Cathy Terreberry’s first love is her family and grandchildren – but the journey to her first Ironman and Escape from Alcatraz triathlon comes a close second. She participates in CrossFit during the offseason to challenge her body and get stronger and believes it doesn’t matter how old you are – you still can kick a$$!
When did you know you wanted something different? I started rowing when I was 29 – a friend was doing it and I figured that with 2 young children it was something that I could do for me. I fell in love with the sport and raced competitively for 18 years. I competed in 3 World Rowing events.
What keeps you motivated? Being fit and healthy for my grandchildren – #5 on the way! I love that they see what Grandma does.
How did you get started? I started doing triathlons when my best friend died of cancer 7 years ago – I decided I was going to do something that scared me and dedicate every race to her.
How has your life changed since you decided what is next? I love racing; it’s exhilarating! Pushing myself to be the best I can be. Deciding each year what races I will participate in is always exciting. Last year when I did the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, it was the coolest race I have ever done. Definitely a bucket list race!
Tell me about your nutrition? I like the Vega products (pre, during and post), Stinger gels and of course eating clean keeps me healthy and ready for the next workout. I have a great recipe for homemade power bars; always a great snack on long rides.
What is your definition of old? Age is just a number – I will be 57 this year and feel great. Old is for people who don’t care about getting out there – even walking keeps you young.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? Pretty much doing the same as I’m doing now – swim bike run and some CrossFit offseason. Being fit and healthy. And hopefully not working full time!
What do you do to stay Young? I don’t let the small stuff bother me – I try to stay positive and training keeps me young!
How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? That’s a tough one. I sure don’t feel 56. 40 maybe.
What were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? They would get out walking together and my Dad used to swim every day. He would be so proud of what I do. I’m sure he’s smiling up there.
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Most people eventually find out there “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? I love my life! I had a great childhood, I married the love of my life; he is my biggest fan. I love being with him. I have two incredible daughters who have beautiful families of their own now. Grandchildren are the BEST! Lily, Oli, Chloe, and Addison make my world go round.
What is NEXT? I am riding 400km during the month of June to fight kids cancer, and have a couple 70.3 Ironman races planned this summer and 4 other races – sprint and Olympic distance. I would like to do another Ironman someday. Not saying when – just that it’s on my radar.