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With our Best Bodies in Triathlon contest we touted the best bodies in the sport—and the hard work that goes into creating them—with submissions that we hope inspired triathletes looking to achieve fitness goals in 2015.
Congratulations to our winners, Graham Stringer and Colleen Hutchings. They each received the most votes in the final round and will be featured in a future issue of Triathlete magazine.
Thank you to all of the triathletes who shared their images and stories with us. In total, we received more than 25,000 votes.
Get to know Graham and Colleen with their entries below:
In 2004 I was 20 pounds overweight and after looking at a photo of myself after a Sandals vacation, I decided to make a change. Following the Millennium Triathlon that year in Sherwood Park, Alberta, in which I placed third in my age-group, I was addicted. Many Olympic-distance triathlons ensued, plus a half Ironman in Texas.
I attribute my new body to the following key ingredients:
• well planned, three-week cycle, twice daily workouts with the first at 5:30 a.m.
• attention to quality nutrition and supplements
• a loving wife and three sons who all tolerate my OCD insanity
• voracious reading and advice application from Triathlete magazine
Eleven years later I’m still enjoying a better, faster, stronger self.
Having a fit body is just the icing on the cake! It’s a by-product of doing what I love to do—triathlons! As a 47-year-old mother of two, I love training and competing in triathlons and have for several years. I train hard and try to eat clean so I can perform better in a race. I just finished my first Ironman this past November in Arizona and am in the best shape of my life and I’m excited to continue down this tri road! Strength training is a big part of my training program along with the other three disciplines. As for my eating habits: I try to keep a well-rounded diet that include complex carbs, protein both plant and animal based, and “good fats.” I try to stay away from processed foods and sugar, but once a week I have an off day and eat whatever I want.