So, you are out at Leading Edge, maybe you are new to the club. You see this exotic looking lady, hair perfect, ya think, hmm, Lulu wearing Yoga Lady from Kits. Then she crushes you in both the TT and the Cypress Climb, with out messing up her hair. She smiles at you as you pick your ego up off the ground. Meet Natasha Lowe.
Where are you from?
BC girl born and raised, my mom tried to give birth to me in White Rock, unfortunately, due to my girth, she was rushed to Vancouver Grace, where she received some special attention and after an arduous labour I was finally born.
What is your profession?
Contrary to popular belief, I am not the poster child for lululemon. I am currently pursuing my passions for health and fitness at Cadence Cycling Studio. Soon to be a spin instructor, joined by the likes of Alli B and Sarah Brown. (Do the clients know what kind of ass-kicking they will be getting?)
What are your passions?
Health and Fitness. I used to be a very unhealthy and sad person, constantly "chasing the dragon" and looking for my passion, not realizing that it was inside of me the entire time. Through my own life experiences, I have discovered the fire I have inside for challenging myself and others around me to take themselves on and to discover and have exactly what they want out of life.
How long have you been in Triathlon?
Just finishing my second season.
I started running 3.5 years ago with a local run club. The first workout was 8km easy, I made it about 800m before nearly throwing up. For those of you who know me, I rarely participate in a brutal workout without a tad bit of dramatic flair to go along with it. There were many dramatic runs leading up to my first half marathon that I ran less than 3 months after my first run.
What I loved about running more than running itself was the feeling I got at the end of a long run, or track session, and ultimately discovering that my new "dragon" was the feeling I got every time I crossed the finish line.
After my first year of running, a girl at work was talking about how she was training for her first half iron. I didn't even know what a half iron was, much less a triathlon. Being a new half marathon junkie, I saw this as a challenge that I couldn't resist. She trained 3 months before crossing the line in Oliver, completing her first half iron; the stories that followed after achieving this huge accomplishment, and a dare to sign up for next year, instantly become something I had to do.
With 11 months before the race I boldly announced that I was going to do my first half iron in June the following spring, and then tucked it in my back pocket and forgot about it.
That summer I met Becky Roberts, Stan Lorenzo, Alli Bernat, and Michele VonBeckmann; looking back, I didn't ever imagine the new life that was ahead of me and the lifelong friends that I had just made. I learned about triathlon; Alli trying to qualify for Budapest, Michelle the most inspirational Ironwoman, Becky training through injuries and staying strong, Stan the Ironman and the most encouraging and supportive person I know. I boldly announced to them my half iron intentions; all of them had seen me run, even though I had a few half marathons under my belt, they all knew that I had no idea what challenges were lying ahead of me.... after all, I didn't own a bike and was terrified of the water.
I finished Oliver the following spring, faster and stronger than I thought I would, with so much help and support with my crew from LETC.
What sports were you involved in before triathlon?
Playing and refereeing ice hockey and occasionally bullying my siblings (Ed: Now we know why she excels in combat swimming.)
What has been your most memorable sports experience to date and why?
I have a few...
I went to the women's Gold medal hockey game with Olympic Gold and Silver medalists Alex Bilodeau and Jen Heil.
Crossing the line at my first triathlon.... Alli and Sarah were there with home made signs cheering me on. There are many pictures of me crying like a baby, I'm pretty sure there is also a video floating around.
What are your goals for 2011 and 2012?
Qualify for World's, get my spin instructor certification, run the Vegas half in 1:45 (my 30th birthday present to myself), swim 750m under 14 minutes, and beat Stan in a bike LETC ITT (I've been trying to do this since I joined the club lol).
Who are/were your sports heroes?
Here is where things get a little cheesy.
My sister Victoria is my sports hero. Even though she is 10 years younger than me, I look up to her, literally and figuratively. Throughout the years she was involved in synchronized swimming, following her passion with 5am mornings, two workouts a day, blood sweat and tears. In her last year of high school, she decided to make a change to swimming; for 6 months she trained even harder then years past and was given a scholarship to attend University in St. Louis.
This year she decided that a school in Texas was a better fit for her, she just left a few days ago, once again, to pursue her love for swimming in a state full of strangers and new friends. Before she left, her piece de resistance was to do her first triathlon. She borrowed Jill's bike and Barb's shoes less then a week before the race, and learned to ride clipped in the day before. She smashed her first race, and made the podium. She is the most passionate, committed and bravest person I know, and inspires me to fearlessly pursue what I love to do every day.
What do LETC members not know about you?
I am the oldest of 6 children.
I've been stalking Stan Lorenzo since birth. I was a little sick when I was a baby, and he was born in the same hospital as I was, just two weeks later... I was still there. He's always been able to run, but hiding is not his strong suit. Oh, and I used to smoke a pack a day!