Name: Jackie Egle Capella
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I have been involved in Triathlon for about seven years. Like many things I do it all started with a dare. My friends know I am a sucker for a well placed dare.
Who is your hero?
Wow, that is tough. I know so many people who have overcome huge obstacles in their lives. There is no way I could pick just one. Wake up everyday and be thankful, be kind, do the best you can – my definition of a hero.
What is your athletic background?
Mostly skiing, gymnastics and track (I was a sprinter. I know – seems improbable, right). But really you name it – my dad and grandfather made sure we experienced as many sports as possible. I cannot really cook but I can ice skate, fish, horseback ride, throw a baseball, sail….and drive a standard.
I love to run. I do not love to bike. Enough said.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was Cazenovia. I remember standing on the lake shore the night before the race with a friend of mine and saying “This is the stupidest thing I have ever done.” I have since said that same thing a million times – rock climbing, participating in a fireball eating contest (see dare statement above) and learning to shoot a shotgun come to mind.
What is your favorite race and why?
My favorite race is the Finger Lakes Tri. It is a beautiful course and a well run race.
What was your worst race and why?
Great timing on the worst race question. It has to be this year’s Syracuse 70.3. The run was a death march.
What races are on your race calendar for 2013?
Behind me are; Columbia Tri, Green Lakes and Syracuse 70.3.
Still in front of me are; Cazenovia, Skinnyman and Finger Lakes.
What are this year’s goals?
This year, like every year, my foremost goal is to have fun. Ok, who am I kidding… people who know me would call me a liar if I did not include a goal of doing well – I can be a bit competitive.
In five years you hope to … :
In five years I hope to have launched my children (Alex, 19 and Abby, 17) to wonderful, purposeful lives. And then I am buying a really cool sailboat.
Something most people don’t know about you…: