami)
Swim, bike, or run?
Swim and run are my strongest and favourite. The bike is growing on me slowly, but surely.
Favorite motivational quote?
Just do it ✅