How did you become involved with STCI?
A few drinks into a 2018 New Years Eve Party, a friend asked if I wanted to do a triathlon with her. I enthusiastically said yes! I have never run a day in my life (except, maybe in highschool gym class; and that is a big maybe). I had not been on a bike in 20 years and had just sold a mountain bike I had bought in 2007 which still had the price tags on it. I thought I could swim though! Ha - recreational swimming is not the same but definitely the easiest of the 3 to improve upon.
We gathered 5 of us to register that night for the JTI program and for varying reasons only 2 of us finished the program and the Makin' it Happen mothers day race. I was hooked; but still so scared. I signed up for the JTI2 right away, but ended up sick and could not participate for the first few weeks so I dropped out. I volunteered to help out at the Living Sky Pike Lake Race that year and loved the feel and camaraderie of the triathlon community. In 2019 I signed up and did both JTI and JTI2 + 5 triathlon/duathlon races that year. I was completely hooked. My family was in awe and so proud.
Being a CPA, I joined the board when I found out there was a need for more support in the treasure role and here I am today, still committed but also still feeling like a newbie after a year off. I can't wait for the next JTI program to start and hope anyone new to Triathlons will read this and feel like it is worth a try. You will love it!
What is your favourite part of a triathlon?
Finishing! There is no better feeling of accomplishment than crossing that finish line and hearing all of these people (some you don't even know) cheering you on. What an amazing supportive community where everyone can find a feeling of belonging.