Jackie Egle Capella

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.

What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

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…:

  • I love old school disco music.  And tend to sing it while I am riding.
  • I love to camp in a tent.
  • I have a group of the best friends a person could ask for.  Wait, maybe that does not belong in this category, because if you know any of them then you know that about me.

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