“If fifty people sign up to wrestle a shark, and only three get to win, but everybody wrestled the shark… don’t you think that you deserve a little credit for wrestling a shark?” – Katie Godec, USAT Certified Coach and advocate of the try-athlete, on recognizing the victories of EVERY triathlete, podium finish or not.


Katie Godec, USAT Certified Coach, IRONMAN 70.3 athlete, ultra-runner, and founder of TriLife Fitness, joins Lora on this episode of Burpees In My Thirties to dive into the world of endurance sports and triathlons.  Listeners hear Katie’s story first-hand – from her childhood to her current life which consists of 3-4 hours of daily training (which is often followed by dinner and a beer).  She shares motivational stories, nutrition tips, training advice, and often a joke or three.  If you have ever for a nano-second thought about wanting to do a triathlon, Katie has always been the advocate for the try-athlete (age group athletes that train and compete for self-betterment rather than points and podium finishes).  Listen in and prepare to be inspired to sign-up for a triathlon!


About Katie Godec // @trilife_at_30kft // www.trilifefitness.com

Katie is a triathlete, open water swimmer, and USAT coach based in Venice Beach, CA. She spends most of her week doing ocean swims, trail/urban running, and cycling along the scenic PCH. When not training herself, Katie advocates for endurance sports and the try-athlete (age group athletes that train and compete for self-betterment rather than points and podium finishes). She uses her sharp humor and creative storytelling to educate, encourage, and inspire people as they seek to adopt the endurance mindset of triathlon into their everyday lives.

Coming from an education background and working with children, Katie hopes to start a Youth and Junior endurance sports program in Southern California where children can build unique and long-lasting relationships with swimming, cycling, and running as a cohesive unit. Raised as a cross country runner and water-lover herself, Katie did not begin competitive racing until college. She often shares that it is an odd and perplexing miracle how she has come to love triathlon since she actively refused to learn to ride a bike until the age of 12! Through her digital journaling and social media accounts, Katie has been able to share her stories with athletes from all over the globe. She is proud to be a part of the triathlon community and believes no one comes to the sport without a tale of hardship or overcoming struggle.



Show Notes

Triathlon distances:

  • Full (S: 2.4 miles; B: 112 miles; R: 26.2 miles)
  • Half (S: 1.2 miles; B: 56 miles; R: 13.1 miles)
  • Olympic (S: ~1 mile; B: 25-30 miles; R: 6.2 miles) **vary by course
  • Sprint (S: 500-800 meters; B:12-15 miles; R: 3.1 miles) **vary by course

Katie’s top tips for each leg of the #swimbikerun :

  • SWIM – Swim at your own level.
  • BIKE – Become BFF’s with your bike.
  • RUN – Have a “Plan B” for the run, because you never know what’s going to happen with the swim and the bike (aka listen to your body).


Check out Katie’s hilarious unicorn-riding tale thru the Venice Boardwalk below.  I dare you to try and NOT laugh (not possible)!!



IRONMAN athletes continue to blow my mind every time I think about the distances and the taxing effect of this endurance sport on your body.  Check out this unbelievable, inspiring video of two IRONMAN triathletes during the 1997 Kona World Championships, Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham, who literally crawled over the finish line with their determination despite their body giving up just a short distance away from the finish line.



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