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Interviewer: How did you get started in triathlon? Sheelah: I always had an interest in doing triathlons for many years. It was not the right time for the family or financially until my kids got older. My employer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offered the TriPossible program, and they've been doing that for many years. So finally in 2018 I said “This is the year!!” I had to sign up for the…

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I have always been a typical type “A” person with a need to stay active. In addition to my occupation as an airline mechanic, I have been a team member of an ARCA stock car team and raced hare scrambles on my dirt bikes. When we moved to Georgia in 2010, I was overweight and suffering from an old back injury. We started making lifestyle changes toward better eating habits and exercise. I was not…

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Hola! My name is Andrea. I joined the Atlanta Triathlon Club in 2020. While I'm newer to ATC, I'm no stranger to swim/bike/run. I became an official triathlon finisher after training with Team in Training and the Portland Triathlon Club for the Pacific Crest Triathlon Distance in Sunriver, OR in 2011. Since then, I have traveled the country and the world to complete one 140.6 mile distance race…

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Hi ATC! My name is Viviran - the V is for Victorious! I claim it and believe it. First lesson in becoming a triathlete. You got to believe it for yourself! As a triathlete I learned very quickly doubt gets you nowhere. Either you prepare to finish or accept not trying. (preparation is better than participation). In 11/2019 I was again faced with another challenge. A diagnosis of Triple negative BC…

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Hi ATC! I have been fascinated by triathlons ever since I saw an Ironman race on TV when I was 20, but I really only stumbled into the sport in 2018 when a coworker asked me if I'd ever considered trying one. I told her I'd love to try the sport but I didn't have the gear needed to try one. Her response was to give me everything I needed (bike, helmet, shoes, etc) and then told me there was a…

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My swim struggles are well documented in our club, but the journey started when I was 5 years old. I suffered from severe asthma as a child, which impacted my lung development. My pediatrician prescribed swimming as a form of rehabilitation. I vividly remember my mother taking me to our local YMCA and enrolling me in swim lessons. On that first day, we practiced holding our breath and submerging…

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