We are so proud to be able to introduce you to one of our amazing Ambassadors Christina Ekonomi. Christina is a superwoman, no doubt. Armed with serious determination, a killer positive attitude and twin boys (!!), she is one to turn to for motivation. We’ll let her introduce herself 😉
‘I am so excited and beyond grateful to be asked to be the next Featured Fohette! I’m not the best at writing about myself, but here goes! 🙂 My name is Christina. I’m a wife, marketing manager, triathlete and certified yoga instructor, but my most important job is mommy to amazing twin boys! I live in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. I don’t think there are too many better places in the world to live and train than here!
As a child I always loved to run and some of my fondest childhood memories include running and the races my brother and I staged with our dog Keisha! I loved to run against all the boys in my neighborhood and in gym class. I was most definitely a tomboy and preferred being outside playing sports.
By the time I graduated college, I was too focused on my career to pay much attention to anything else. My fitness and overall well-being suffered in my 20’s as I rose the corporate ladder. The bright light in my 20’s was meeting my husband. After getting engaged, we decided to make the move to Santa Barbara.
I took up running again shortly before moving to Santa Barbara, completing my first half marathon three months later. Santa Barbara has a wonderful community of athletic minded people. I quickly was embraced by this community and completed my first triathlon in 2011, followed by three more sprint distance triathlons that year.
In 2012, I completed my first Olympic distance tri and qualified for the USAT National Championships. At the same time, I was going through a personal struggle with infertility that only those closest to me knew about. My husband and I were excited to start a family and couldn’t understand why it wasn’t happening. I backed off the training, missing the championships in hopes that would help speed up the process. It took much longer than we expected, but finally in December 2013 we found out I was pregnant and with twins!
I stopped all training while I was pregnant and spent the majority of my third trimester on bed rest. I gave birth to two healthy baby boys in August 2014. Eight weeks later I got the all clear to start running again.
It felt amazing to get back to running and training, but it wasn’t easy. Those first few weeks, I struggled to run 2 miles without stopping. I remember returning from that first run in tears, from both happiness and frustration. I felt like I was starting from scratch
with my fitness, but it was more than worth it to have my two precious baby boys.
I kept at it and slowly my endurance and fitness began to return. Running a sub 2 hour half at the Santa Barbara Wine County Half Marathon nine months postpartum gave me confidence that I could return to triathlon and endurance sports fitter and stronger than ever.
2016 has been a year of new goals and challenges. In March, I competed in my first triathlon (sprint) in 2 1/2 years and took 3rd place in my age group. Another huge confidence boost. Last month I successfully finished my first marathon, one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. Up next is my first Ironman 70.3 in Tempe, Arizona in October. I plan to do a a sprint and Olympic tri this summer as training races.
The biggest challenge is finding a way to balance it all. I’ve found being flexible in my training and not beating myself up if I miss a workout or have to switch days to fit it in, key to my success. Most days I’m up way before anyone else in my house. I also squeeze in
workouts during my lunch hour and when the boys are napping. I couldn’t do this without the amazing support system I have in my husband and his family who lives near by.
I sincerely hope to set a good example for my boys while motivating others who may be contemplating signing up for their first race or stepping out the door for a first run. If I can do it, anyone can. My ultimate dream related to triathlon is to complete a full Ironman.
2017 may be the year for that dream to become a reality. If you’d like to follow along on my #roadtoironman, check out my blog http://www.trirunwinmom.com and instagram @trirun_twinmom.
Happy training and racing!
From raising her beautiful daughter, being a wife and building her personal training business, she still manages to squeeze triathlon training in between. Check out her story on the FOHER Multisport Woman website – click the image below:
You would have read about Catherine’s story through our blog post some weeks ago. We recently featured Catherine in one of our motivating social posts! Enjoy:
MEET OUR FEATURED FOHETTES
Meet Anna, our first guinea Fohette. This was a huge test for us as Anna hadn’t tried the top or run mini-leggings before racing in them, so we were preparing for anything. We waited in excitement and anticipation for Anna to cross the finish line and were thrilled to see her cruising through the finish chute. Following her race we caught up with Anna, who happily reported that she felt amazing in the gear, with no chafe, rub marks, or ride ups! We were over the moon and even happier to find out that Anna has now taken a huge leap and completed her first swim squad session! Well done Anna – you are amazing 🙂
We want to recognise our Fohettes and create a community of women from seasoned athletes to first timers. As the founding Fohette, here was my first trial in the Foher Tri Top and Run Leggings. With second to none quality Italian Lycra, I have to say, I felt like the coolest kid on the block 🙂