Women Who Tri: A Re­luc­tant Ath­lete’s Jour­ney Into the Heart of Amer­ica’s New­est Ob­ses­sion

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FINISH LINE - By Ali­cia Di­fabio Velo­press, 2017

When you live in a town that boasts the largest women’s-only-triathlon club in North Amer­ica (the 900-strong Mul­lica Hill Women’s Tri Club), it makes sense that you might get drawn into the mix. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened to Ali­cia Di­fabio, who some­how found her­self on the start­ing line of the Queen of the Hill Sprint Triathlon, tak­ing on her first multi-sport event.

A mother of four, Di­fabio writes about her jour­ney from “har­ried mother” to full-fledged triathlon junkie. In Women Who Tri, Di­fabio pro­vides lots of in­spir­ing in­sight into the triathlon phe­nom­e­non, us­ing her own ex­pe­ri­ences and pro­files of other women.

The book of­fers a great in­tro­duc­tion to the sport – it prob­a­bly won’t pro­vide a lot of in­sight to more ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes, but it pro­vides an ex­cel­lent in­tro­duc­tion to triathlon. Di­fabio, who has a doc­tor­ate in clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, pro­vides the in­for­ma­tion in a great fash­ion – telling per­sonal sto­ries.

A great ex­am­ple of that sto­ry­telling comes in the chap­ter on An­drea Peet, the very last fin­isher (by an hour) of the Ram­blin’ Rose Sprint Triathlon. Peet has ALS and Di­fabio man­ages to tell her story while pro­vid­ing graphic ex­am­ples of how ac­cept­ing and sup­port­ive the sport can be.

Di­fabio cov­ers ev­ery­thing from find­ing a club to deal­ing with re­la­tion­ships to in­tro­duc­ing your kids to the sport. Women Who Tri is an en­ter­tain­ing in­tro­duc­tion to the sport for any women who are new to the sport and look­ing for some guid­ance and in­spi­ra­tion as they start the jour­ney.—km

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