Sally Sherman

| June 26, 2014
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Sally Sherman, Mars PA

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

Cycling, mountain biking, running like I’m dying, swimming like I’m drowning

What was your favorite race in 2013 so far?
Mighty Moraine Man 70.3, my first half (and second triathlon ever)!

What is your profession?
I am on faculty at Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh where I teach dance, yoga and exercise science. I am a second year Ph.D. student in Exercise Physiology.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
I have more tattoos than I can count and no you cannot see them. I’m a vegan and no the smell of bacon does not make me want to eat it.

What’s your favorite type of workout?
One that I believed at the start I couldn’t actually do but did it anyway.

What is the toughest part about keeping up such a challenging training schedule?
I am a devoted mother to six-year-old Lorelei and I cherish our time together. I am a Ph.D. student. There are just days when the training doesn’t happen. I have been battling skin cancer for 16 years and have removals constantly. Training has to occur with bandages falling off and getting in the way. Sunscreen is always in my eyes and I have to wear more layers than I want.

What’s you’re favorite, swimming, cycling or running?
Being on my bike is my happy place. My parents bought me a mountain bike when I was a kid and it became part of who I am.

What’s your greatest strength and weakness in the sport of running or triathlon?
I’m tenacious, stubborn and crazy. That has to be a strength. My weakness is that I have a lot of fear. This season taught me that FEAR IS A LIE and we must continue to battle our fears instead of waiting for them to subside. I can regularly be seen getting pulled out of the water in a kayak. I can hyperventilate like it’s my job.

What are the greatest challenges of training in Western, PA?
Western PA is breathtaking. How can we complain about all of the hills when they only prepare us for an inevitably easier terrain in races? …this is what I tell myself.

What did you learn from racing over the years?
The joy in racing comes from experiencing other people’s joy. I crossed my first 70.3 finish line and saw a tear come down the cheek of Traci McKenna. She barely knows me! But she was elated for me. This is true joy. Only when we find joy in the joy of others can we truly know happiness.

What was your biggest racing accomplishment in 2013?
Team Fit Chix (made up of Joella, Sue Moury and myself) took 2nd place in the full Rev3 relay beating the all-male teams. Crossing a finish line with these girls was an honor! 13 days later I did my first 70.3 and placed 1st  in my division….are we sure there were other women in my division?

What are your goals for 2014?
Run my first 26.2 and love every second of it…ok well maybe not every second.

What advice would you give someone just getting into running or triathlon?
Choose a different sport. Checkers? Scrabble?

What is the one race you want to compete in more than anything?
I told my mom yesterday that I WILL cross the finish line of a 140.6. Someone please talk me out of this!!

Anything else you would like to add?
I’m the only female on Team Reaction, a team sponsored by Reaction Nutrition. We are a group of athletes who try desperately to keep Christ at the center of our racing. These men are incredible and they inspire me every day. It’s an honor to race among them.

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