Canadian Triathlete Balances Family And Training

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  • Published Mar 16, 2011
  • Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 11:15 AM UTC

Danelle Kabush combines kids, career and racing.

She’s just three years old, but Zoe Rapatel already knows that when Mommy laces up her sneakers it probably means she and her little brother, Nico, will be tagging along, too.

That’s because her mother is Danelle Kabush, a 35-year-old Calgary-based athlete who always seems to be in training for a major athletic event. She’s a professional mountain biker who raced on the Canada Cup national circuit, a three-time Xterra World Champion off-road triathlon medallist, and a regular half-Ironman competitor. She spends at least 15 hours a week cycling, swimming and running to keep her body in tip-top shape. Yet despite such a feverish pace, the devoted wife and mother always looks for ways to combine her two greatest loves: sports and family.

“Since having kids, it has taken the whole race routine up to a whole other level of organization,” she says. “Before kids you just have to think about what you need for race day. Now I have to organize the whole family and make sure I have milk pumped for my baby and help my husband get organized with the kids. I’ve definitely gotten better at it.”

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