Wife, mother, VP of Univision, singer, trumpet player… Sarah Squiers wears many hats while competing in the hat trick of sports, triathlon. This year Squiers is attempting another hat trick by qualifying for her third Age Group Sprint-Distance National Championship. What started out as a midlife crisis gift to herself and a way to overcome a fear of open water has blossomed into yet another passion.
byteclay.com recently spoke with Squiers about her active lifestyle.
Mark Davis: How do you juggle triathlon with all of your responsibilities?
Sarah Squiers: The first year you do triathlons; everybody in the family is excited for you. The second year, the family gets a little tired, enough about you, come back to earth. That second year, I was still doing my workouts after work. And that really affects the family unit. The big lesson I got on managing the family and work and everything is you just gotta get up. You’ve got to get up at 4:30 in the morning and get the majority of the workouts done then. Typically when I get home from a Saturday bike and a run, my house isn’t even awake yet. As long as it’s not interfering with their lives everything goes smoothly. That comes with just getting your butt up in the morning.
The other thing is I have a very understanding, supportive husband. He works from home. He does all the cooking Monday through Friday. He really keeps the house in order. We also have a live-in, but it’s really his acceptance to let me do all these crazy things and be supportive. And every once in a while he has to rein me in and remind me, Sarah, you’re not present. He’s really the number one reason why it works in the family unit. He wants us all to be our best. Everybody in the family is an athlete. Everybody is interested in health and what is possible, that’s the mentality in our family and nobody wants to hold anybody back. It’s always, what’s next?
MD: Does your job involve travel?
SS: Tons. I was in New York nine times last year. That doesn’t include me going up to Portland to see Nike, to Seattle to see Microsoft and Starbucks. Most of my clients are up and down the coast and Denver. However my whole report team is in New York. I try to book my hotels next to the best training facility in the area because it has to be convenient. Especially with New York, between the time change, the work hours, it’s just not convenient to train there. It’s hard. You’re already getting up at four o’clock in the morning, which I’m fine here to do that and go train. But to get up at two o’clock in the morning my time to train in New York does not serve me well. I’ve got to be close to a facility I can get to right after work. Because you’ll always make it to the work, you don’t always make it to the workout. That’s how I make sure that I don’t miss a step.
MD: When you’re in New York, do you run on the street or on a treadmill?
SS: I usually run on a treadmill. The weather is not always conducive. I don’t like to run in the dark by myself. I typically do those workouts grudgingly on a treadmill. I give myself a few incline variations to keep it from being boring.
MD: How do you do the bike training?
SS: I have a bike trainer but until I get a power meter on my bike, I prefer to go to the Bay Club because I’ve got my power levels and they just keep you honest. It’s hard to go by feel on my trainer. As much as I don’t like to spend an hour and a half on a trainer, it’s a more honest and successful workout. I just bought a new road bike this past year, right before all the rain hit. I think I’ve been on it only once. I’m afraid of traffic, I like to go out early but I won’t ride in wet or frosty conditions.
MD: What about your swim training?
I do masters swimming at Redwood. I don’t like to swim indoors; I’m not a fan. If I get desperate I’ll swim at Ross Valley. But according to Duane, we’re going to be doing a lot of swimming in the bay. I can’t wait to see that schedule. We’re going to start with a wetsuit and slowly get rid of it.
Will Sarah qualify for the Nationals? Stay tuned…