We are so pleased to have Annette on our team. With over 20 years in the sport, Annette has competed in many triathlons from Sprints to Ironman.
As a young adult, Annette’s dad always talked about doing an Ironman, but didn’t think a girl could complete one. This stuck with Annette and she was determined to prove him wrong and she added it to her “bucket list.”
Her first race, a duathlon, was 20 years ago. After that race, she was encouraged to race in her first sprint. From there, the rest is history. She started training to compete in her first 70.3, the Gulf Coast Half Ironman.
Annette believes that just about anything can go wrong in a race, but it’s in those circumstances that she learns something new and creates a new memory. In order to be prepared, she tries to ride or drive the course the day before. Then before she sleeps, she visualizes the perfect race.
It was her first Ironman, at the age of 40, that she finds most memorable. The race started off rough. During the swim, the waves were crashing upon her and tossing and turning her. She was able to get to the surface just long enough to take a breath before the next wave enveloped her, sending her to the bottom, once again.
After the swim, she was thrilled to be on the bike. The bike section went well. That was, until the last 30 minutes. She missed her last chance at water and didn’t have liquids during the last portion of the bike. She started to get concerned that the lack of liquid would affect her run, but she hoped she would have some time to recover.
As in most races, not everything goes as planned. The first 8 miles of her race went as planned. But, at mile 9, her body was finished. She decided to walk, drink coke and eat a bit. After her break, she started 8:2 intervals – run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes. Though her body was feeling the pain, she pushed through.
Annette saw her husband along the race course and he gave her the encouragement she needed to get to the finish line. She remembers the last mile being full of energy and screaming people everywhere. There was no way she was going to disappoint the crowd, so she ran the entire last mile. She was greeted at the finish line by her husband and son.
She had done it – her first Ironman!
When asked what advice she has for newbie’s in the sport, she says this, “You have a life and family outside of triathlons. Plan for interruptions during your training, plan to take time off to vacation with your family, know your priorities. When your child wakes up with the flu at 2 a.m. and you're up until 4 a.m., don't worry about that 5:15 a.m. swim practice, your body will do better to have the rest. Take a night off of training to spend some time with your spouse and thank them for their sacrifices so you can train.”
We couldn’t agree more, Annette!
Triflare is here to encourage everyone to participate in the sport of your choice. We want you to succeed and love sports, as much as we do. And, we want you to look good doing it! We also want you to have a beautifully balanced life of family and training.
So here’s to you Annette. We look forward to watching you cross many more finish lines!