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Tying The Knot: Meet Five Engaged Triathlon Couples

  • By Susan Lacke
  • Published Feb 14, 2013


Holly & Jon

When Holly Higgins approached Jon Bird to discuss payment for his spin class, she had no idea she was part of a setup.

“I had inquired about the hot blonde in [mutual friend] Paul’s Thursday night spin class,” says Jon. Paul then strategically invited Holly to a special Saturday brick class Jon was coaching. When Holly offered to pay Jon for the class, Jon said he’d like to take her out instead. That spin class was the start of a whirlwind relationship.

Because Jon is a professional triathlete, the lifestyle requires a particular dedication to the sport. A year into their relationship, the two moved to Victoria, British Columbia so Jon could train with the Canadian National team for the Olympic lead-up.

“Both of us grew so much as athletes during that time,” recalls Holly, who races as an age group triathlete, “and also as a couple-team. With Jon being a professional, there are some extra courtesies extended to him during the season.”

These courtesies include sleeping extra hours, limiting some social events, and fastidious attention to every training and racing detail. Holly has also learned to live with food disappearing at an alarming rate:

“I’ve figured out that anything, food-wise, I really care about needs to be hidden! Almond butter, Nutella, any form of chocolate – Jon has found and inhaled the hidden food stash on multiple occasions, so now I have to rotate where I hide food around the house. Recent hiding places have included the bookshelf, shoe closet, and sock drawer!”

Triathlon also affected their wedding planning, as the two have decided to wait until 2013 race season ends to marry. Their wedding will take place Dec. 21, 2013 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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