January 2018 – Charlene Alcorn

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  1. Tell us about you and your family.  I am from Louisville, KY.  WKU alumni.  We have two grown kids, 21 and 24.  I work part time for General Electric as a Builder Sales Specialist. I also teach Spin classes at the Y and work part time as a Volunteer recruiter and manager for a National Kid’s Triathlon Non-Profit. 24.   
  2. What are you passionate about outside of triathlon? I love gardening, flowers and crafts.
  3. What is one fun fact about you? I was “Miss Kentucky NCHA” in 1984. (National Campers and Hiker’s Association)
  4. When & how did you get interested in triathlons?  Marilyn Meyer was instrumental in getting me started in triathlon in 2008.  My first triathlon was the GJCC sprint Tri in 2008. I won “Over all female masters champion” and have been hooked ever since!
  5. Which is your strongest and weakest discipline – swimming, biking or running? Why?  Because of my love for cycling, I tend not to save enough for a good run off the bike.
  6. What is your most memorable/favorite race and why? Races where we had a big group of HEAT members racing and spectating. Gulf Coast 2009 was my first 70.3. It was so great to see HEAT peeps everywhere on the course!
  7. What do you tell yourself in a race or training when it gets really hard? Speaking words of encouragement to other athletes while I’m suffering, quiets the “negative” in my head.
  8. What races are on your schedule for 2018? Chattanooga 70.3, Tri Louisville Olympic, River Bluff sprint.
  9. What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without? My helmet.
  10. How long have you been a member of HEAT? What is your favorite thing about our team? I’ve been a member of HEAT since 2007. HEAT is very welcoming and encouraging to everyone. Being part of a club like Heat is a great way to make friends, tri something new, get active and love it!
  11. If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete what would it be?  Enduring hard training/racing days not only make you a mentally strong athlete, but make you a mentally strong person.