Name: Bri Whitcraft
When did you start racing?
2005. The year before this I was channel surfing, downing Xtra Cheddar Goldfish crackers, when I came upon the IRONMAN World Championship. The pre-recorded race not only highlighted professional triathletes, but told the stories of non-professional racers as well. It was the first time that I had seen such a diversity of abilities in a televised sporting event. Due to this coverage, I was able to see myself competing alongside (more likely way behind) these driven athletes.
What was your first race experience like?
My goal was to finish. I remember that it was super hot. I was nervous and excited. I was racing against myself, so I just kept swimming, kept biking, and kept running. (Thank you, Finding Nemo.) When I crossed the finish line, I felt a new sense of accomplishment. I couldn’t wait to sign up for my next race.
What are your bike-related goals?
My goals are to race an entire track season, ride some gravel, do more bike camping, kick my new 22-mile daily commute in the ass, challenge myself… HAVE FUN!
What are your non bike-related goals?
My non bike-related goals are to keep my head above water, be the best boss I can be, continue to learn and grow, work on my patience, fight for social justice.
Babes in Bikeland X, photo by Morgan Lust/Aaron Schmitz