About Me

Welcome to The Chubby Triathlete!

My Story

My triathlon story begins about 10 years ago. I had always enjoyed hiking, biking, kickboxing, and walking for fun, but never did those things specifically for exercise. Then things changed. My husband was visiting a friend who convinced him to do a local triathlon that he was organizing. My husband thought it would be a fun challenge…..and was hooked. What does that have to do with me? I wanted to be part of it. He began to do longer distances, Ironman 70.3 and full distance Ironman. Being part of that environment at these races was so motivating and inspiring. Many people contribute watching or volunteering at an Ironman event to motivating them to do their first race. This is what happened to me. I watched these people come across the finish line, totally spent, but exhilarated. And I wanted to be one of those people. My husband was very encouraging and bought me a road bike, attached tri bars to it, and also bought me a decent wet suit.
Many of our friends and I decided to do Boise, Idaho Ironman 70.3. We had so much fun training together, and it was a great experience racing as well! Some of us took a year off of long distance triathlon training and did a local 50km trail race. Then a few of us signed up for St George, Utah 70.3. Training did not go well, was inconsistent, and not near as much fun. Regardless, I did the race and finished. Barely.
But many people do these kinds of things. What is different for me? Well, I am not a small, athletic looking girl. I am 5’2″, and for my first race, I was 155 lbs. Not hugely overweight, but a good 20+ lbs heavier than most racers my height! And then, my second 70.3, I was 170lbs when I raced. This was so much harder. And yet through it all, I seen other racers that were heavy. Not many, but a few. And I felt like we connected on some level, like, yea, we are heavy, but we are doing this.
My next goal is to do another 70.3, and do it better than the first two, I want to train hard, and I want to drop some pounds. But training hard is more important to me.

WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I want to help other women know that they can do this!! You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to be slim. You don’t even have to have an athletic background. You just have to want to do it, and want to succeed. It is such an amazing feeling to complete something that you spend months or even a year training for.

The Goal of The Chubby Triathlete
The reason I have created this website is to encourage other women to try a tri ;). As they follow along with my triathlon journey they will see there isn’t anything special that gives me the ability me to complete triathlons. I am a regular housewife, mom, have a part-time job, and I am currently homeschooling my kids. So I am busy just like every mom out there! I am planning to go back to St. George Utah in May 2018, and crush my previous time, or at least have fun doing it this time!!
I will keep you up to date on what I am doing to succeed at my goal and offer tips and tricks that can help you succeed also!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to do my best to help you out.
All the best,
Melissa

 

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