Hello. My name is Adam. I am a former Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy. My interests in triathlons came from my professor. I ran in the Navy, where I completed three marathons including a sub 3:00 hour marathon. When I separated in 2010, I became lazy and gained weight. I started running again in 2013 and was surprised at how fast my fitness returned. I ran my first 5K in Aug, 2013 and have set a new PR at every race. Triathlons seemed interesting because it offers a challenge that Iâ€™ve never experienced in running. There is also more comradery and less ego at triathlons compared to cycling and running races. My goals include winning an Olympic distance event overall, running another sub 3:00-hour marathon, and making Team USA for triathlon and duathlon. I hold an SCCA licence, an FIA license, and a PADI Rescue Diver certification. I am a member of USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, USA Track and Field, US Masters Swimming, PADI Dive Society, Divers Alert Network, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Life Member), Omicron Psi Honors Society, the American Society of Naturalists, and the American Society of Plant Biologists. I also race for Team Red, White, and Blue, a nonprofit veterans organization dedicated to enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Hi! I’m Ally, and I am very grateful one of my friends dragged me into triathlon. She talked about biking so much that I went and bought a bike and rode all summer. That started getting me into shape. The next summer seemed like a good time start running and scratch the half marathon off my bucket list. The next year I did a lot of swimming secondary to an injury. That’s when my friend told me I had no excuse not to put all three elements together and do a triathlon. So I joined a triathlon team with her and got hooked. Now I have a whole new group of crazy friends that I enjoy being around and often plan my schedule around upcoming races. I’m a much healthier and happier person because of triathlon….and it’s so much fun! Thanks A!
Hi! I’m Andrea. My dad began racing triathlons in the 80s, both of my younger brothers competed with him, but I could never be convinced to run, so the most participation I had was to swim for various teams he would put together. At about age 35 I realized I was getting bigger each year and needed a drastic lifestyle change. I weighed 160 lbs and was wearing a size 10 and some of those pants were too small. I joined Weight Watchers, but quickly realized that was not going to be enough so I started running because I figured I would get the most benefit/time spent. I couldn’t even run a mile, I would run until my heart rate monitor went crazy and then I’d walk until it stopped beeping. Ironically my dad started running for the same reason at about the same age, don’t you just love genetics. A few years later Noah began to swim competitively so when I couldn’t run during his practices I began swimming. In 2006 I began getting postcards from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for Team in Training events. As corny as it sounds I decided that God was telling me I needed to do a triathlon for my Dad (who had been diagnosed with a rare bone marrow cancer in 1998), so I told Sean about it and in February of 2007 we went to a Team in Training meeting and signed up for the Elkhart Lake Triathlon (Olympic).
I had done a lot of bike tours over the years, but very little bike racing. The only bike I had was a Nishiki I got in HS, but hadn’t ridden since the boys were small enough to pull behind me in a Burly. I met Diana shortly after that at a triathlon info meeting at TRRC and then again at the pool where she got her first chance to torture me. Unlike Sean I had never done a triathlon so I was worried about just finishing so I signed up for Pokagon so I could have a trial run through. I got a new bike which I promptly went out and crashed breaking my elbow (a car pulled out in front of me). I raced Pokagon in May and got third in my age group so I was hooked from the start. Then in June we raced Elkhart Lake as a Father’s Day gift to Daddy, he was so excited on race day, he got up with us in the morning and went out to transition and even got nervous right along with us. When dad passed away in 2008 Sean and I decided we needed to do an Ironman for him because he did Hawaii in 1983. So I guess the short version of this story is that I do triathlons because my dad was a triathlete.
Hi! I’m Andrea. I started participating in triathlons in 2011 after doing mainly running and cycling events since 2005. I had always enjoyed swimming, so thought I’d ‘tri’ a triathlon! I’ve been hooked ever since. The first triathlon I did was with two of my sisters. Needless to say I couldn’t wait to do the next one, and have spent the last 3 years trying to talk them into doing another one with me!! I enjoy the challenge of each discipline in a triathlon and the built in cross-training provided. I have particpated in sprint, olympic and half-ironman distances. I don’t really have a favorite distance, as each have their own quirky pros and cons. My goals each race are simple: to cross the finish line and have a safe race!
In all the distances that I’ve done with triathlons, cycling or running, I am always amazed once I cross the finish line at a distance that I thought I’d never be able to do. I think that feeling of accomplishment is a big part of what keeps me going and keeps coming back for more!!
Hi! I’m Beth. I watched a good friend do a triathlon and decided I wanted to try it. Tried it. Liked it. Tried another. Liked it more. Just kept going!
