Her Story: Karen Blamick, A Strong Comeback

Because nothing motivates us to stay healthy and active more than hearing stories of other athletic women, Her Sports + Fitness brings you Her Story, profiles of women like you.

Karen Blamick
Longwood, Florida

Sports: Cycling (mountain and road), running, triathlon

Age: 45

Job: Human resources director

How I got started in sports: I didn't participate in sports when I was growing up. I did my first mountain bike race on a dare when I was 34.

Athletic highlights: Winning the Florida State Cycling Criterium Championship, competing in my first half Ironman and getting back on my bike after being hit by a car.

Athletic goals: To qualify for the Boston Marathon and to do an Ironman by the time I'm 50.

Best comeback: I was competing in a cycling race when a car slammed me from behind, breaking vertebrae and my ribs. I was airlifted to a trauma center and spent six months living in a back brace and going to rehab. I never considered not competing again.

Biggest training obstacle and how I overcome it: Finding time to train. I take advantage of every minute--like seeing how many crunches I can do while I wait for a download on my computer or how many push-ups I can do before I get an IM response.

I was most proud when: I took the basket and bell off my bike and believed in myself enough to race.

What I wanted to be when I grew up: A Price is Right model.

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