Name & Age:
Kathleen Scharchburg, 54
High School Teacher & Swim Coach
Hobbies (other than triathlon):
Is there really any time for other hobbies?? I am a classic movie fan and enjoy tennis.
Family Status (married/single/number and age of children or siblings):
Single with two sons: Micah (26) and Noah (23).
Pets (name, age, breed etc.):
T1 and T2, my orange cats, 2 and 3 years old
Years in Triathlon:
Best or Favorite Event (swim/bike/run):
Swim, swim swim!
Olympic – not too far and not too short
Currently Training For (list the race(s) you are focusing your efforts on for this year):
Kemah Olympic, Buffalo Springs, Du the Polar Bear, Galveston Half, Austin 10/20 (10 miles with 20 bands)
Started Triathlon Because:
I heard about a race where you could ride a bike and swim (I was already a runner). It was so much fun I had to continue.
Best Racing Experience:
Ironman Florida. Everything went perfectly: nutrition, race plan, transitions. Even had a lot left in me at the finish line.
Worst Racing Experience:
Swimming in Houghton Lake in Northern Michigan before people wore wet suits. I was so cold off the bike, I couldn’t move.
Racing Advice (training tips, favorite drink or food item, ways to avoid injuries etc.):
Listen to your body. Only you know how you feel - not your coach, spouse children, or others.