Century Club Spotlight Archive
Name: Carol Hunt
Category: Triathlon - 100
What is your occupation?
Water services technician for the City of Camarillo for the past 14 years.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I will celebrate a 40-year wedding anniversary with my husband, Fred, on May 12. I have four kids, but no human children. I have two sisters and one brother, who live in Kodiak, Alaska, Kailua, Hawaii, and Agoura Hills, California, respectively.
When did you begin your multisport career and what made you decide to start racing multisport events?
I was in retail management for over 20 years and the stress drove me to start running at age 40. After my first marathon, I got injured and checked out Rincon Racing to learn how to swim. I borrowed a bike, had great support and ventured into my first triathlon in Carpentaria. I swam off course, lost my bike chain and stumbled on the run but I was hooked. I love the friendships, destination trips and sharing in this sport. You always learn new things.
What have you learned from your participation in multisport events?
I've learned to be patient, listen to my body, don't give up and enjoy the journey. I've mentored newbies in the swim and put quite a few other women in the sport. Triathlon is a very special sport with so much to offer all of us regardless of age, shape, etc. From Ironman to sprint, we are a caring, insightful group. I have so many friendships from races and training.
Has your participation in multisport events helped you overcome any challenges? If so, what?
I have a thyroid condition (controlled by medications). My family has a history of obesity, strokes and heart attacks. By embracing triathlon, I feel I have mitigated some of the genetic health issues. Despite broken bones and knee surgery, I just do the very best I can and celebrate every day because so many others cannot.
Do you have a bucket-list race? If so, what race?
The Ironman Busselton. I hope to do at least one more Ironman after I retire from work in 2015.
What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
Twenty years ago, I did a relay Ironman in Maui. I was the runner and got lost on the trails part of the marathon. A long story but I eventually found my way and we ran together in the soft sand to the finish line. How wonderful to finish with my friends and have my family there also.
What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
At least one more Ironman race and to mentor 'seasoned' women in the sport. This sport has something to offer all ages and abilities.