Angela crashed halfway through the ride portion of the last qualifying race for the 2018 International Triathlon Union standard duathlon, got back on her bike, finished the race, won her age group, qualified for a place on the Canadian age group team, then learned she had broken a bone in her hand. Seven weeks later, her hand out of cast, she also qualified for the 2018 ITU Worlds sprint duathlon. The ability to succeed in duathlon came as a surprise. Academic not athletic or coordinated Angela took up aerobics and then recreational running as a university undergraduate to get fit and maintain a healthy weight. To celebrate turning 40 she stepped out of her comfort zone to compete in her first race, a try a tri. After a 10 year hiatus from racing when she turned 50 Angela completed one sprint duathlon with a 5 k road race as a warm up. Two years later she was racing frequently, up to 3 times per month, and is now a dedicated member of one of the fastest growing age groups in multisport, women 50 to 59. Having discovered the comradery of racing, especially with other women, the advantage of having a coach, and the benefits of training with a club, Angela is a volunteer executive member and coach with her local club, the Guelph Triathlon club. She wants to inspire even more women to get out of their comfort zone, and experience the satisfaction that comes, not from winning by beating someone else, but from attaining a challenging personal goal.
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