In celebration of my journey and my new book, From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete published by Meyer & Meyer Sport, I thought it would be interesting to share other athletes’ stories here on A Triathlete’s Diary blog.
Today, I interview Caroline Gardner. Caroline is the host of Why We Tri Podcast and lives with her family in Miami, Florida. Here are the questions I asked her:
Why did you decide to start triathlon training? What was your why?
Love this question! I decided to start training in triathlon to help me overcome my fear of swimming in the open water. I also had spent enough time in spin classes leaving me wanting to be like a kid again riding everywhere!
What year did you start?
I started with a triathlon team Alien Endurance, Coached by Andy Clark in 2015.
Were you athletic growing up? If so, what sports did you play?
Sort of. I played Field Hockey in High School. Wasn’t on Varsity until Senior year, you know when they have to put you on the field? I always loved running short distances. And then years later running was a source of stress release.
What was your favorite race or your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is multiplied by 3:
- giving birth three times is no easy feat.
- As for a course, I would say Boulder 70.3. It was my 3rd 70.3 and by far the most challenging one I have completed so far.
What do you have planned for this year?
This coming September, I will be racing in Augusta 70.3 for the 2nd time. The first time was in 2017 when I almost did not get in the water due to fear and anxiety! Once I completed that water portion… I felt the most self-determination and sense of self-belief I’ve ever experienced.
Tell me about yourself. Are you married? Children? Ages? What do you do for a living?
I am a mom to 3 daughters, two teens, and one tween. Recently, I got divorced and am back in college to complete my bachelor’s in communication. I host, produce, and create my podcast and look forward to seeing where it takes me!