Erin Nicotra

| July 26, 2013
Erin Nicotra

Erin Nicotra

What activities do you participate in? (swim, bike, run, hike, etc.)

Running, swimming, biking

What was your favorite race in 2012 and 2013 so far?

Favorite race in 2012: Dam Tri Olympic Distance Triathlon. It was my first Olympic distance triathlon so it is near and dear to my heart. This race showed me that it is possible to conquer your fears.

Favorite race in 2013: Pittsburgh Half Marathon. It was my first big race since my dad passed away in January. He carried me to a PR and helped me finally break a sub 7:00 minute mile pace. Thanks Dad!!!

What is your profession?

First and foremost being a mom!!!

I am also an Indoor Cycling Instructor and Group Exercise Instructor at the Rose Schneider YMCA. I also work for 5 Generation Bakers doing french toast samplings at various stores and food shows. I have the GREATEST boss ever!!!!

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

Growing up, I was extremely shy!!! Up until I graduated from college, talking to people and coming out of my shell was such an obstacle. Now you can’t shut me up! I am the girl in the Aquatics center at the YMCA who gabs for 30 minutes before I even get into the pool. I love learning about people and chatting about anything and everything.

What’s your favorite type of workout?

Any workout that challenges me definitely ranks up there as a favorite. When I walk away from a workout feeling like I just got kicked in the butt I know that it is going to be a good day. However, the workouts that I spend time running with my friends, catching up on all the latest news, and then going out for coffee are the workouts that are PRICELESS! Who knew that working out and creating memories could go hand in hand.

What is the toughest part about keeping up such a challenging training schedule?

Balancing life and a training schedule is definitely challenging, however, in my situation, it creates fantastic structure. I love that when I wake up in the morning I can pull up an App on my phone that will give me my workout plan for the day. I cross my fingers that I can squeeze everything in, but that is part of the challenge.

What’s you’re favorite, swimming, cycling or running?

Cycling is definitely the scariest. One day I will overcome my fear of being on two wheels and be brave enough to grab my water bottle. Running is my first love, however, after a couple marathons I felt like I began to burn out. My Rabbit Jillian said to me, “You have to start loving something else in order to find your love for running again.” That’s when I started swimming. What started as a fear grew into a passion. I love swimming because it was the most challenging for me. As I began to train for the Dam Tri, running started coming easier for me as the crosstraining started to pay off. Before I knew it, I found it again: My love for running.

What’s your greatest strength and weakness in the sport of running or triathlon?

My breathing was once my biggest weakness while running. However, since I started swimming, it has become a strength. I still have a difficult time with muscle soreness. My plan in the next year is to focus on core training to improve my strength while running.

What are the greatest challenges of training in Western, PA?

Weather! I love the challenge of the hilly Western, PA terrain. With the exception of Textor Hill, I don’t mind training on Western, PA hills. However, once winter hits the treadmill becomes my BFF. Just call me the Wimpy Winter Weather Runner!

What did you learn from racing over the years?

Joella once told me, “It takes 3 years to make a runner.” She was so spot on. It has taken lots of time and hard work to accomplishment my goals. Every training session is a learning experience and sometimes I have good days and not so good days. I will continue to learn from those who are willing to teach and pay it forward to those who are looking to learn from my experiences.

What was your biggest racing accomplishment in 2012?

Completing the Dam Tri Olympic Distance Triathlon. It felt great to overcome my fears and achieve 2nd in Age Group.

What are your goals for 2013 and 2014?

I would love to say complete a Half Ironman but I feel there is so much I still need to learn about the sport. My biggest goal is to break a 1:30 half marathon and achieve that with my dad’s spirit by my side.

What advice would you give someone just getting into running or triathlon?

Start by setting a goal and slowly build to achieve it. Everybody is different so work at your own pace. Find a friend, join a group, find something that will push you, encourage you, inspire you. I guarantee in 1 year you will look back on your first run and be amazed at how far you have come.

What is the one race you want to compete in more than anything?

A half ironman. But first I need to learn how to overcome the difficult task of grabbing my water bottle while on the bike.

Anything else you would like to add?

Nothing is better than the friendships I have made while training. I use to be so caught up in the competition but once you focus on the things that are important you will be surprised at what you will accomplish. Who knows how long one can continue to compete. Only time will tell. One thing is true: When that day ends your friends will be right beside you to put a smile on your face.





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