Hamilton, NJ – On July 22 three IronLife athletes hit the suburbs just outside my hometown for a Sprint triathlon. It was a meaningful race for me for many reasons.
1. My Mom, Linda Pontell, returned to triathlon after a 9 year hiatus. For those of you that don’t know, my Mom asked me to do her first triathlon with her 9 years ago. I laughed. I couldn’t imagine doing a triathlon… swimming in dirty lake water, getting on a bike while you’re still wet, and then lacing up your running shoes to top it off. Shortly after I saw my mom begin to train, I gave it a second thought and the rest was history. My Mom will always be the reason I am a triathlete. I was honored to coach her across the NJ State finish line for her triumphant return to the sport.
2. Liz Demers, a first-time triathlete had a triumphant finish. After coming back from a hip stress fracture, this powerhouse decided to give triathlons a go. Turns out, she’s really good at it! Liz placed first in her age group. Read her Athlete Spotlight below for all the deets on this tri queen.
3. Congrats to Derek Barnes for competing in the Olympic distance at the NJ State Triathlon. This is one of many triathlons on the calendar this season. His “A” race will take place in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec on August 19 where he’ll complete his first ever IRONMAN (yes, the full 140.6).
4. I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to reprise the mother-daughter triathlon that started it all. Nine years later, I’m better than ever. I placed 7th in my age group, and was in the top 50 females overall. Once I crossed the finish line, I joined my mom on the run course and coached her through every step. This was a training race in preparation for the USA Triathlon National Championships on August 11 in Cleveland, Ohio, where I’ll be racing to qualify for World Championships. Feel free to email me to ask about my training, nutrition, race preparation and experience, as I have been working with a coach and dietician myself to prepare for Nationals.