Hi, I’ Bill. I ran track and cross country for RN Snider High School, but I had to give it up in my late teens due to severe knee problems. In my late forties I lost weight and started swimming. Eventually I had the knee scoped and micro fracture surgery. A year after the surgeries, I noticed Diana Schowe instructing a triathlete at the pool and asked her to help me with my swim technique. So I started working on my swim with Diana, and she also started helping me with my bike skills. I bought a road bike in late summer of 2012 and did an Olympic Aqua Bike in Muncie. I continued to do the Aqua Bikes when they where available. In the late summer of 2013 I was in Texas and decided to try RaceWalking so I could enter a sprint triathlon. I completed my first sprint Triathlon in Keller, Texas called the Monster Keller Triathlon around Halloween of last year 2013 at the age of 59.
Hi, I’m Brandi. I played sports from the time I was 6 years old through college. After college I was the heaviest I’d ever been, and I needed to make a lifestyle change. So I picked up running to lose weight. I wasn’t fast, but I was eventually able to run three miles without stopping. The weight began to fall off, and I progressed to competing in 4 marathons and several half-marathons. I started cycling to cross train and eventually decided I needed a new challenge. So I signed up for my first sprint triathlon in 2009 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Cycling is my favorite part; mostly because that means I have successfully made it out of the water! I fear the swim, but that’s what makes it challenging for me. I still love to run, but I enjoy the various disciplines. I have competed in sprints, Olympic, and 70.3 distances. I really love the 70.3 distance. This year I hope to gain speed in the shorter distance events. After I complete my master’s degree I would like to train and participate in a full Ironman.
Hi, I’m Carolyn. In July of 2012, I realized that I was not being the kind of mother I had always intended to be. You know, going outside and actually doing things with my kids or playing on the floor with them. I was way overweight and doing these kinds of activities made me super tired. With the relentlessness of my my siblings, I decided I needed to do something to better myself. With the encouragement of my brother, sister-in-law, and husband I started my journey to fitness by changing my eating habits through the use of Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live.
I hadn’t gone out and ran or done exercise in any form for 10 years and I guess my sister, Angie Reeve (also a Tritanium) decided it was her duty to do something about it! In late July 2012, Angie called me up and said, Guess what! I signed you up for the Fort for Fitness 4 miler!. I about keeled over when I heard this. I hadn’t ran two feet in 10 years, how was I going to run four miles? Well, Angie’s stubbornness did not stop there–oh no! She signed me up for race after race and eventually talked me into joining her at her personal strength training sessions.
You’d think that would be enough, but that just proves you don’t know my sister very well. In June 2013, Angie calls me again: “You know, I’ve been thinking about it. You were a swimmer in high school and you are already doing running races. I think it’s time for you to conquer a triathlon.” What??? You mean I have to do even more? Wasn’t everything else I was doing enough? Did I mention that during all this time I was running my own business where I was working 48 hrs a week, raising three children and going to school full-time?! Well, Angie, as well as Diana, assured me that once I did a tri, I would be hooked. I attempted my first one at the end of July 2013 and did pretty well. By the end of the season, I had placed third in my age group. I am hooked now! Triathlons are now my absolute favorite form of competition!
Though I have not personally been able to join Diana Schowe for her trainings due to my work schedule, I hear they are grueling and the results are unattainable from any other trainer! Diana is very encouraging, motivating and giving of her time and talents–all of which I have had the honor of receiving. She is always excited and enthusiastic. Diana is everything you need in a trainer and more!
With the encouragement of my friends and teammates and the unwavering support of my children and husband, I have lost 68 lbs! I now LOVE working out and have become a full vegetarian. I love working with the team and I look forward to many more years of health and wellness inspired by all the Tritaniums!
Hi, my name is Chris Dahlberg. I started doing triathlons 20 years ago when I was 15 years old. I was always a good runner and swimmer and some friends talked me into trying a race. I loved it and I was pretty good at it too.
I have done both Olympic and Sprint triathlons and I am mainly a sprint triathlete now with family life going on. In my spare time, I work and also have started my own tax business. My goals are to win sprint races and I won my first race this past season. I recently met my Team Tritanium teammates this year. They are a wonderful group of accomplished athletes who train hard and have fun. I feel very welcome every time I train with them and I enjoy being part of a team of people so dedicated to the sport.
Hi! I’m Diana. I got started in triathlon for variety. I needed to stop running so much, but I really wanted to keep my hours of training the same. So I took up biking and swimming to go along with my running. I’ve done all distances from super sprints to ironmans, and I love them all. Each race distance has it’s own unique quality to learn so you can be your best at each of them. I hope to still be doing this when I am 80 years old! The thing I enjoy most about triathlon is the people. You get to meet so many interesting people. Normal people with a passion for triathlon…..if you consider anyone that does triathlons “normal.”
