1. Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello, my name is Christine Grant. I compete nationally in triathlons. I also work full time as a Manager of Operations and Client Programs for a consulting firm (Linkage, Inc.) that specializes in leadership and organizational development.
2. How long have you been involved in your sport?
I have been a competitive runner for more than 20 years; however, I only recently began competing in triathlons. 2011 will be my second year and I am very much looking forward to it.
3. Are there people who have inspired you to get started?
I find myself continually inspired by many people; however, the story of what prompted me to get started is actually quite humorous. I was away on a family vacation and was bored with my usual running routine. We were all sitting around watching television one night, when a new show came on called "Superstars". In this show eight celebrities are paired up with eight elite athletes to compete in a sports elimination tournament that includes head-to-head matchups in swimming, biking, running, kayaking and other athletic challenges. I had been searching for a new challenge, so after watching this show things clicked for me and I knew I definitely wanted to try my hand at a multisport competition. I signed up the next week for my first race. It was a duathlon (run, bike, run). I loved it and went on to immediately start training for triathlons.
4. What motivates you to continue competing?
I guess if you were to ask any of my friends, co-workers or family members they would tell you that I am very competitive person by nature. I like to challenge myself and to push myself one step further than I have been before. I enjoy racing. It is a wonderful atmosphere filled with the friendliest group of people. It is very inspiring to see and hear of each person's story as to why they are there racing. Some of the stories are so captivating – it definitely keeps you motivated.
5. Who would be some people you would like to work with?
It would be so thrilling to get the chance to work with Miranda Carfrae, Chrissie Wellington and Emma Snowsill just to name a few.
6. What is your goal this year?
My goal this year is to place in the top 18 at the Age Group National Championship race in Burlington, Vermont on August 20, 2011 and earn the opportunity to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand in 2012.
7. What advice would you give people who want to get started in your sport?
You can start anytime – it is never too late. Just getting out there and doing it is an accomplishment in itself. The reward is great – go for it!
8. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Oh, that would definitely be "have fun and enjoy what you are doing." Otherwise, why do it?