Lindsay McNutt

Edmonton, Alberta

Triathlon for me has never been about winning the race.  It's about setting goals to acheive.  I never realized when I started that I would meet amazing like-minded people along the way who would become lifelong friends!

We all push each other to be better and do better, no matter what.  We understand what it's like to get up at 4am on a cold winter day when all you want to do is stay in bed.  We are at the finish line cheering one another on, until everyone comes across, no matter how long it takes.  The friendships I have made through this sport are my favourite part (crossing the finish line is also up there :)).

Triathlon has also brought my family closer together.  My parents and I often talk over dinner about an upcoming race, how training is going, and of course my nutrition.  My sister runs with me on days I need an extra little push, and even though they don't race in the sport, they come cheer me on every single time!  My family understands the work and dedication I put into the sport and I am forever blessed to have their support.

I still remember training all winter for my first early spring sprint triathlon, not really knowing what I had gotten myself into.  I remember thinking to myself while standing on the pool deck, "How am I ever going to get through this?"  The thought crossed my mind again in the pool, but I kept pushing myself to keep going!  Sure enough, I crossed that finish line with a HUGE smile on my face and the satisfaction of completing a race event that had not one, but three disciplines to it!  I fell in love with the sport. 

Since that first race, I have completed several more Sprint distance and an Olympic distance, and a Half Iron 70.3 distance.  That was one of the top moments of my life so far.  Knowing how hard I worked to cross that finish line, the sense of accomplishment was absolutely gratifying!  2016 will be a challenging and exciting year racing the Hawaii Half Iron 70.3 in June with the friends I've met through triathlon.  I love the Great White North event and have raced the Olympic and 70.3 distances in the past, so it is also on my race schedule.  I will also be racing at Ironman Mont Tremblant in August (my palms get sweaty just thinking about it).  This year will certainly not be easy, but I look forward to the challenges and successes that lay ahead.  I'm pleased to be a part of the Element Ambassador Team, and the principles of diversity, inclusion, community and sportsmanship that it represents.     This is just regular formatted text, and can be used for the details. Bold key words so that they stand out.