Posted by: Joe Nuss on Feb 12, 2011
Photo by Jessi Blakely
Trish Washabaugh, 42, Lewisville, NC
Registered Sales Assistant
I signed up for the Ramblin’ Rose because I saw all of these determined and happy women smiling in pictures and I heard them talking about it and it made me want to be a part of that joy!
I absolutely love all the new friends I made and the training programs I was involved in. Together, we were so motivated!
Finishing the Ramblin’ Rose gave me the confidence to go and run a half marathon! I am not afraid! I also love biking. It’s my strongest area—I love it! I just started riding last June and am addicted!
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Sandy Stewart, 44, Advance, NC
Business Planning Manager
It’s natural to have a few butterflies before the event, but you soon realize that there is no reason to be nervous. The participants encourage each other and truly want others to enjoy the experience. Because the event is female only, it is easy to convince someone that it is the perfect first triathlon!
The most difficult challenge was preparing for the swim and making time to train while working full-time. My husband was very understanding, as there were many weekdays that I left home at 7:00 am and returned at 9:00 pm.
Riding my bike and then running is my favorite workout. I try to swim once a week in the off-season. I am also learning more about the benefits of yoga and stretching.