Five years ago, Becky Lavelle was racing full-time as a Pro Triathlete, traveling the world to compete and earn a living. Today, she’s a mom in the Zone.
By Becky Lavelle:
Just over five years ago my life was quite different from what it is today. I was racing full-time as a Pro Triathlete, traveling all over the world to compete and earn a living. My biggest concerns were when I could get a massage, what I could eat next and making sure I got at least 10 hours of sleep at night. Days were filled with training, eating, napping, meeting a friend for coffee, shopping, and planning travel/logistics for my upcoming races. I was able to plan nutritious meals and focus my eating on fueling and refueling my body in the best way possible. A big component of that was my Zone nutrition plan. I never missed a day taking my OmegaRx, MaquiRx, and Micronutrient Support!
I enjoyed training and racing full-time very much and knew nothing different. I knew how lucky I was to be so fit and to be able to do something I love to do for so many years. I also knew it wasn’t a long-term career. It was a small window of time where I would be able to maximize my fitness and my ability to make a living by racing.
My husband and I also wanted to start a family when we were both in our mid-30s. I hoped that I would be able to race a few more years after our first child, but I was prepared to not make a return if I didn’t feel that I could get back to a competitive-elite level. After having a miscarriage in February of 2009, I decided to get back into shape and race the rest of that year. I even won a few races! At the end of the season I was able to get pregnant, and we were blessed with a baby girl, Caitlin Jenny, born on June 15, 2010.
It was quite an adjustment as I switched gears from training and racing to changing diapers, feeding Caitlin and not sleeping nearly as much as I used to. I wouldn’t have changed it for the world though. She is the light of my life, she has helped put everything into perspective and she has given me a real purpose.
Taking care of Caitlin was my number-one priority, but I knew I still had some competitive drive left in me. I was 35 at the time, so I figured I still had a few more ‘racing’ years in me. I slowly began to get myself back into shape. My workouts became much more focused, and I tended to rely more on intensity than volume since my time was limited. I was still a stay-at-home mom, fitting in my training before Caitlin woke up in the morning and during her nap(s). I had a full race schedule that year with quite a bit of travel, and I was pleased with what I was able to accomplish given my new life as a mom and a Pro Triathlete.
Going into my second racing season after having Caitlin, I knew it may be my last as we wanted to complete our family and try to have another baby. I raced 36 times from 2011-2012, and at the last race I did (Rev3 Florida Half Ironman, Oct 2012), I raced my heart out knowing that it could be the last professional race of my career. I ended on a high note and won that race. I will never forget it!
Since then I’ve had another child, Evan Gibbs, who turns 2 in February. My life now is even more about taking care of my kids and instilling good healthy eating habits as well as showing them what a healthy lifestyle is all about. My workouts now are usually running with Evan in the jogger or going for a bike ride around the neighborhood with Caitlin. She has actually already competed in 3-kids tris, and she inspired me to sign up for a local all-women’s sprint tri. It felt great to get back out there, to push myself, to cross the line holding hands with Caitlin and show her what my ‘job’ used to be.
ieve that taking Zone supplements has helped keep me healthy and at the top of my game, whether in training/racing, during and after my pregnancies or taking care of my kiddos. Being active, healthy and fit is a lifestyle I don’t think I can ever give up… and I hope my kids will always feel the same.