• Charles Rhea

    My wife (Ann) and I (Charles) train together 90+% of the time and have
    for the almost 15 years that we have been living an active, healthy life
    style. We start and finish all running events together and do all the
    same multi-sport events but usually start in different waves with
    whoever is done first cheering the other at the finish line. We do
    10-15+ races a year and this approach must be working as we have both
    been members of Team USA and competed in multiple ITU World
    Championships.

    Most importantly we have a tremendous amount of
    fun training and competing together and have many close friends from the
    events community.

    It is very unfortunate that there are so few
    couples who train and compete together. I consider myself blessed by
    the lifestyle we follow. If you are the only one in a couple who does
    train and compete you should reevaluate your priorities and figure out
    how to make it happen for you both.

    • Jennifer

      Charles – I agree, we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to
      make training and racing together work! Brian and I used to do many
      triathlons together and had the same process: first to finish = first to
      cheer! I always wanted to do either Buffalo or Chisago as a couple
      (both of which have men/women in the same wave by alphabet or
      registration timing)! Completing an entire tri together was on my bucket
      list – before Brian decided to focus solely on running! Congratulations
      to all the success that you and Ann have had in your training and
      racing!

  • Jennifer

    Charles – I agree, we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to make training and racing together work! Brian and I used to do many triathlons together and had the same process: first to finish = first to cheer! I always wanted to do either Buffalo or Chisago as a couple (both of which have men/women in the same wave by alphabet or registration timing)! Completing an entire tri together was on my bucket list – before Brian decided to focus solely on running! Congratulations to all the success that you and Ann have had in your training and racing!