OAC Friday Feature
Meet our very own triathlete, Ariane Zeba- Team Triumpher!
Ariane Zeba meets her goal of becoming a swimmer.
When I started with Team Triumph I was working out a little bit with a personal trainer and irregularly attending group lessons at a gym. My husband and I arrived in Ottawa and I began to look up triathlon clubs on the Internet for my husband to train with a club.
At first, Team Triumph looked like a pro club. I must admit that I was a bit intimidated when I first signed up, but my fears were assuaged because the coaches are very welcoming and so are the members of the club.
How I joined Team Triumph is an example of how sharing your dream with someone can lead to the realization of that dream! During a hike, I shared with someone that I would love to be able to participate to a triathlon, but my swimming was not good enough. She told me that Team Triumph Triathlon club could teach anyone to swim. That same day she sent an email to the Head Coach and myself. I started private lessons the week after. I then joined the spin class, yoga, and the running group.
My main goal was to become a swimmer. This goal was important to me because my husband is a good swimmer and an Ironman. Triathlon is something we can do together. I had this goal for at least 20 years. I thought finding a motivational swimming teacher would help me achieve this goal.
The head swim coach is a very motivating teacher. The first time we met, she told that she has yet to find a person she could not teach how to swim. When I heard that, I knew I would soon become a swimmer. I had tried private lessons at Movati and group swimming at Brewer Pool, but they just did not give me what I was looking for.
What I like most about Team Triumph is how quickly I progressed and the social aspect of the club. I still need to get into the pool more often because I struggle with working out alone. On the plus side, I am so proud of the fact that I have participated in 2 triathlon races already. I am in better shape now and I know that I can do what I want if I train for it!
By joining Team Triumph, I have become a swimmer, triathlete, have more confidence in my abilities and I have met some awesome people. I do not want to think about where I would be if I had not started training with them. I am really happy to be where I am at today.
Thank you, Julia and Team Triumph for helping me achieve my goals.