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Athlete Spotlight: Lindsay Schwab

Name | Lindsay Schwab

Tell us about your family/careers.

I work full time in social services. I have two children, also. It’s busy trying to balance work, family, training, and keeping up with household chores and cooking.

What is your favorite sport/activity?

I love triathlons. I have also grown to love open water swimming more and more, thanks to an injury and some inspirational swimmers.

Outside of training with Tri Fitness, what are some of your favorite hobbies?

I don’t have full blown hobbies because I have limited free time, but I like visiting with friends, watercolor painting with my daughter, and playing Rummikub. I wish I had more time and energy to salsa dance.

What is your favorite motivational quote?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Favorite gear for summer/winter racing?

My old school, iPod shuffle. It's small and lightweight for listening to music on my runs.

What keeps you going when you really don't want to?

Accountability to Coach Vicki and my second favorite quote, "What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger."

What got you started with training/racing?

My friend, Kelly, invited me to try triathlons. I did one in college in the pool, on a borrowed bike, and on jello legs for the run. My first real triathlon was Heart of the Lakes super sprint, and I loved it!

How long have you been training/racing?

Off and on for 16 years.

Were you involved in other competitive sports prior to your adult years?

I was not an athletic child, but I joined track and then cross country because my friends were doing it. I realized I could run for a longish time and continued running cross country in college. I also dabbled in gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and rowing.

Best tip for a newbie?

It’s normal to freak out on the swim, even for experienced athletes. Practice open water swimming before the race.

What is your favorite pre/post workout snack/drink?

Lemonade flavored Accelerade (pre) and Fruit Punch Endurox (post). Bananas and rice krispie bars are good, too!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Team Hoyt (google them if you haven’t heard of this father and son) and my Ironman friends.

What is your biggest struggle?

Pushing through the pain in races. It’s a mental game.

What is your pre-race routine?

I usually eat an egg and cheese bagel sandwich with coffee, water, and sports drink. I try to get to the race early, set up transition, warm up, chat with my rack mates, eat a gel, and start!

Goals for the upcoming year (2021)?

Door County Half Ironman. I attempted a half Ironman years ago, but did not finish it (flat tire plus rain). It was the end of the season and there were no more races for my trained body. After that, I got pregnant. My family happened, then a bike accident, and traumatic brain injury. I continued doing Sprints and Olympic distances, as I was able. This year, I am taking advantage of the pandemic, working from home, and have older, independent children. I have more time to train for a longer race!

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