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FIT FEATURE: Stefanie Cain

No Cain, No Gain

Stefanie Cain
Triathlon Coach
Written by: Angie Sellers
Website: https://www.caincoaching.net

Stefanie Cain, owner and trainer at Cain Coaching has a large client base of adults 55 years and up who are triathlon training year round.   Since beginning triathlon coaching career in 2010​​, she received the Innovator of the Year Award for creating a triathlon training program specifically designed to train the 55+ age group to compete in triathlons, and been featured in the NY Times as an expert on training retirees to do triathlons! She received a South Carolina Leading Age Innovation Award in 2014 for one of her training programs. Stephanie trains out of the YMCA, Still Hopes and makes personal house calls as needed.

Q&A with our Fit Feature:

What’s your personal favorite sport story? ​
One of my favorite sports stories is the story of my first triathlon.  A co-worker challenged me to do a sprint triathlon with his wife that was only three weeks away, so she’d have some company (I think he hoped she’d beat me).  I thought about it for a few minutes and agreed to do it.  I showed up at the race with my mountain bike, helmet, a swimsuit, running shoes and ready to go.  I had no idea what I was in for… (I don’t recommend this method!).  I got help setting up my transition area from those around me and then got in the pool.  I’ll never forget the feeling of crossing the finish line.  I knew I was hooked.  To top it all off, I heard my name called for a 2nd place award in my age group, and I couldn’t believe it.  I knew I had found a sport I would love and pursue for a long time to come!  ​
Favorite healthy snack? ​
I have a lot of favorite snacks!  Right now, I usually reach for half a whole grain pita stuffed with guac, turkey breast, and loaded with fresh veggies.  My other favorite is chocolate Vega Protein shakes.
Best advice for triathlon beginners:
Don’t be afraid and don’t let the sport intimidate you!  Stick to your dream and focus on your goals.  This is a sport for everyone, and I do mean everyone! Training for and completing a triathlon of any length can reveal a side of yourself that you never knew, and it’s a beautiful thing.  The triathlon community is warm and welcoming and that’s what first attracted me to the sport, and I hope to share that warm welcome with beginners I encounter as a coach.  Physical or mental limitations shouldn’t stop you from doing something you’ve always wanted to achieve. ​



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