It wasn't until one summer two years ago that a friend of mine suggested that I try competing in a triathlon. I had often thought about it as I have a background in competitive swimming, love running. However, starting my practice as a doctor and having two little boys, I was not sure if I would have enough time to properly train for a triathlon. I completed Milton’s women’s only sprint triathlon and it felt great. After competing in several sprint triathlons, last year I decided to the take a leap and compete in my first half Ironman. It was when I crossed the finish line that reignited my competitive flame and started my love for triathlons. I had done well in my first big race and realized this may be something that I am good at.
I am currently training for Ironman Muksoka 70.3 and Rev 3 Maine 70.3 (Rev 3 Maine 70.3 being my A race and Muskoka being a character builder as it is a very tough course and mentally challenging) with a couple of local sprint triathlons in-between. Training for these races can be very time consuming and it is often tough to balance work and family life. My sons Andrew and Teddy are 3 and 4 now. They are a lot of fun and I cherish all the free time I have with them. This motivates me to train early in the morning before they wake up or after they go to bed to optimize how much time I can spend with them and fit in the required training. My husband is very supportive and encourages me in my journey as a triathlete, mom and doctor. Without him I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I am also part of a triathlon team Performance project. Having a coach has helped me train properly to achieve many of my racing goals. I also have great training partners that help push me through many workouts where I would like to stop and walk or slow down and take it easy, they are an essential part of my training. Being a doctor can be very stressful, it is the silence of running on a quiet road, taking in the beautiful scenery of rolling hills and running rivers on a long bike ride or simply the mind numbing staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool that helps manage my stress.
I am excited to race this year as the feeling of running past that finish line and knowing that all early morning and late night practices will finally pay off.
Written by Dr. Tina Rogegers
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