This is the final week of my Parents In Fitness series, for now. Stay tuned though as I will be running the next series again after Easter due to popular demand.
If you missed the others you can find them below:
Now I know a thing or two about being married to a triathlete.
I was keen to get a woman’s perspective on the sport of triathlon so was super excited when my next guest agreed to be part of my Parents In Fitness series.
Meet Supermum, triathlete and genuine, all round great girl, Stacey Katelis…
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 43 years old and married with two kids. My kids are both in primary school, aged 7 and 10.
I work five days a week part time, and have just qualified as a spin instructor so I hope to get some work doing that too.
2. What particular sport/activity are you involved in?
I am involved in Triathlon. I am now into the longer distances, Half Ironman, have myself a coach (Xavier Coppock) and train with Teamtricoaching.
You can find them on Facebook here.
3. How much time do you spend each week keeping active?
I am ALWAYS active, but training takes up approx 14-15 hours a week, depending on where I go cycling on the weekends.
4. How do you juggle family, work and fitness?
Juggling family, work and training is all down to good organisation.
I wake up early to train and fit most of it in before the day at home starts.
The rest, I squeeze in where appropriate. For example, the kids soccer train two nights a week, so I will train whilst they are doing that.
Also my husband is around to help out here and there.
Saturdays are the hardest as I am usually out training til about 11am, however I dedicate the rest of the weekend to my family.
5. If you could have dinner with your fitness hero, who would it be and why?
Hmmm, fitness hero. To be honest, my fitness heros are my coach and the amazing athletes I train with.
I see how much work they put in and I admire them greatly for it. They inspire me to achieve more.
So I guess I’d just like to go to have dinner with them.
6. How do you encourage your kids to keep active?
I am leading by example I hope!
My kids love that their mum does triathlons. They think its cool.
I get them involved in kids tris and fun runs, but they have their own sporting interests in tennis and soccer.
Their dad also encourages them and is heavily involved in their sporting activities.
7. Proudest sporting moment?
My proudest moment is every time I cross the finish line and see my kids there waiting for me.
I’m proud to show them that when you put in the work, you will get a result, and if you set out to do something, you should do it properly and finish it.
8. What piece of fitness equipment or gadget can you not live without?
Easy. My bike. It is my third child.
9. Are you a gym junkie or do you prefer the great outdoors?
Definitely prefer training outdoors.
I only head to the gym out of necessity when the weather prevents me training outside, or if I need a sleep in!
10. If you could teach your children one thing about leading an active lifestyle, what would it be?
Keeping active, fit and healthy is the key to a healthy mind and body.
If you have this under control, the rest just falls into place. Set goals and achieve them.
When you feel strong, you are full of energy for all other challenges in life.
You interact better with others and you are happier within yourself.
Wow Stacey! THANK YOU. What an absolute inspiration to not only your family but also other parents out there wanting to live active, healthy lifestyles.
It just goes to show that with a little commitment, determination, organisation and goal setting, you can achieve anything!