Jan. 13, 2016

Sarah's meticulous build from Couch to 5k, to over a dozen half marathons, to finding a new passion in swimming, tell a tale of a woman who sets achievable goals while reaching for the stars... and a 140.6 finish line.

How did you get into racing endurance events?

After the birth of my second child, I wanted to get back into shape. I started the Couch to 5K program  (During a NC summer!) I will never forget crossing the finish line of that first 5K; it was so fun and meant so much to me.  I really think it was like a marathon to me on that day. From there, I kept adding miles and moved on to 10K distance, and then  to a half marathon.  At the end of my first 13.1, I swore I'd never do another.... 13 half marathons later, it's one of my favorite distances to race.  Along the way I added in swimming and cycling for cross training purposes. My first triathlon was the Lake Norman Sprint. I felt like I could do more, so I kept entering longer distance events. This adventure culminated last year when I finished 2015 Ironman Louisville.


If applicable, what is your favorite discipline? Why?

My favorite discipline is the swim. While strictly a fitness swimmer, not a competitive swimmer, I quickly found that I was very comfortable in the water, and I find swimming relaxing. I am very lucky; there are many adults who are nervous about the swim.


Do you have a favorite local race?

Lake Norman and Tri Ballyntyne are fun; you see so many local friends.


What would you consider your career highlight?

Definitely completing an Ironman. The training is long and to just get through that healthy and then getting to the starting line and finishing such a huge undertaking. It was pretty amazing.


What would you consider your biggest challenge?

Obviously the Ironman.  But also, completing the BSG 50 miler.  Being in the mountains, lots of climbing.  But it was the descents I found to be just ... Nerve wracking. I'm very proud that I finished that race.


What is the biggest race day mistake you've made?

Thankfully, knock on wood, I've not forgotten any equipment race day. I will say I need to enjoy every race more; it doesn't really matter about time or placing. It's a blessing to have a body that can swim, bike, and run and I need to enjoy the journey.


What is one training tool you couldn't live without?

Training partners. We laugh and have fun. The support is essential.


Do you have a strict nutrition/recovery regimen?

Epsom salt baths are great. And a cold beer generally helps recovery too!


If you have any advice for folks who have yet to begin their endurance racing journey, what would it be?

Find a good support network. Go ahead and pay for a shoe fitting and for good running shoes. Just keep moving forward.

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Monday

Jan 30th

Monday "Strength in Numbers Session" on January 11th at 7:15AM @ MSA

7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
HIT Cycling "Strength in Numbers" Session - Please RSVP at least 2 hours in advance of this class.

Saturday

Feb 4th

Saturday "Strength in Numbers Session" on February 4th at 6:30AM @ Performance Therapy

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
HIT Cycling "Strength in Numbers" Session - Please RSVP at least 2 hours in advance of this class.

Tuesday

Feb 7th

Tuesday "Strength in Numbers Session" on February 7th at 5:15AM @ Performance Therapy

5:15 a.m. - 6:15 a.m.
HIT Cycling "Strength in Numbers" Session - Please RSVP at least 2 hours in advance of this class.

Thursday

Feb 9th

Thursday "Strength in Numbers Session" on February 9th at 6:30PM @ Performance Therapy

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
HIT Cycling "Strength in Numbers" Session - Please RSVP at least 2 hours in advance for this class.

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