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MariEtta Parrish

Family Photo Thanksgiving 2011

1)     Give us some background information.  Where are you from?  Tell us about your family.  Tell us about your profession/work.  Share your hobbies/passions/interests.
I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and am the middle of 5 children in my family. My family now is just my husband and our dog Chief. I am a Registered Dietitian with a Board Specialty in Sports Nutrition.  Fortunately, my passions align with my profession. I love to cook, eat, and exercise!

2)     What is one fun fact about you?
Since living in Africa as a toddler and being exposed to eating every kind of animal possible, I have desired to be a vegetarian most my life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3)     How did you get interested in triathlons or endurance sports?  When did you start training for triathlons/endurance sports? Which race was your first triathlon or endurance race and where was it?
I did my first triathlon because I was dating my husband at the time and he was newly into triathlon and very excited about them. My first Tri was the Manchester sprint tri.  I don’t own a bike or ever ride one as they terrify me. So I borrowed a friend’s mountain bike just for race day. I won my age group, but was not motivated to keep doing triathlons. Mostly I like to run.

4)     Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running?
It is a toss up between swimming and biking since I don’t really do either anymore. But if I had to choose, I would say swimming because I am extremely slow, but can still turn a decent time on the bike if forced to ride one.

5)     What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons or endurance races?
Honestly, not many. As a collegiate runner, I have prioritizing training ingrained into me. No matter how messy life or my schedule gets, I still train!

6)     What is your most memorable/favorite triathlon or endurance race and why?
Ann Wade Bachelorette race Sept .15, 2012
Goodness, I have had so many great racing experiences that it is difficult to narrow it down. I really liked the Columbus, OH marathon as it takes you only through heavy populated and popular parts of town that is lined, non-stop with cheering fans.

7)     What races are you planning for/training for in 2014?
Undecided. I don’t really plan races far in advance but am more cajoled into doing them as they come up.

8)     What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?
High Quality Socks

9)     How long have you been a BEAT member?  Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?
I have been a member since the inception of the club ~4 years ago. Janet Byers approached me about sponsorship. I liked her and was excited to support her vision.  My favorite thing about the club is the people. You guys are pretty amazing people!

10) If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete, what would it be?
Use the experience of the club members for advice, guidance, and support.

 

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