A few months back I got a call from the editor over at OptiMYz Magazine looking for a writer to do a story for the mag’s annual triathlon issue. I, of course, accepted and anxiously waited to find out what the assignment was. They were looking to feature a woman named Stacy Chesnutt. I hadn’t heard of her at the time but I really wish I had because she is truly an outstanding individual and a remarkable athlete.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee she now lives here in Halifax with her husband. She has competed the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii… you know… THE Ironman Triathlon. More than one of them. Her husband recently organized the area’s first ultramarathon and Ironman-length tri and I believe this year she said she wanted to do “a couple” of ultramarathons. Because running 50k a couple times is what everyone does… right? RIGHT?
When we met I didn’t want to take up a lot of her time, knowing that she is a busy real estate agent in her “real” life but we ended up chatting for close to two hours. We talked about everything under the sun, I learned a lot about running and competing and she asked me some questions about my weight training also. One thing I was sure to ask her about was her diet. At the time I was eating like crazy in an effort to lean down and bulk up so I wanted to know what an elite triathlete/marathon runner is eating every day.
The response was simple, “I eat whatever I want.” My jealousy was masked with a smile and a chuckle.
I don’t want to spoil the article for you but to give you further reason why I think everyone needs to read it, in the past 24 years Stacy has competed in close to ten Ironman Triathlons, more than 30 marathons and more half-marathons than I could possibly count. Oh yeah, she also runs a marathon in less than three hours and did I mention she’s in her 40’s?
You can read my article, titled Hitting Her Stride on Stacy’s site: here
I hope it brings you as much inspiration as it did me!
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