ATF Featured Triathlete - Sally Whitson

When I first learned what an Ironman triathlon was, I remember thinking, “okay, well this is obviously a joke because that’s not humanly possible.”

One of my favorite things about triathlon is the sense of empowerment I get from competing and training.

Sally Whitson ATF featured triathlete

I’m not particularly strong, athletic, or coordinated but training allows me to develop skills in each sport and see real progress in my strength and abilities. It’s a very satisfying feeling.  

When I first learned what an Ironman triathlon was, I remember thinking, “okay, well this is obviously a joke because that’s not humanly possible.” After learning more about the sport, starting with shorter distances, and a lot of training; I became an Ironman. There is nothing more empowering than achieving what you once thought was “impossible.”

Another thing I love about triathlon, and what I believe makes the sport truly unique, is the community you become a part of. As a military spouse, I had the privilege of being part of three triathlon clubs in three states in a short amount of time, each of which is full of incredible people.  It’s amazing to see communities across the U.S. of highly motivated and inspiring people who not only share my passion for triathlon but are so encouraging and inclusive. The triathlon community will teach you things you didn’t realize you needed to know, invite you on excruciatingly long bike rides, give you a pep talk on the uphill, and text you at 4:30am to make sure you’re awake.

Sally Whitson and Tri Club BEAT

Triathlon has taught me that with a smart plan and hard work I can achieve anything, and the triathlon community made it a lot more enjoyable.

 

Tri Club - BEAT

Favorite Race - Escape the Rock (Alcatraz Duathlon)  

Coach - Laura Fromdahl, Tri Strong Coaching (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Favorite Gear - Brooks

Favorite Nutrition - Stinger Waffles

2020 Tri Goal - USAT National Championship (Age Group, Olympic Distance) {no goal, just excited to be invited lol}

Favorite of the three- RUNNING


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