Endurance athlete, personal trainer, and triathlon coach Rebecca Venticinique ran her first road race at age 7 and continued running and competing throughout high school and college, where she took on the heptathlon (this involves seven events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run).

Rebecca joins MRG on the show to talk about triathlon — she and her husband Tony coach athletes of all levels through their company Tri Again Fitness in Traverse City — and how runners in particular can make the transition to this sport. {To listen to our conversation, click on the player at the top of this post.} 

Rebecca and Tony Venticinque, owners of Tri Again Fitness in Traverse City.

I also share some of my experience with triathlon; I’ve done the M22 Challenge, a run-bike-paddle event in northern Michigan numerous times, and two summers ago I finished the Epic Races Tri Goddess Tri sprint triathlon in southern Michigan, which is a traditional swim-bike-run triathlon. I hope to complete at least one more traditional tri this summer.

Since 1993, Rebecca has coached invidious sports, from cross country and track and field, to volleyball, soccer and softball. Most recently, this mother of 7 has found her niche in triathlon and marathon racing — she’s competed in the Bayshore Marathon, the Charlevoix Marathon, Disney’s Goofy’s Challenge, and the Midland Marathon. She finished her first Ironman in 2015.

If you’re considering trying triathlon this summer, or if you’re an experienced triathlete who could use some motivation going into the upcoming triathlon season, you’re going to enjoy our conversation.

p.s. looking to save money on a triathlon this summer? Be sure to check out the race discount codes page here for savings on this June’s Tri Goddess Tri.


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