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My name is Kenrick, husband to the beautiful woman on my right. My official triathlon journey started in 2010 when I raced my first sprint triathlon. I remember the day well.....my gear was primitive - no race kit for me that day so I had to yell for assistance from my wife to peel a skin tight Under Armour shirt down my wet torso in transition. That didn't help my T1 time! The race included a flat tire 3 miles out from transition so I rode it in on the rim. The run was labored and excruciating - but I made it! And so a long, transformative journey began.
The subsequent years have brought me some amazing highlights - I was privileged to have raced on the sport's biggest stages including qualifying for and racing in the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI and 3X Ironman 70.3 World Championship finisher. I have begun a new career out of my passion - I am now a triathlon coach and am so grateful to be able to share the triathlon sport with my athletes and see their journeys unfold.
My best advice to others in the sport is to find the balance, create a positive/healthy support system, and that, in turn, will allow your goals to be attained. Having my family there with me throughout the experiences, cheering me on and supporting me has meant the world to me. You need to keep everything in perspective and work hard when it's time to work hard and play hard when it's time to play hard.
As a coach, I find it very gratifying to watch my athletes and other athletes around me reach for their goals and accomplish things that they never thought could be obtained. In starting The Bruised Banana, we wanted to develop a platform for these amazing journeys to be shared and also to have a community where athletes could share their race day stories in the form of personalized race reports. I have been very inspired by the stories that have been shared by our contributors. Thank you for being a part of our community and best of luck on your race seasons and your journeys. Race Hard, Race Smart, and Have Fun! - Kenrick
My name is Jodi, wifey to the handsome big guy over there to my left. So my relationship with triathlon began about 12 years ago when my husband first dabbled in triathlon with a bike purchased at a thrift store for $10 (I'm not kidding!). He had a few local races that season and then we were married, started a family (we have three adorable kiddos - I'm a little biased), and settled into jobs and raising our family - so triathlon was put on a hiatus. My husband re-entered the triathlon world around 2010 and to say it was a change for our family is an understatement. I seriously thought he had been abducted by aliens!
He spoke an alien language with words like taper, crushed it, pain cave, gu, brick workout and more. He completely changed his eating habits, became awkwardly comfortable in spandex, and actually enjoyed 5 hour long bike rides - who was this man?! I vividly remember my first race with him on a big stage and knew I had landed on the mothership because there were more aliens just like him walking around discussing flavors of waffles and what kind of chafing cream works best.
His passion led to a career change - he is now a triathlon coach and he is very much enjoying seeing others travel their own journey in the sport. It has taken us some years but we are finally figuring out the balance in this stressful, time-consuming sport and I have grown to love my alien's passion and am extremely proud of all that he has accomplished.
We began The Bruised Banana about a year ago and our hope is to grow a supportive community where athletes could share their stories, encourage others, and learn and grow as triathletes and runners. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of our amazing contributors and fans here on The Bruised Banana. Your stories and your journeys have inspired me immensely - keep up the great work out there!
I have bitten the triathlon bug and now have a "real" swimming suit (no more girlie bikinis at the pool to swim laps), I have a road bike, and am contemplating my first triathlon possibly in 2015. I will keep you posted! Thanks again for checking out our site, please contact us with any race reports you would like to submit, article submissions, or amazing athlete stories! Keep working hard, find your balance, and above all have fun with it and maybe I'll see you out there on the race course soon! - Jodi
Update: I raced my first triathlon this summer (2015)! And then over the rest of the summer I raced two more - I'm hooked!