Adam Rifkin stashed this in Cycling!
An Oakley commercial airing during the Tour de France features triathlete Jenny Fletcher.
Jenny has one of the most awesome athlete blogs I have ever seen.
You can find her bio on her website, JennyFletcher.com.
She also lists her favorite quotes:
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. ~Lance Armstrong
"I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream." ~Vincent van Gogh
"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream." ~ C.S. Lewis
"Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable." ~ John Wooden
Then I found this great 2010 article by Tara R. McKee on how Jenny became a triathlete:
Jenny Fletcher spent her teenage years straddling two different worlds: for a part of the year, she was a jet-setting model traveling around the world and during her summers she trained and competed with the Canadian team in junior (later, senior) World Modern Pentathlon competitions. Jenny had always been an athlete since her very early childhood in Red Deer, Alberta. She took on more sports than the average suburban child: dance, swimming, basketball, volleyball, track and field, riding horses and fencing. At age 15 she found the sport of modern pentathlon, an Olympic sports contest which includes five events running, swimming, pistol shooting and riding horse and epee fencing. She and her brother were very good at it, and would spend a few weeks each summer at a training camp in New Mexico...
At age 21, she met and married Arlynd Fletcher and “hung up the competiveness for awhile because so much was going on.” Yet it would have been against her nature to completely give up athletic pursuits, so she ran and became a “gym junkie” during their years in New York City. Her busy country childhood had only one drawback, she didn’t grow up with a bike. Her husband bought road bikes after their marriage and they started cycling. A friend of theirs encouraged them to sign up for a triathlon. It was her first and she cruised through it and did well and told herself; “I like this sport!”
She chose the professional athlete career over modeling because it was her true passion. Jenny tells Tara:
“My goal isn’t just to be a pro, I care how I do, I want to be successful at it and see how I do.”
Jenny's dream is to compete in the Olympics someday:
“If I don’t make it to Olympics, it’s not a huge deal, but I’m trying. But I wouldn’t want to wonder what if…”
Jenny did not, however, make the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.
She will keep working at it.
And more than anything, she wants to inspire people:
“When it comes down to it, I would love to inspire women and young girls, that is more inspiring than winning races for me — watching other people’s lives change because you gave them something that helped them to dream.”
She also wants to teach people to live healthy lives.
In "Triathlons 101" Jenny writes:
As the old saying goes, "For every two steps forward there's always one back," sums up my second attempt at the ITU (International Triathlete Union) circuit. I've made a lot of progress in my training, however that doesn't always immediately translate onto the race course. At first it can be discouraging but I know this journey is a building process. I haven't met a single pro triathlete that says their first year was a breeze, especially in the ITU circuit. Most of them said they've either got lapped out or DQ'd at some point. I breathe a sigh of relief, not because it makes me really feel any better but because I know deep down I am doing all the right stuff in training and it WILL all come together!
The journey is a building process. Don't get discouraged!
Jenny, we salute you. Keep pushing as hard as you can!!
Read more on Jenny's blog I have ever seen.
I found these race day tips from Jenny:
Eat right. Warm up. Stay warm. Change your mentality. Have fun.
If you do, you will perform beautifully.
Bonus: see this great "behind the scenes of Rabbit" video...