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Sonja

Why did you get into triathlon?
In 2006 I had my daughter, Annie. A year after giving birth, I was 180 lbs, and simply couldn’t shake the weight. I borrowed my husband’s bike, started walking everywhere with the jogging stroller, and saw a dietician. I lost 40 lbs in six months, and completed my first triathlon in 2007. I felt so alive. So accomplished. I remember thinking to myself, ‘I could be really good at this’. From that point on, I was hooked. Everyone should be able to feel that.

What triathlon experience do you have?
Ever since the triathlon fire was kindled inside of me, I’ve become a self-confessed endurance junkie. I’ve completed more than 15 Ironmans, 40+ 70.3’s (Half-Ironmans), and various Ultra-Marathons, including the Moab 100. In October 2014, I raced to second place in the Female 35-39 age group at Kona. When will it end? Hopefully never!

What do you think is the secret to triathlon success?
I believe that everything originates in the mindset of the athlete. Triathletes often believe that it’s all in ‘the physical’ - that training needs to be tough and grueling. The reality is that once you first overcome the mental element, your entire perspective shifts, and this often comes as a great surprise to the athlete. The physical hurdles that we previously dreaded, become an integral part of your day-to-day life as you look for taller and longer hurdles to jump.

What is your approach to working with athletes?
I start by building an ‘all-in’ mentality that stops the practice of my athletes from standing in their own way. Once we’ve worked together on establishing the goalposts, we get specific around the plan. At all times, I’m reminding my athletes of the everyday health and wellness benefits of the sport that sit alongside the final time they clock-up on race day.

How have triathlons enhanced your life?
Triathlons have allowed me to keep things real. The same things I used to worry about are still a part of my life, and guess what? They’re still going to be there tomorrow. The difference is now I have a better perspective. I know what I’m capable of, and I know I will get through it. Triathlons have given me an appetite for getting the most out of life and the determination to achieve it!

 
 
 


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