#29 ~ Motivation Monday – Interview with Jamie Egbert

**WARNING** … reading Jamie’s interview will motivate you to get off your butt. This girl has more energy in her pinky than I have in my entire body.

Jamie and I used to work together years and years ago and we’ve recently reconnected via social media. I’ve been following her updates and have been completely inspired by her drive and determination.

Little athletic background on myself – I’m the one who took P.E. in Summer School so that I wouldn’t have to take it the entire year. Oh and FYI, a little kissing up to the coach helps you to stay inside and grade papers instead of running laps. I know, pathetic.

See for yourself why Jamie motivates me so much….

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Bucket List [buhk-it list] – noun

  • a wish list of things to do before one ”kicks the bucket.”

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Melody: Tell us a little about yourself…

Jamie: I am a 32 year old stay-at-home mother of 4 children who are all under the age of 6. I have lived in Southern Utah for almost 4 years now, and am originally from Las Vegas, NV. I recently became the president of the Southern Utah Triathlon Club, which helps people all over our area enjoy the sport of triathlon.

Melody: Whoa, wait…4 kids under the age of 6? Wow! What is something you’ve checked off your bucket list?

Jamie: I completed a half-iron distance triathlon.

Melody: When did the half-iron become a goal of yours?

Jamie: After I was done having children, I realized I needed something to help me a) lose the baby weight and b) define myself by something other than my kids. I thought a triathlon would be a fun thing to do, but I had no idea how to swim a lap! A friend of mine found a local Duathlon for us to participate in, which is a run/bike/run event. Crossing that finish line started an addiction and a passion that I never knew was in me!About a week later, I went to the local pool and just started swimming. I think I did about 4 full laps, got out, and felt proud. I was running up to 3 miles at a time a couple times a week, and I was lucky if I got to go ride my bike for an hour each weekend. I signed up for a local sprint-distance (.5 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) triathlon, and started working hard to learn to swim in the lake. After 2 more of those races, I set my sights on the half-iron distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run).

Melody: Why was reaching this goal was so important to you?

Jamie: I wanted to accomplish something that was truly amazing, and that I would have to work really hard to get.

Melody: That is truly amazing and hard to get, for sure! At any point, did you think you wouldn’t be able to do it?

Jamie: The race was in August, and my first lake swim event had been in June. All summer, I was thinking, “What am I doing?” I’d watch other triathletes around me, and compare myself and think I wasn’t good enough.

Melody: What kept you going?

Jamie: The non-refundable $140 I had spent registering for the race! I kept thinking, “I’ll at least start it.” Then, I felt confident I would finish, so I started setting time goals as well.

Melody: That just proves the saying, “you get what you pay for!” Just look at what you got from that! What advice would you have for people striving to reach their goals?

Jamie: Just take things one day at a time. If you have a fitness goal, for me it helps to sign up for something. That looming date and the money committed really helps get me out of bed in the morning!

Melody: What are some other things on your bucket list you hope to accomplish?

Jamie: Hopefully next year I’ll complete my first Ironman.

Melody: I’m sure you will! You’ll have to come back and let us know how it goes. What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

Jamie: I like the one on my Facebook that says,

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” ~Marsha Doble

Melody: One thing that really moved me in this interview is that before she started all this she didn’t even know how to swim a lap! Just think of the things that you don’t try because you haven’t done it before…your possibilities are endless!

Jamie, thank you for sharing your remarkable journey with us! We look forward to hearing how your first Ironman goes!

**Inspired to join a race? Almost all races and activities that are fitness related are on www.active.com.**

If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating in a Motivation Monday interview, just click HERE to email me and we’ll chat.

©2010 Melody G. Fritchley

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12 Comments »

  1. Pam said

    Wow! I’m so motivated!!! This is something I’ve always wanted to try but I’m a big chicken. I’m signing up and learning to swim!!!

  2. Andrea said

    Wow! She is a super mom! An Ironman? Amazing!

  3. Laura said

    I was motivated just by the fact that she lost her baby weight after FOUR kids under 6 years old! She’s amazing!! Great interview!

  4. G said

    Amazing! And I could definitely use the motivation!

  5. Mari said

    I’m so impressed! I can’t imagine doing an ironman. Right now I’m working on just walking 5 times a week!

  6. Tiffany said

    Four kids under six years old is an athletic event all in itself. Two under two was hard enough for me!! LOL She’s an energetic woman…. great job!

  7. What an inspiring woman!!

  8. I totally agree about non-refundable deposits as a motivator. I can’t waste money so I’d have to marathon too if I paid even in a moment of weakness!

  9. Jon said

    Gotta love the lesson of taking baby steps.

  10. Just figured out why you couldn’t get to my blog from the comments…I had the URL typed in wrong!! DUH!

    I am tired just reading that interview!! That is awesome that she committed to completing that!!!

  11. Kendra said

    Wow great post! Thanks for following me on blogfrog! Following you back! 🙂

    Kendra

  12. Crystal said

    oh wow. I could never do that! Good for her.

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