Meet Tonya Bush-Sawyer! She is one mentally tough cookie and one you can't easily forget!
Get to Know Tonya!
Q: Tonya, what are you passionate about?
Tonya: "I am passionate about The community that the Tri world affords and biking, of course!"
Q: How did you get your start in triathlon?
Tonya: "About 8 years at nearly 350 lbs. I watched my wife train for and complete a sprint, she was one and done and I was hooked and swore one day that would be me."
Q: What do you enjoy most about our sport?
Tonya: "The community."
Q: Are you coached or self-coached? How did you land on going that particular route?
Tonya: "Coached. I need to be feed a plan and need someone to hold my feet over the fire."
Q: How do you juggle your family, job, social life, other hobbies & your training?
Tonya: "I work part-time so most of my workouts are done during the day when the family is at school/work. That helps but before that I would get workouts in before my world wakes."
Q: What was the greatest challenge you face when training?
Tonya: "Swimming, still is my biggest challenge."
Q: Who, or what, in triathlon inspires you?
Tonya: "Newbies inspire me, it’s really hard to take that leap and it’s amazing to watch the transformation it brings."
Q: Favorite race or training moment?
Tonya: "My first Tri was Go Girl, I did it on a mountain bike that weighed a ton, took nearly 10 minutes in T1 and cursed every damn hill in Eagle Creek...and I loved every single moment of it!"
Tonya Bush-Sawyer (left), attending Miamiman aquathon, where she qualified for- and is going Words!
"I am passionate about fitness and keeping the weight that I lost off. I especially love my bike!"