Amarillo women training for triathlon

Amarillo women training for triathlon
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

LiveWellFit is an all-female fitness studio with classes for women of all skill levels, including an outdoor class that is training for an upcoming triathlon.  What's surprising about this group, however, is the age range.

"Well my family thought I was crazy," said Candace Moses. "But I'm 55 this year, and a huge goal for me is to finish the tri."

On top of being older than your average triathlete, most of the women are lacking any training experience whatsoever.

"I mean I've always just swam at the lake or in the pool," said Moses. "As far as competitive or any training to do it, I've had none, on bicycling or running so its all new, we've just trained since the spring."

Mindy Douglass is the group's trainer, and she sees a major value in working with this 40 plus demographic.

"Its important to me for everybody to know that there's life after raising your kids," explains Douglass. "You don't have to go home from your job or if you're retired and just sit on the couch all day, there's still things out there that you're still capable of doing, you can still be healthy."

The women have been committed all summer to fighting this uphill battle together- to not only helping themselves, but also each other.

"These ladies are strong and have come so far. There's some really slow ones still, but there's some really fast ones. We never leave anybody behind, we always turn around and get the last one," said Douglass.

No matter if you finish first or last, these women recognize that they're all the same.

"When it comes down to just working out, we sweat the same, we're all self conscious about our body, we all have the same fears," expressed Douglass. "There's no judgment here, at all. All shapes and sizes, speeds, and abilities."

With the triathlon quickly approaching on September 8th at Lake Tanglewood, the women are so close to completing their goal. Although, this will not be the end of their training.

"We're not stopping here. We have hikes planned and trips planned, and more bike rides to be done, and maybe more triathlons to do," said Douglass.

Tri To Make a Difference triathlon will be held at Lake Tanglewood on September 8th. All proceeds will go to Children's Miracle Network.