Juggling Triathlon & Parenthood

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published May 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: John Segesta

2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champion Linsey Corbin (31) and her husband, Chris, have been together for 10 years, and are perfectly content with their family of three (including golden retriever Madison).

I really enjoy the freedom of my pro triathlete lifestyle. There are things I want to accomplish—both in my career and for enjoyment, such as travel—and I’m not sure how a child would fit into the picture. Mainly though, a big personality trait of mine is that I am impatient! I don’t think I have what it takes to raise children and do a good job at it, which is really scary to me. Just like triathlon, I don’t want to do something and only do it halfway. It’s all or nothing. I don’t think I’m prepared to be in the “all” category as a mother.

I simply don’t have that maternal instinct. People insist this will come over time, but I’ll be honest—it just isn’t there. Chris and I have always been on the same page regarding what we want our future to look like, and raising a family hasn’t been a part of that. We both love to be around kids, though. They say the darndest things and they make you appreciate the small things in life. I hope all my friends keep being mamas so I can be a great auntie to them all!

I don’t feel as much pressure to have kids as you would expect. Times are changing for sure, and women are having children much later in life. If anything, the reaction I hear is: You will change your mind. Perhaps this is true, but for right now I don’t see it happening.

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