YWCA Women’s Triathlon – Triathlete Q&A with Mari Ruddy
Why do you race in YWCA Women’s Triathlon?
I have had type 1 diabetes for 36 years and I have had breast cancer twice. Staying physically fit is essential for maintaining my health and well-being. I love having goals to work towards. Doing this triathlon is a wonderful summer highlight. I appreciate the great energy of the race and the cheering of people who watch the race always makes me feel like I belong and am doing something worthwhile for my health.
What is the best advice you have ever received about racing or training?
My favorite triathlon coach told me early in my racing career to always smile when I'm training and racing. Turns out this keeps me in a positive mood and reminds me how much fun I am having!
What advice would you give to individuals who are considering racing?
If you are thinking about doing this race, then find a friend and sign up! Then look around for a training plan you can follow and DO IT! Next, do as many YWCA training events that you can. They are worth every penny and will boost your confidence!
Any other specific tips you would like to share?
Every Sunday night, I spend time scheduling all my training events for that coming week. I make a strong effort to keep these dates with myself. This strategy has made a huge difference in my ability to execute a race or big athletic event. Also, as they say, nothing new on race day! And while you're at it, write up a race plan for yourself!
What has helped you to bounce back from an injury and return to the Tri?
A few years ago, I broke my ankle two weeks before I was to ride a 100 mile bike ride, which I had trained 16 weeks to do. I started water aerobics classes at YWCA as soon as I could. While I was waiting to do that, I kept my fitness up by doing chair dancing! The key to recovery for me is to keep moving in whatever ways I can. I'm excited to do the YWCA Women’s Triathlon in August 2018. It feels like a wonderful return to train and complete the entire race again!
Next goal for the race or for a specific event?
For summer 2018, I will do the YWCA Women’s Triathlon and I will ride 62 miles at the Tour de Cure bike ride for the American Diabetes Association.
Why do you choose to support YWCA’s mission?
I love what you all stand for and how you successfully create a meaningful event for women of all kinds. Thank you!