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Q. Have you always been into fitness?

A. My dad, Bob Lee, was a professional football player and played in Super Bowl IV in the late 1960s. He retired the year I was born. Being active has always been part of my life. My mom Janice did not play any organized sports but she used to run and still works out every day. I did gymnastics, ballet and acrobatics in school. I have an older brother who played baseball and I was able to play on his team. When I attended The University of California, Santa Barbara, I played softball for a year but then I felt I needed to dedicate some time to paying for part of my education. At that point I started doing yoga and running competitively instead of doing organized sports.

Q. What did you learn from the triathlon? What would you say to inspire others who may be thinking of entering a similar competition?

A. One of the things that a physical challenge teaches you is to be tough. There were people who did the triathlon who did not seem to be professional athletes, but they put their whole heart into the competition. A good race like this gave me some mental toughness to “get the job done.” I made it through even though I was scared and nervous about the swimming, in particular. We had to jump off a pier and start swimming from a dead spot. I could not get my rhythm and it was a scary feeling swimming in open water—much harder than in a pool. Sometimes doing live television is the same way—you just have to jump in and do it! There will never be an ideal time to take on a challenge like this and I would never have done it on my own. Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to get out there and do something different. I think it may be helpful if you let the universe lead you.

NOTE: There are two standard distances for a Triathlon: An Olympic Triathlon is 1.5K (1mile) swim, a 40K (25 miles) bike, and a 10K (6.2 miles) run. A Sprint Triathlon is 1/3 mile swim, 15 mile bike, 3.1 mile run

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