Hi! My name is Gretchen, and my interest in triathlons started with a challenge from a friend. She talked me into joining a weekly tri training group and signing up for my first sprint distance triathlon in the summer of 2009. I thought I was in decent shape so it wouldn’t be that hard. However, I soon found out that I couldn’t run a 5K let alone swim 100 yards without feeling like I was going to sink. The only thing I knew how to do was ride a bike and I thought I was fast. After three long months of training I was mostly ready for my first race. I was scared to death but after I crossed the finish line that first time I was hooked. My love for the sport has continued to grow from there.
As a wife, mother, business professional, and Type 1 Diabetic, it’s hard to fit in all of the required training. There are many days that I try to find excuses not to do my workouts. But once I get started, I truly enjoy the workouts including the hard ones. There is a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction that goes along with the completion of every workout. I know that I am building a stronger base that will make me better at each race. For me, there is nothing more enjoyable that beating a previous race time or setting a PR.
I now have several good friends and training partners on Team Tritanium that I would have never known if I had not accepted that first challenge. I love the sense of camaraderie and the new challenge that each race brings.
Hi, I’m Jenny. I got started in triathlon after breaking my leg. After I broke my leg, the only activity I was allowed to do was swim. Once I learned how to swim, I didn’t see any reason to stick strictly to running. I found triathlon and its training to be less stressful on an aging body, and I enjoy the diverse training plan. I’m not always running — I get to mix it up. I also enjoy the team training activities and camaraderie.
One of the most rewarding parts of triathlon for me was overcoming my fear of the open water to complete my swim. I am mainly a sprint person for now until I get the swim under complete control, but I would eventually like to do an Olympic distance.
Hi! I’m Michelle. I’m just trying to stay healthy!
Hello, I’m Robin. I was first introduced to triathlons as a young girl watching Ironman Kona on TV. I had no concept of how vast the world of triathlon was, nor did I ever imagine participating in one. After volunteering a few Olympic distance races, out if shape and undertrained, fall 2004 my friends convinced me to do Boilerman (Olympic). Since then I have done sprint and Olympic distance races all over the country, half marathons, and been on half ironman distance relay teams. As a high school and collegiate athlete, balancing life, training, and competitions was my norm. That experience prepared me for the everyday challenge of balancing family, work, and training. Triathlons have brought great joy to my life, improved my fitness level, provided a mental escape, and introduced me to amazing friends. I love this sport, team, and hope to be doing this for years to come.
Hi, my name is Sandy. I got in to triathlon because I wanted to do more than just run. Some friends encouraged me to do a triathlon stating it was more fun than road or trail races. One thing I really enjoy about triathlon is the toys. I love toys! And triathlon is very toy intensive. I enjoy the longer distance races, but I have only gotten as far as Olympic distance…so far. I want to complete a Half and a Full Ironman. My goal is to hear, “Sandy Altman … You are an IRONMAN!” I would like to be the aged senior citizen athlete the crosses the Ironman finish line multiple times.
Hi, I’m Sarah. I showed Quarter Horses competitvely for 21 years and left the sport to pursue my graduate degree. Post-graduation, I was looking for an activity where my competitive nature and athleticism could be put to work. Â I found triathlon. This sport combines three disciplines that are challenging and where growth is always possible. Since I am a very goal oriented person, this sport allows me to set and work towards goals. The ability to research and travel to various race venues keeps the sport fresh. I enjoy camaraderie with my teammates and have been blessed to be connected with a world-class coach and friend. This year I am looking forward to the Chicago Triathlon, where I’ll be participating in my first Olympic-distance race. I would also like to qualify and complete in Age Group Nationals, and eventually complete a half Iron Man.
Hi, my name is Sean. I am currently a full time Indiana Air National Guards Man rebuilding turbine engines with 27 years of military service. I began doing triathlons with my father at age 13 and completed my first Half Ironman with him when I was 16. I really enjoy racing with my sister Andrea Maisonneuve and that feeling of acomplishment from finishing a big race or setting new PRs. I have completed many Half Ironmans and one full Ironman, but the sprint and olympic distance races are my favorite. I am very competitive at the shorter distances, and winning stuff always makes a race more fun! My triathlon goals are to continue to become faster and more competitive. I am hoping to cut three to five minutes off my age group national time in 2014. I would not be able compete in triathlon without the support of my lovely wife Petra and our three incredible daughters Brittany, Sierra, and Sydney — and of course our Labrador Max.