training with Coach Chris Palmquist
My day job includes running our family owned manufacturing business with my dad. I am an engineer by training but am quickly learning all aspects of running a business though daily opportunities. I grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois not playing too much in the way of team sports, but always active with my family from paddling and camping to weekend bike rides.
I currently live in Carol Stream with my 5 lb canine roommate, Pixie. I have been gradually losing weight over the last few years, and about a year ago started riding a Peloton indoor bike. The Peloton classes keep me motivated and there's fun in knowing you are riding live with other people. When looking for my next fitness goal, triathlon appealed to me as the variety of different sports sounded interesting and a great way to keep from getting bored!
I am going to do two 5K’s in preparation for my first sprint triathlon (Naperville Sprint Triathlon) including the Milwaukee Marathon 5k and the Wonder Woman 5k. I think the running portion of the sprint will be my biggest challenge as I am most comfortable on the bike!
In my spare time I enjoy building Jeeps and testing the ability of my Jeep while riding off-road trails. I found Coach Chris by doing a search for local triathlon coaches, as I am lucky enough to live close enough to work with her in person!
I recently returned from a trip to Sarasota, FL where I ran the perimeter trail at Nathan Benderson Park, the picture below is after finishing the 3.5 mile loop!