My name is Kathy and I live in Key West, FL. I’m from the Boston area originally. I started this blog for people to follow my ups and downs as a Fathlete training for a triathalon. This blog is in no means meant to be taken as a professional advice blog (and after reading it for about 2 mins, you’ll quickly realize this).

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  1. Carmen says:

    I just want to say I love this! You sound like you are in my head sometimes! Keep it up- you are so inspiring to Tri newbies!

  2. Carol Craig says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Just read your blog for the first time; a tri friend sent me the link. OMG you are HYSTERICAL & REAL! Thank you for empowering me! As an “athlete wannabe” I’m just about to pull the trigger & sign up for my first sprint tri. My only goal is to not need resuscitation either during or after. I’m older (50’s) & a little fluffy. I’m trying to find my IBA (Inner Bad Ass). It’s a journey & I love to laugh so I’m glad you’ll be there via your blog to help me stay motivated, laughing, & in perspective.

  3. Kathy,

    Saw you today at the Boston Tri. How did you do?? I didn’t have the guts to go up to you and ask if you were a Pathetic. (I know you are.) Cannot wait to hear your Boston Tri race recap!

    • fathlete says:

      Hi! I wish you did come up. Of course I’m a Pathetic! And it was Pathetic today. I was informed my swim took too long so my race was short. Took me 1:08 to do the Oly Swim. #pathetic! Did you race?

      • Yes, I did! I placed Dead Ffing last in my AG for the OLY (F 30-34). #Pathetic But PR’d the OLY distance by 13 minutes! #NotPathetic And don’t worry about the swim, it was such an awkward course that I spent more time sighting than I did swimming!

      • fathlete says:

        hey! Congrats on finishing!!! #notPatheticAtAll!

  4. Today I turn 40, and on Saturday (7-30-2016) I do my first triathlon. My training has not been what it should, but I’m stubborn so I’ll do it anyway (how hard can it be to swim 500-meters in a lake in Missouri in July??) and, like you, I’m not what you would call ‘normal’ triathlete material, being a bit on the fluffy side myself (more effort to lose the 40 pounds that I lost but have subsequently gained back). So, to you, I want to say ‘THANK YOU!!’ for showing that abnormal in the fitness world is awesome! (Besides, normal is boring, be weird!). 🙂

  5. Judith Finneren says:

    Came across your blog today. Thank you ! You inspire and motivate me to do better! I am overweight, wanting to lose 40lbs . Just completed my first super sprint! I feel great!

  6. woverend says:

    Please subscribe me. You’re awesome!

  7. rhoni4 says:

    Thanks for a great blog. I am also an overweight triathlete. When I tell people I do many triathlons every year they look at me in disbelief. I may be overweight and I probably always will be, but I am healthy and that’s what matters. Good luck in all of your upcoming triathlons, can’t wait to hear more about them!

  8. Zabeth says:

    Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing your story! I’ve been doing Triathlons for about 8 years and laughed when I recognized myself in your posts! I LOVE your modified triathlon icons! (I snorted my tea.)
    Did you design them? They belong on a T-shirt or a Race Cap! I’d totally buy them.

    Keep on training and racing, but I hope you can find out how to stop vomiting so you don’t have that leg to your races anymore!

    Zabeth — Team EnVision Women’s Tri Team.

    • katgilmour14 says:

      Hi! I designed it with the help of a friend who’s a very talented graphic designer. No shirts or caps yet! We’ll see! BASE Performance has cured me of the voms! thank goodness!

  9. dava wharton says:

    I am with you. I am a large woman who is addicted to triathlons. I am 43, and have done 5. I live in North Idaho, so we have only a few months to be able to do them. Go us!

  10. Jenni Sauser says:


    I just wanted to thank you for writing about your experiences. I am a former triathlete, and have been struggling with maybe getting back into it. I’ve been completely down on myself because I have never, ever looked like a typical triathlete, and like a typical female, I’m my own worst critic. I needed to read this – and I appreciate your sense of humor! Keep kicking ass, you have a new fan who you’ve definitely encouraged to get back out there. JJ

    • katgilmour14 says:

      Thanks so much for the comments! Yes, it’s very hard not to compare ourselves to what we see as “the ideal person”. We are for sure our own worst critics! Glad you’re definitely getting back out there! Let me know how it goes!

  11. Tabble says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Saw your blog through Lazydog on facebook. I love them, what a great place. I like your blog, hang in there… enjoy your life & keep moving. Will enjoy reading your future blogs. Tabble

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