What would you do if half your town caught triathlon mania?
If you’re like Alicia DiFabio—a minivan-driving, harried mother of four small children whose daily look features stained yoga pants, a messy ponytail, and a big diaper bag—you would shrug your shoulders and try to hold on for that after-bedtime glass of wine. It was to her utter surprise that this middle-aged, out-of-shape mother found herself on the starting line of a triathlon.
In Women Who Tri, DiFabio explores the triathlon phenomenon that has gripped her town and swept the nation.
Her memoir is both inspiring and informative as it explores the popularity, psychology, subculture, and transformative power of triathlons among “ordinary” women. Set in a small New Jersey town that now hosts America’s largest women-only triathlon club, Women Who Tri weaves together the insights of a psychologist, the research of a journalist, and the deep insecurities of a daunted newbie.
DiFabio shares her journey from nervous newcomer to triathlon finisher as she investigates one of the world’s most challenging and inspiring sports. She profiles women who have overcome challenges to become athletes and tri for themselves and to help others. Women Who Tri will entertain, enlighten, and inspire any triathlon enthusiast, from tri-addicts to the tri-curious.
Read excerpts from Women Who Tri!
Women Who Tri: A Reluctant Athlete’s Journey Into the Heart of America’s Newest Obsession
6″ x 9″, 216 pp., $18.95, 9781937715588
Prologue: Greater than the Sum of All Fears
1 A Spandex Revolution
2 So It Begins
3 A Tri Is Born
Andrea Peet: Still Time
4 The Long and Short of It
5 Who’s Drinking the Kool-Aid?
Debbie Niemann: For Cecilia
6 No Nuts, Just Guts
Nancy Stevens: Visionary
7 Sigma Tri
8 Inside the TRIbe
Linda Garrett: Ageless
9 Run with It
Lisa Hallett: Run to Remember
10 Tri Girls Aren’t Cheap Dates
11 Swim, Bike, Run … Divorce?
Tara Emrick: Back In Action
Chrissy Vasquez: Going the Distance
13 Sink or Swim
Barbara Mockford: Unfinished Business
14 Women on Wheels
Terry Woods: Unbroken
15 Train Wreck
Jenn Sommermann: Fifty-Fifty
16 Charity, Causes, and Cures, Oh Tri!
Winter Vinecki: Team Winter
17 Tri: The Next Generation
Jessica Cappella: Could, Would, Should, DID
18 Queen of the Hill
Epilogue: Those Girls In Pink
“Alicia’s courage, strength, and perseverance, along with all the women who tri, will bring tears of joy to your eyes and make you realize that, in overcoming your fears, anyone can achieve the impossible.” —Barbara Mockford, author of An Unshakable Belief: Keeping the Ironman Dream
“An excellent introduction to triathlon…From finding a club to dealing with relationships to introducing your kids to the sport…DiFabio provides lots of inspiring insight into the triathon phenomenon using her own experiences and profiles of other women…An entertaining introduction for any women who are new to the sport and looking for some guidance and inspiration as they start the journey.” — Triathlon Magazine Canada
“A refreshing perspective! Alicia DiFabio’s personal accounts of discovering and falling in love with the community of triathlon are endearing, humorous, and unique. The women highlighted in this book are not only inspiring, but also are amazing examples of how the sport of triathlon emboldens them to confront life’s curveballs. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just a curious bystander, you will feel a sense of sisterhood while swimming, biking, and running alongside the women Mullica Hill Women’s Tri Club.” — Debra Hodgett, author of Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking and Running Through Motherhood
“This is a well-researched memoir by a middle-aged mother of four (including a special-needs child) who reluctantly signs up and finishes her first triathlon despite pre-event dread and tears…DiFabio shares her journey into this athletic sorority, introducing readers to the sport’s history and topics ranging from equipment costs to successful fund-raising for charities.” — Booklist, American Library Association
“Greatly informative, exceptionally written with professional forethought and personal vulnerability, Women Who Tri is a beautiful tribute to ‘those girls in pink’ and women everywhere who are happily, imperfectly, honestly tri’ing.” —Jennifer “J.J.” Cannon, author of @Sophie Takes a #Selfie, contributor to Good Day Philadelphia, and creator of the #DontShowMe cyberbullying campaign
“In her book, Women Who Tri, DiFabio shares how her local triathlon community has created and environment that has made triathlon accessible to all levels of females. They have done an amazing job and have learnt some powerful lessons on how to get females into the sport.”— IM Talk
“When Alicia DiFabio moved into the epicenter of a Triathastorm, her first instinct was to flee. Instead, she plunged in and now she’s even written a book, Women Who Tri. In these pages, the story of her reluctance turned tri-celebration is interwoven with others’ inspiring journeys, spiced with choice tidbits of practical advice and delicious morsels of tri-history, all delivered with light humor and some delightful, invented triathaspeak.” — Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives
“Humorous and self-deprecating, Women Who Tri effectively gives readers intimate insights into DiFabio’s foray into triathlons…Between most chapters are profiles of women whose lives were changed by triathlons. Their inspirational stories tell of how triathlons strengthened them to make it through life crises including illness, injury, and family tragedies.” — Arizona Cycling
“Alicia DiFabio, mother of four, admittedly out of shape (before her first triathlon), explores the history, subculture, and psychological appeal of triathlons in this engaging memoir.” — Foreword