I came across this photo on Facebook today and was immediately inspired. The woman, Jackie Stringer, was featured in a cool site called Swim Bike Mom that helps to motivate women of all shapes and sizes to “just keep moving forward.” How awesome, I thought, that this woman is out there competing in a triathlon. But, sadly, not everyone thought the same thing. There were some haters who just couldn’t stop themselves from fat-shaming this woman. More
Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating Susan Wallis, an amazing triathlete who has completed an impressive 36 Ironman races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run), including competing six times at the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. And at age 59, she’s not stopping! Read on to hear what she has to say is the biggest lesson she’s learned through it all… More
Why does the Discovery Channel always air Shark Week during peak triathlon season? Yes, I know there are “only” 30 to 50 shark attacks reported each year and “only” five to 10 prove to be fatal. Yes, I know you have more of a chance of getting bitten by a person than a shark. And yes, I know you are more likely to die from hornets, wasps, bees or even a dog. But still. After watching reruns of Shark Week recently, the thought of getting into the open water to train for an upcoming triathlon is terrifying me. And I only have two weeks until race day. More
Dr. Pamela Peeke, center, shown with her her Peeke Performers – women she prescribed exercise to for healthier lifestyles– after the finish of The Columbia Iron Girl Triathlon last week. Kudos!