Triathlete Profile: Kimberly Morehead
Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey .
This profile showcases a beginner triathlete BEFORE and AFTER her first triathlon.
How long have you been doing triathlons?
I just completed my first triathlon June 11, 2011
How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?
I make time. I spend an hour to an hour and a half in exercise, most times during my lunch from work so it doesn’t interfere with family or my job.
What inspired you to try a triathlon?
I don’t know where it came from, but I always had a lifelong dream to do a triathlon. I never really thought it was possible since I wasn’t a runner. But then I started to run 5K races and the dream became more accessible. I thought why not try. I hadn’t ridden a bike since grade school, but that didn’t stop me.
What is the best advice you can give a newbie?
Train in conditions that are most like the race including swimming in open water. If you don’t get a chance to, just remember to relax. You are not alone in the water and there are people out there watching out for you. If you have to, go on your back and swim or do the side stroke.
What is your favorite workout?
Swimming is definitely my ultimate love. But I also enjoy yoga and boot camp
Where and when is your first triathlon? What is the distance?
My first triathlon was 6/11/11 at Blue Lake in Fairview OR. I was scheduled to do the Iron Girl 6/26/11 as my first triathlon, but it was postponed to next year. I decided this was a good birthday present to myself and I was disappointed it was postponed so I looked for another one and found the one at Blue Lake 2 weeks earlier and decided to go for it. It was a spring tri: 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 5K run.
How does your pre-triathlon vision compare with what the actual event?
I did a lot of research of what to expect and talked to a few people. The race was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I was worried how the transitions were going to be, but it was really organized and simple. I liked having a pre-briefing before the race to know what to expect.
What was your favorite part of your first triathlon?
I loved how inspiring fellow competitors were. They kept saying I was doing a great job as they passed me.
What was the most challenging part of your first triathlon?
The most challenging part was the swim. Without having trained in open water, I had a panic attack as soon as I started swimming. It was comforting to know that the people in boats were really responsive and came by and made sure I was ok.
What advice would you give a newbie now that you’ve completed your first triathlon?
Enjoy it and have fun. There are people there to help you and you do not have to feel overwhelmed. Relax.
What’s next for you?
I’m doing my 2nd tri Aug 14th in Seattle. I’m really looking forward to pushing myself harder, now I know what to expect
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