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June 2015 - Cheryl Palen

Cheryl PalenCategory: Tri 100
 
What is your occupation?
Speech/Language Pathologist in public schools since 1975- currently working with preschool population with varying degrees of disabilities.
 
Tell us a little bit about your family:
married/one "child"- 28 year old daughter who is currently going to Art Institute in Chicago for a Master's in Art Therapy. Husband works at Arizona School of Deaf and Blind with visually impaired middle school students. Hubby and I met at a sprint triathlon!
 
When did you begin you Multisport Career and what made you decide to start racing multisport Events?
Runner since 1971. Started cycling after a dozen marathons and a few ultras (Rim2rim2rim was so fun!) for something 'different' and to strengthen my surrounding muscles (knees) so I could continue running. Watched a girl (Linda Sweeney) swim where I did and decided triathlons looked fun. Did first one in 1982 ( half ironman "kinda" distances)- Linda went on to win Kona I believe in 1980=81?
 
What have you learned from your participation in Multisport Events?
That it's a great thing for a teacher to do to increase her endurance in the classroom and that tris are just for fun and even if you are competitive, you should not take it too seriously. It is certainly not the most important thing in (MY) life.
 
Has your participation in Multisport Events help you overcome and Challenges?  If so, what?
No. Maybe has made me more balanced/efficient.
 
What is Something you can't race without?
My attitude.
 
Do you have a "Bucket List" race? If so, what race?
Doing one this summer...escape from Alcatraz. Have swum the bay from Alcatraz 7 times, so I guess I am ready. (Update: Since answering these questions Cheryl Palen completed and at the Escape from Alcatraz.)
 
What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
Meeting my husband in the parking lot after a sprint tri, stopping to talk to him, and the rest is history.
 
What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
Work until I am 62 so I can collect my Social Security- ha. I have pretty much accomplished all my race goals. Kona would be nice, but I can live the rest of my life without it.

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