Bronwyn van Vugt
I was never a serious runner. Or cyclist. Or swimmer. In high school I was a somewhat serious downhill ski racer. I'm Canadian though (raised in Vancouver, BC), so that comes with the territory. In my twenties I ran a smidgen but was certainly no "serious athlete." I knew some "serious athletes." They were competitive triathletes; you know, crazy people. Then, at age 31, I got this notion that I should do a triathlon. So, I did: Ironman Muskoka 70.3 (2013) a couple months later. I really didn't think I could get addicted from just one race ... Next it was a marathon, then an ultra, then more triathlons, then faster times, and ... In summer, 2014, my family and I moved to San Francisco. The following April I was running Boston and I recall this distinct moment in the final miles when, looking around me at all those "serious runners," it occurred to me, "Hold-up. Am *I* a 'serious runner'?! Am I one of those crazy people?!" Unable to escape the possibility, I was compelled to find some crazy company.
When I joined Golden Gate Triathlon Club I was overjoyed by the camaraderie and sense of belonging offered by this group of "serious athletes." Turns out "serious," "athlete," "competitive," and "triathlete," are but arbitrary words. They are whatever you make them. Do you like to move? Do you have goals? Do you have a notion that swimming, biking, and running in the same day might be rewarding? You're at risk of being a serious, competitive triathlete. Welcome to the club. I can't wait to meet you, train with you, and help contribute to the awesomeness of this group of crazy people. In my less crazy moments, I like back-country camping, making a fool of myself on a dance floor (or in the kitchen in front of my husband and two kids), and drinking IPA.