Name: Bridget Lichtinger
Tell us about yourself. I am 42 and have been married for 14 yrs to an amazing man, Bill. We have no children other than the 4-legged kind. We share our home with 3 retired greyhounds (at one time it was 5) and one disgruntled cat. I have a greyhound angel tattoo on my shoulder in memory to the greyhounds that we have been blessed to have owned. I also teach yoga at the North Area YMCA and at the club’s Winter Training Facility.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? My first sprint triathlon was Green Lakes in 2006. A few friends completed Green Lakes the year before and I caved under peer pressure to train with them. My friends are to blame for all this.
Who is your Hero? My brother, Pat who died of Huntington’s Disease in 2005 at the age of 38. He was athletic, tall, handsome and hilarious. Not to mention a good dancer and beer lover. He skied, sky dived, played baseball basketball and an occasional game of backyard football. I like to think he would have been an awesome triathlete. In his early 20′s HD started taking away his physical capabilities very slowly, but he never once lost his zest for life or sense of humor. He was always smiling, laughing and wanting to make people laugh. He taught me not to take my health and physical abilities for granted. It is so important to take care of and have respect for our body. He is my hero because all the time he was sick he never quit or gave up. I do this because he couldn’t.
What is your athletic background? Growing up I loved playing sports – having older brothers and a sister, I learned to run fast or else. Freshman year in high school I signed up for cross country and track. Later in life, I took up longer distances starting with half-marathons and then to marathons.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses? Strength is running since I’ve been running for a long time, however, biking is definitely my weakness. I had the misconception that since I was a runner then I should be good on the bike. How wrong I was. Some days I feel like I am on a circus tricycle.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Green Lakes and what I remember most was surviving the swim and never being so happy about getting on the bike. It was also the race my husband’s family came in town to watch. They made me feel like an elite athlete.
What is your favorite race and why? I don’t have that much experience, but I would say, Green Lakes because I like the challenge of the course. The water was beyond cold, but it is beautiful. The bike and completing the hill from hell at the end and making it through the lake loop without breaking any bones – I am a notorious clutz.
What was your worst race and why? I would have to say the Iron Girl this past year. Not because of the course, but because I was hit in the head by a kayak and stung by a wasp the size of my fist while on the bike. These things do not make for a pleasant experience.
What are this year’s goals? Completing a couple Olympic distance triathlons, the Hudson Mohawk Valley Marathon and getting faster on the bike
In five years you hope to… Get one 70.3 under my belt.
Something most people don’t know about you: When I have the time I really enjoy quilting and I have an obsession with cupcakes. Not making them, but eating them.