I am ReeAnn Zamora: RN, Mother, Sister, Friend, and Triathlete
10 years ago I met a woman who had completed an Ironman. I was astounded by such an accomplishment. I looked her and I looked at me and I dismissed myself from being able to dream of being any kind of athlete.
3 years ago my brother in law completed a sprint triathlon and I was inspired. This was a doable distance that I felt I may be able to accomplish. I quickly learned that while running seems simple I was not able to run more than a 100yds without feeling my lungs would collapse. I recognized that I needed guidance and I found TriLaVie. There was an information night and a 6 weeks clinic for beginners. And I was in. I attended this clinic and did my first triathlon, the iTRY. I did it with a beach cruiser and borrowed running shoes. But I DID IT!!!. Imagine that. I was 70 lbs over weight and I DID NOT LOOK LIKE AN ATHLETE BUT I DID A TRIATHLON.
Do I dare to begin to dream? Dream that I could be something I was not born with? Dream that if I worked for it, I could BECOME an athlete???? I did!!
I did it with the support of the team and an amazing coach, Martha Szufnarowski, believing me when I did not believe in myself. And most especially, I did it with the support of my incredibly wonderful daughter, Jessica.
Was it hard work? YES.
Was I slow? YES
Did I want to quit sometimes? YES. But quitting is forever and pain is only temporary, so, I didn’t quit.
On, August 24, 2013, I stepped up and dared to challenge myself and completed my first iTRY, triathlon.
With much work and determination and a very serious amount of mental toughness;
On July 25, 2015 I completed my first Half Ironman distance Triathlon.
I am an athlete.
I am a Triathlete.
And for this girl this dream came true.
I joined TLV in February 2012 when I turned 50 years old. I knew nothing about triathlons and had zero swimming experience. Basically I was a middle aged woman in search of a goal and a challenge. Six months after joining TriLaVie I successfully completed a half ironman triathlon and two years later completed a full Ironman. I don’t believe any of that would have been possible if I had not joined TriLaVie. However the best part of TriLaVie is not just the coaching, training plans and all of the knowledge that I have gained over the past couple of years from being a member of TriLaVie…no the best part of TriLaVie is the team itself. The camaraderie and support of the women on the team sets TriLaVie apart.
I joined TriLaVie to train for my first triathlon…I had no idea what I was doing and needed all of the help that I could get. Three years later, I’m still here…the amazing coaching and the camaraderie and support of my teammates keeps me going!
In 2008, I decided I needed more of a challenge to my workouts so I joined TriLaVie. The all women’s Triathlon team, to my surprise, not only provided me with outstanding coaching but opened the door to new friendships. The training also set the stage for representing the USA in the World Triathlon Championship in Budapest, Hungary
TriLaVie has made tremendous positive impact in my life and I am a stronger person because of it. You get to experience Orange County at a different level with inspirational women who are just like you.