Headsweats newest ambassador, Andrea Núñez-Smith is an 18 year old triathlete living in Austin, Texas. She has been a competitive swimmer her entire life and in the past year became a triathlete. She has fallen in love with the sport of triathlon and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her in the sport. Training with the local Austin T3 triathlon club means training 20 plus hours a week, about 12 practices a week, and competing often. Below she talks about how she got into the sport and one of her most memorable triathlon to date.
Growing up as a competitive swimmer I never imagined doing two other sports, especially all back to back to back. I did cross country for a couple years in high school and thought running was always fun, so I decided hey why not add one more sport. Cycling was my biggest challenge, I showed up to cycling practice the first day for my triathlon team (Austin T3) and had my light blue cruiser bike, with Go Girl on the side, oh and the lovely bell. I walk in and see everyone else there on aero bars and thought, oh boy, what have I just gotten myself into.
The next thing you know I’m signing myself up for my first Ironman, which led to multiple other races, which helped qualify me for The USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, WI. This race is the largest event in USA Triathlon history, with thousands of triathletes gathered to race both Olympic and Sprint distances, all with different dreams and goals. I placed 2nd in my age group (16-19) in the Olympic Distance with a time of 2:19.30. This qualified me for Team USA and the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada in 2014.
It was the best experience and so much fun to compete with athletes from all over the nation! I thoroughly enjoyed the race experience and even got to meet 4x National Champion Chrissie Wellington and Sister Madonna, who is the oldest triathlete/Ironman finisher in the world! I’m so blessed and thankful for having such an amazing experience!