Her Story: Allyson Thurber, Tried and True

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Allyson Thurber
Sherman Oaks, California

Sports: Triathlon, golf, surfing

Age: 52

Job: Executive chef

How I got started in sports: I started doing triathlon with the help of Team in Training.

Athletic highlights: Placing third at IronGirl Las Vegas and placing first in my age group for two years in the sprint distance L.A. Triathlon.

Athletic goals: To compete for the L.A. Tri Club in the nationals in sprint distance.

What's cooking: I specialize in seafood, but when cooking for friends, I always love to barbecue a steak with vegetables from my garden.

Biggest training obstacle and how I overcome it: I'm not a great runner, and I get lazy sometimes. To overcome it, I give myself a walk break every 15 minutes--it makes the whole run more pleasurable and gives me a chance to refocus.

Scariest thing I've ever done: An armed robber was standing at the foot of my bed, and I talked him out of my house.

Favorite saying: L.I.G. (Let it go.)

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