Captain Jonalyn Forman
I started competing triathlon in 2015. My oldest son bought me a road bike for Christmas 2014, so I felt compelled to put it to good use. I had been a forever injured runner to that point. I competed the Lake Tahoe Sprint Tri in August 2015 and was hooked. I competed 3 more sprint distances in 2016, and then upped my game in 2017. I competed 2 more sprints, 3 Olys and 1 HIM. I’m on a bit of a hiatus from triathlon this year due to hip surgery, but I will be rocking the Half distance Aquabike this season . . . . and I’m contemplating my first marathon in December. That, however, is TBD =)
I love triathlon, though running doesn’t like me that well. The swim and bike are definitely my stronger disciplines.
I suffered a pulmonary embolism in November 2011. My oldest son suggested I start running as a means to regain lung capacity. It took me a good 3 months before I really enjoyed it or experienced that elusive runner’s high. Once I did, I was hooked. However, I was always suffering nagging running injuries. My son offered me the use of his bike while I was healing an injury and invited me to swim with him on occasion. I think he got tired of me borrowing his bike and needing to move his seat setting, so he bought me my first road bike for Christmas 2014. It was then that an “accidental triathlete” was born.
I have felt like completing every race has been a HUGE accomplishment. To date, though, my most difficult race and my very first age group win happened at June Lake in July 2017. That run was more of a hike and super rocky. There’s a reason it’s called the most difficult race in the most beautiful place. I also completed my first HIM in September 2017 in 5:51 which made me feel like I had just conquered the world.
I am looking forward to the half distance aquabike at June Lake in 2018 and Aquabike Nationals later this year.