ATHLETE PROFILE – KATHRYN DEEGAN: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Like so many of our athletes, Kathryn Deegan is a proud mother. Being a parent can bring about much joy but also many stresses and difficulties when trying to balance our day to day lives. Kathryn has worked hard to master a balance that works well for her and her family.
Kathryn had been an active person throughout her youth and university years. She participated in everything from swimming to dancing to rowing. Her family regularly engaged in family exercise. However, once her two daughters were born, her activity level began to dwindle. Hikes became infrequent. Swimming became less sport and more family recreation. She participated in some sports but didn’t maintain the same level of fitness she had in her youth. One thing she did with her family, however, was compete in the TC10k annually. They have completed the race an amazing 18 times already!
Moving on a couple decades, Kathryn found herself working at a high stress, sedentary job. She worked long hours and wasn’t able to spend nearly enough time with her family. The result of this was that Kathryn found herself gaining weight and getting increasingly depressed. Unhappy with this lifestyle, three years ago, she made a choice to become a more active person.
With the goal of being able to take care of her adult special needs daughter and play with her grandchildren one day, Kathryn hired a personal trainer. Her personal trainer helped her understand the depth of her physical and mental strength. She worked closely with her trainer for a couple of years before feeling ready to tackle what she calls her “post retirement sport.”
Kathryn had been interested in participating in triathlon for years. One year after completing the TC 10k with her family, Kathryn, she found a pamphlet with the words “My first triathlon” on it. This was something she had always been interested in and felt like she could do, but she never made time for the event. Years later, Kathryn’s coworker Bob Gebbie spoke to her about his Ironman training and a company he and his wife were starting called TriStars. She saw TriStars swimming frequently at the Gordon Head Rec Centre. She heard they were inclusive of all athletes. In 2015, Kathryn enrolled in the TriStars TriStart program.
Kathryn was the ultimate finisher at the Fort Street Cycle Beginning Tri for MS in 2015. She loved the challenge so much that she signed up for three more races that year. As she puts it, she “was hooked!” Following her finish at the Tri for MS in 2016, Kathryn retired from her day job, which gave her more freedom to pursue her post retirement sport with more vigor.
Like all triathletes, Kathryn experiences challenges. To her, the bike is the biggest challenge. Kathryn talks about her relationship with cycling in a way that so many others can understand:
For the future, Kathryn looks to improve her fitness, not only in triathlon performance, but so that she can continue to care for her daughter as needed. She has completed 2 Tri for MS and 2 sprint triathlons to date. Her goal is to get her Sprint time under two hours. At that point, she plans to start training for standard distance triathlons. Kathryn also hopes to one day cycle “with confidence on the road using clip in pedals!”
When we spoke with Kathryn, we also asked her about who she looks most to for inspiration in her athletic endeavors. She had this to say:
We were thrilled to meet Kathryn in 2015 and since then she's gone on to inspire and motivate us all. Kathryn is walking proof of determination, commitment and drive to succeed in action. We wish Kathryn continued success in reaching her goals and am thankful she chose TriStars to help her shine!