Kathy Winkler

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Kathy is a teacher and mother to two daughters, but when she's not kicking butt with the kids - she's kicking butt in triathlons! Kathy is a six-time podium placer in the Kona, HI IRONMAN World Championship, set three new course records in three days at the ULTRAMAN World Championships where she placed 1st in her age group and 2nd overall, and also has the following to her name:

  • 3 podium finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
  • 10 times 1st in age group, and five times in a row at Wildflower Olympics
  • 14 1st place finishes at the Escape from Alcatraz

Kathy says, “I somehow qualified for the Ironman Kona. I did it as an adventure, something I may never have the opportunity to do again. Earning a slot to go was a gift not to be overlooked. I was extremely nervous about being able to even complete the event, this was my only goal. I had a wonderful experience while doing the race, it was actually quite blissful for such a long day, and the added bonus was I did quite well. I have been back to Kona 7 times and been fortunate enough to podium six times. Who knew I would find something that would shape my future so strongly at age 35? More than anything I want to provide a positive role model for my daughters.

"Set your mind to something and the possibilities are endless. Don't let anyone tell you that you are not capable, find out for yourself what you are made of, the results may surprise you. Embrace each day, see what the day gives you and make the most of it. I have had several setbacks in the last few years. A divorce, loss of my mother, loss of my Great Aunt and namesake and each of these things has made me a stronger individual. Extremely painful to go through, but exercise has been my cushion, my small temple in times of complete despair. I am fortunate enough to have a fabulous support group of family that enables me to achieve what I do, a very special friend who supports me, and keeps a sense of balance in my life, and a wonderful coach who keeps me sane and safe.

"I bring my tales of adventure into the classroom with me as well. My students know when I have had a bad day, how I deal with it, and how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be able to even have a bad day! Not everyone is given the chance, not everyone takes it”.

Kathy's Tip
"Embrace each day, see what the day gives you and make the most of it!"