Juggling Triathlon & Parenthood

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published May 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Life Time Chicago Triathlon/Eric Wynn

Becky Lavelle (37) gave birth to daughter Caitlin on June 15, 2010, during a brief hiatus from her highly decorated triathlon career.

You don’t realize what you’re missing out on until you have a child! It’s fun to watch her grow and share life’s adventures with her. There are challenges that come with the territory—I don’t have as much time to myself, traveling is more difficult and there can be more stress in certain situations—but they are far outweighed by the benefits.

I don’t have quite as much time to train, as I’m with Caitlin full-time, but it has made me focus more on quality vs. quantity. I make the most of every workout. Going through the pregnancy has made me a tougher athlete and has given me a new perspective on training and racing. I’m doing this for Caitlin as well and I want to make her proud!

Most people are impressed that I was able to have a child and come back to professional racing so quickly, and still be successful. I am proud that I’m able to stay fit, make a living doing something I love and at the same time take care of my daughter and experience all of her ups and downs. I hope that I inspire other women, too. It can be done!

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