How did you get started in your current sport?
Ariel: I’ve always had a competitive spirit. I was a Division 1 pole vaulter, a sport that doesn’t continue easily after college, so I was looking for something new to do for a hobby. I met Matt and after hearing about his triathlon experiences I figured I would give it a shot. After the first race ( Y Not Tri) I was hooked!
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Ariel: My biggest challenge is the time I have to commit. I work full time and I am also getting my MBA. That being said, Michelle has done a great job of understanding my schedule and ensuring that my workouts are realistic and obtainable.
What has been the greatest benefit of having a coach?
Ariel: I believe more than half the battle if figuring out what I should be doing for my workout. With Michelle guiding me, I know I will be prepared for the 70.3 or not 😀
What’s your best relationship advice for couples where both people are training?
Ariel: MEAL PREP! We make an effort to plan out our dinners for the week so that way when we get done working out, we already know what’s for dinner. Make sure to check in with each other and root each other on 🙂 It’s been fun so far!
Matt: We always try to encourage each other during our workouts. It can be tough since our workouts aren’t always the same, but we try and give each other high fives and some positive words to help get through the training sessions.
Thank you Ariel & Matt!