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    Posted December 4, 2012 by
    Atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge

    Defying Stereotypes: Who Says I Can't Do A Triathlon?

    I've been intrigued with the idea of doing a triathlon ever since I stumbled across Ironman Kona while flipping through the channels one day. I bought a triathlon magnet about a year ago and put it on my refrigerator as a daily reminder of my desire to do a triathlon. I am the perfect candidate for Dr. Gupta's team because I represent women who are juggling career, being a wife, and mother. In addition to working full-time I have the typical mommy duties of shuffling kids to band practice, tennis, swimming, Girl Scouts, etc. As a member of the team I can show that it's possible for busy, working moms to be active in the sport of triathlon. I also represent a group who is not very visible in the sport of triathlon. I defy the stereotype that African Americans are afraid of water and specifically that African American women don't want to get their hair wet. I also defy the stereotype that African Americans are not fitness minded. Both my mother and grandmother suffer from diabetes and a host of other issues. Neither were active younger in life. I'm trying to break that cycle for my children and I. I think it's important to show people defying those stereotypes. If selected, I would share and blog about my experience in hopes that my journey would get others interested in triathlons; to see triathlons as a sport for them no matter their shape, size, ethnicity, or other demographics. Ultimately, I would love to pay it forward and coach others who are new to the sport. I am highly focused and driven. My goal wouldn't be to just finish, but to finish strong! Select me and help me earn the right to move that triathlon magnet from my refrigerator to my car!
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