Everyday Triathlete Photo Contest
Alberta Triathlon Association wants to hear from you! Catch some action shots during your racing season and they may be shared with thousands of people within the triathlon community! Send your images to us for a chance to win the Alberta Triathlon Prize Pack. As soon as you email your photos to email@example.com, you will automatically be entered into the draw.
If there is an exciting story, inspirational quote, or short biography to go along with your photos, we want to hear them!
Hi! My name is Amanda Wowk and I am a 20-year-old Edmonton based triathlete.
In the spring of 2015 I decided to take a chance and register for a triathlon. I had been running for a while and thought I would take it one step further. I started training immediately. My idea of swimming was going to the water park on a Saturday afternoon, not doing laps at 5:30 in the morning which soon became my routine. I didn’t have a bike at the time, and didn’t end up purchasing one until only 2 weeks before the race.
After teaching myself to swim, riding every day and maintaining my running- I fell head over heels for the sport of triathlon. My first race went so much better than I had expected but even if it hadn’t I would have tried again. I was hooked.
With only that one sprint under my belt I made the decision to really push my limits. I registered for a 70.3! Soon my world completely revolved around triathlon. I spent endless hours throughout the winter in the pool, riding on the trainer and running on the treadmill. My time was not only consumed by the training sessions but I had so much fun stumbling through training for my first race that I decided to continue on as a self-coached athlete. I read every book imaginable, watched videos, subscribed to triathlon magazines and spent hours on the internet researching.
There were many times I questioned whether or not this goal of mine would be possible, but it wasn’t until June 1st 2016 when that idea became a very real possibility. I was riding my bike on a path with a friend of mine. Everything was going perfectly until a motorized vehicle turned onto the path and struck me. Not only was my bike destroyed but it seemed as though my dream was too. I was rushed to the emergency room where they concluded that I had three broken ribs and internal bleeding within my quadriceps.
I was absolutely devastated. Six months of hard work felt as though it was all for nothing when my doctor advised me to cancel the rest of my races for the reason. I had four half marathons, a full marathon, an Olympic triathlon and my biggest race- my 70.3 left. With risks of surgery and the possibility of even worse, I had hit rock bottom. I went from being in the best shape of my life, to not being able to walk across the room in the blink of an eye.
My peak weeks were filled with icing, elevating, plenty of tears and soul searching. Triathlon had taught me to dig deep, to never give up, and to always believe in myself. So, while lying in my bed that is what I decided to do.
I slowly began to pick up the pieces. Two weeks after the accident I raced a half marathon. I went against everyone’s advice- family, friends and doctors. Nothing was going to stop me. With my sights still set on my 70.3 I did everything I could to not only recover but to make up for lost time.
On July 24th, 2016 I lined up with hundreds of other triathletes. I had never been so nervous for anything in my entire 20 years of living. It was time to make my dream come true.
The pain was excruciating and all of the risks I was taking replayed throughout my mind the entire day. It was a long, hard day but the feeling of crossing the finish line made everything I had gone through not only during the race but throughout the past few months’ worth it.
Anything truly is possible if you stay positive, work hard and don’t take no for an answer. I am beyond blessed to be able to do what I do and don’t take a single day for granted. Believe me when I tell you that this crazy, exciting, scary, magical sport of triathlon honestly changed my life… for the better.
Hi. My name is Tristan White. I am 10 years old and starting Grade 5 in September.
I was first introduced to triathlon when the Alberta Summer Games were hosted in Airdrie. My family and I volunteered to help out and my Mom requested we be placed with the triathlon event.
I was very impressed by what I saw. Kids like me working hard and participating in not one, not two but three sports all in one!!! They were having fun and it just was something I had to try
So my Mom got info about races for kids (Kids of Steel) and the only one that I could do that year was Lake Chaparral. I got some gear and gave it a try. It was amazing!!! People cheered, I got a medal, a lady from Tri It wanted a picture with me at the finish line. I felt like a star! I needed to do more.
Next year I participated in 11 KOS races! Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Stettler and more. It was a busy but very fun summer. I have been in the local paper, invited to explain to kids at my school what being a triathlete means and what we do during a race and more.
I saw things that I needed to improve on and want to do better so my parents signed me up to train with the Kronos Triathlon Club in Calgary. Over the winter I trained there every week and everyone saw improvements. The program is great and the coaches amazing!
The 2016 season has been going strong and I just finished Lake Chaparral again (3rd time!). In a couple of weeks I head to Kelowna for race #10 of this season which will be the last one for this year for me. I have moved to a higher age group so the races are tougher but I have done pretty good. I still see things I need to work on and hopefully over this coming winter I can make those improvements.
I love being a triathlete. I want to see where this sport can take me. I could travel the world doing a sport I love. Who knows, maybe I could be an Olympian someday.
Hard work and dedication can take you anywhere you want to go. But mostly: have fun!!
I am 11 years old and have been doing triathlon for 3 years. I train with the Kronos Development group. I love triathlon, and did 8 races this year!!
