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Juggling Triathlon & Parenthood

  • By Holly Bennett
  • Published May 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Ellis finished fifth in Kona. Photo: Kurt Hoy


Newly married in December 2011, three-time Ironman champion Mary Beth Ellis (34) entertains the possibility of combining children and career in her future, but wants to reach the heights of long-course racing first.

I would consider going back to racing post-kids, but probably not Ironman events. I’d like to conclude that part of my racing career prior to becoming a mom since it requires so much training time and mental focus. However, I think coming back and doing shorter events might be a possibility.

I don’t feel outside pressure to hurry up and have children, but I do know that I’m not getting any younger. I actually feel a bit more pressure in terms of my triathlon career, just knowing that I have limited time to reach my potential before I’ll need to stop and try to start my family.

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