Moth­er­hood and Multisport

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Section Subsection - By Jen­nifer Faraone

DanelleKabush, pro­fes­sional Xterra triath­lete, con­tin­ues to reach new per­for­mance lev­els af­ter the birth of her two chil­dren. Tara Norton, pro­fes­sional Iron­man triath­lete, swam, biked and ran through­out most of her preg­nancy, some­times log­ging up to 20 hours per week. Al­li­son Chisholm ran and biked through­out most of her preg­nancy, and raced a sprint dis­tance triathlon within a month of giv­ing birth. Belinda Bain first started train­ing for triathlons af­ter be­com­ing a mom as a way to pro­vide her with some much-needed me-time.

Although such ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­com­plish­ments may not be con­sid­ered the norm (or nec­es­sar­ily rec­om­mended) for the av­er­age preg­nant woman or new mother, it rep­re­sents a grow­ing num­ber of fe­male ath­letes who con­tinue train­ing dur­ing their preg­nancy and make a strong post­par­tum come­back. This is a stark dif­fer­ence from 10 to 15 years ago, when it was felt that ex­er­cise might cause in­fer­til­ity and other is­sues. When Lucy Smith, pro­fes­sional triath­lete, duath­lete and dis­tance run­ner, first be­came preg­nant in 1999, she was in a league of her own. “I had lit­tle ex­pec­ta­tions of how I would bal­ance rais­ing a fam­ily and rac­ing,” she says. “All the fe­male ath­letes I ad­mired and em­u­lated had stopped com­pet­ing upon get­ting preg­nant.” Two chil­dren and count­less num­ber of in­ter­na­tional wins later, it is fair to say that Smith has since be­come a role model her­self.

Still, just be­cause there may be a grow­ing num­ber of ath­letes that are com­bin­ing train­ing and rac­ing with rais­ing a fam­ily does not mean that this is the right path for ev­ery­one. Kathy Trem­blay, for ex­am­ple, chose the tim­ing of her preg­nancy to co­in­cide with her re­tire­ment as a pro­fes­sional triath­lete af­ter the 2012 Olympics.

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