Recently we wrote a blog about Team TBT. If you didn’t have a chance to read it, you can check it out here.

What follows is the first of our Team TBT athlete profiles. Get to learn why they joined TBT, how they manage hectic work and family schedules with training, and what their goals are for the season.

First up is Christine Rivera…

Bhutan - Druk Path

Hey TBT Nation,

I first got into triathlons as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life. But, after being involved in the sport for a number of years, and completing nine ironman races (four in the past year), I have realized this wonderful sport is about so much more than that.

Away from the office (I am a lawyer licensed to practice in New York and California), I love to travel - currently I have been to over 40 countries, and I have many more on my list to visit. By combining racing and traveling, I am able to swim in some of the most amazing water, and ride/run some of the most scenic roads around the world. Let’s face it, triathlon races are held in some of the coolest places on earth, and nothing beats seeing a city in the water and on bike/foot.

Havana marathon

Triathlons also offer a real sense of camaraderie that few other sports do - especially individual sports. When you think about it we are all out there competing against ourselves and against each other, yet when the race is over, we come together sharing training tips, experiences, gear preferences and a few “recovery” drinks as well. I have to say, triathletes are honestly some of the nicest people I have ever met.

Being part of Team TBT for the last couple of years has been amazing, and I am honored and excited to be on the team again this year. It is great to have solid team management, teammates I can go to and count on, and great sponsors that make sure we have some of the best gear on the market.

When going to races I use TriBike Transport exclusively, as long as they are at the race I am going to. As I mentioned earlier, I love to travel, especially to races. By using TriBike Transport, it makes my “race-cations” not only doable, but hassle-free as well. It is great to know that once the race is complete, they take my bike and get it back home safely, while I enjoy all the race city has to offer, without a bike bag in tow.

My family surprised me with personalized sweaters!

This year, I am really looking forward to our team race in Victoria, BC, and for my first European full Ironman (IM Austria!). Take it from me, someone who back stroked her first race, with some hard work, commitment and patience, anyone can get involved in this sport!

Go Team TBT!

Finisher - IM Canada

Diving with whalesharks in Galapagos