Barbara Anne MacKintosh
I came into triathlon as a swimmer, and a commuter cyclist, and an okay runner. I loved the idea of combining three sports for one race, and I was trying to find a way to motivate myself to keep fit, so I signed up for a race and downloaded a beginners training program, and it did the trick.
These photos are from my first Triathlon this summer, it was a sprint distance race that was part of the MEC summer race series. It was a fantastic experience, all the volunteers cheered you on as you went by, and the other racers encouraged each other, and some people who accidentally happened upon the course stopped to watch and cheer us on.
All the photos were taken by my Dad, every time I came to the transition zone I would look up and see him among the spectators, it was a really great feeling to have someone there to support me! And catch some photos of my race too.
I finished the race and I loved every second of it. I also set a new personal best swim time! I can't wait for my next race in September, this time it's going to be open water swim, and I'm looking forward to the challenge!
Photo 1 from left: Stephanie Fitzgerald, Jill Long, Karlene Strauss, Heather Campbell (of Lynx Triathlon Club)
Photo 2: Done and done! Ready to celebrate Canada Day (Stephanie Fitzgerald)
We LOVE being triathletes! Early start at the Turner Valley Tri celebrating Canada Day!
My kids all did the TRi KiDS triathlon in Calgary... the girls really wanted to try it. I thought how adorable would it be for our youngest son to do it in a life jacket and on training wheels. And our oldest was pushed WAY out of his comfort zone with the crowds and noise (he has Asperger's) and didn't particularly want to participate but came through with a smile.
What an incredibly well organized event and such terrific emphasis on active living and completion, not competition!
This is our little training group from Edmonton after having completed the Calgary 70.3 this past weekend. For 2 of us is was our first 70.3 for another it was his 23rd. We are an unofficial training group utilizing YMCAs, relying on friends who live in a lake community for open water swims and the Devon highway as a bike path. For whatever reason the motto was "What about Bob?".
My friend Elaine McDonald ran her first Olympic distance triathlon at Great White North in July. She did amazing as not only did she finish but she placed first in her age category.
The second picture is of her after receiving her finishers medal she came out to meet me and ensure that I also crossed the finish line as well. She is the one with her hands in the air smiling. She has the true spirit of the race - everyone crosses the finish line.
Hi, my name is Ashlyn Mack and I am 10 years old and going into grade 5. I have been running triathlon since I was 6 years old. I currently train with Nose Creek Swim Association in Airdrie and also with my triathlon coach Sharon Styles who is someone I look up to because she is AMAZING and so fast! My favorite parts of triathlon are the early mornings, crazy weather that always provides a challenge and competing against others who love the sport as much as I do. Swim bike run forever!!
It's what you do when no one is looking that matters the most.
Stephanie Leduc (left) and Dana Moynihan (right). This was both of our first Olympic distance triathlon. We didn't know what to expect! For me (Stephanie) personally I was so nervous. Being a police officer it can be difficult to maintain a training schedule for such a demanding sport. but I am very excited to say that I am hooked. The people and athletes at the Great White North were so supportive and encouraging. 70.3 here we come!
My name is Mathilde Denier, and this is me competing in my first triathlon. The race was awesome and I am so glad to have these great pictures to remember my first steps as a triathlete!
My name is Emma Skaug and I am 16 years old. This is my second year racing Triathlon. This is the quote that I really like:
These require zero talent:
1. Being on time
2. Work Ethic
4. Body Language
8. Being coachable
9. Doing extra
10. Being prepared
My name is Fanny Tremblay and I am 25 years of age. My photos were taken at the Allan Beach triathlon today (sprint distance). Here is my story :)
I never was the athletic type and shortly after moving to Alberta from Quebec at age 19, I was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease, IgA nephropathy. Thankfully, my kidney function is 100% normal as of now, and I just so happy to be able to race!
I started attending the gym about 5 years ago, which got me into obstacle course racing, and one day at the office, my previous boss talked about an Ironman. I had no clue what a triathlon was, but I then signed up for a try-it distance in 2015 (Coronation triathlon). I was then hooked!
I feel comfortable around triathletes; no matter which size/shape you are, and/or fitness level you are at, everyone is friendly. The positive and respectful atmosphere during events is absolutely fantastic.
Despite my health challenges (IgA nephropathy is not curable and in most cases progress towards total kidney failure; I also have high blood pressure as a consequence of this disease and have been recently diagnosed with asthma), I feel confident, happy, and "normal" while racing.
I am hopeful for the future as my nephrologist is the first one to be surprised at how good my health is at the moment and somewhat stable even with an unpredictable disorder. He always tells me during follow-up visits: keep doing what you are doing because so far it's working!
I love that I can apply some "mental toughness" in every sphere of my life; when health is not on my side, that work is stressful, or that I just feel lonely being away from my family whom is in Quebec, I learned that I can always dig deeper within myself and persevere to get through the toughest of times.
In short, triathlon keeps me motivated to be healthy, helps me to focus on my goals, allows me to meet great people, and gives me a joy to live and push my own limits.