Our athlete spotlight this month is on this fabulous married couple, Darryl & Linda. They have both reached big goals as I have had the pleasure to coach with them since 2016. And 2018 holds bigger goals, and given their work ethic and strength together, I am sure they will achieve everything they set their minds to. Below are some fun questions that we asked them about their triathlon life, enjoy their answers!
1) How did you get started in triathlon? Tell us how it all began.
Linda: I started in triathlon three years ago when Cindy Roderique and I had been working out together. We wanted to add some cross training to our workouts so we started swimming and doing a few spinning classes. We found an indoor tri at the JCC that you swam 10 minutes, biked 30 minutes and ran 20 minutes. We thought this was a great way to see what we could do. After that, we were hooked! I told Darryl he should give it a TRI.
Darryl: I have been an avid and competitive runner for 35+ years, and about 3 years ago I noticed the frequency of nagging injuries starting to rise. I was in the midst of recovering from a hamstring injury, and I started biking and swimming to get workouts in and keep fit. It was at this point that the little light bulb went on and I thought about maybe giving it a “TRI”. There has been no turning back since then, we love it and are now in full speed ahead!
2) What are you most proud of?
Linda: Finally completing the run portion on a couple of sprint races. My run continues to be a “work in progress”. Last year my goal for the year was to run the entire run in my sprint race in Omaha at the age group championships.
Darryl: Personally, I was really happy last year with sweeping 1st place in all of the sprints I competed in – and of course competing in my 1st 1/2 Ironman distance. What I am really the most proud of is Linda – she has come so far and improved so much, it has been a joy to watch and enjoy!
3) What’s your why? Why do you tri?
Linda: I Tri because I want to stay in shape, or get in better shape. I love the variety in the training and the people I have met the past three years.
Darryl: I do this because I love pushing my body to places I never thought I could go…………and I have met and call friends so many wonderful people in the past 3 years, it has really enriched both of our lives.
4) What do you do for fun besides swimming, biking and running?
Linda: Is there anything else?! I enjoy photography, hiking and a nice glass of wine.
Darryl: When there is time (HA!), I love hiking, enjoying great wine or craft beer…………….and of course the I bleed BLUE!!
5) How do you celebrate a great race?
Linda: Brunch or Lunch
Darryl: A trip to the wineries and some food to go with it is always a good way!
6) What are your race mantras?
Linda: about half way through any of the disciplines, I say: It’s all downhill from here
Darryl: When it starts hurting the worst in a race and I start to falter, I always remind myself that pain is transient…………the disappointment of not giving your all lasts a lot longer!
7) Any tattoos?
Darryl: No, but I intend to add a big one at the end of 2018!
8) Any advice for other triathlete couple? How do you do it? What are your secrets? Any pearls of wisdom to pass on?
Linda: Advice: Do what you can do , don’t try to compare yourself to your spouse. Triathlons are something we both can do and spend some time together. Training in the pool or at Power Up. The nice thing about both of us doing triathlons is that we both try to get our workouts done in the morning before work. That gives us some “free” time after work.
Darryl: Always be flexible, you have to be a Gumby sometimes to survive the lifestyle! That being said, I love the fact that we both do it, as it is quality fun time – it would be much harder to do if one of us was always gone training and other feeling left out.