Meet our June Athlete Spotlight, Elvia Rodriguez! Elvia is a long-time runner, now turned triathlete, Ironman, and most proudly, mother. Elvia and Alberto had their baby Raiden in October of 2020 and have strategized their training lives around new parenthood. Alberto is training and racing the first half of the year while Elvia emphasizes parenting, and then they will switch for the second half of the year. Elvia is building her foundation now in order to ramp up training for IRONMAN Arizona in November this year. You go girl!
Occupation: Certified Recovery Specialist at Airrosti
How long have you been swimming, cycling, running, and/or doing triathlons? I have been running for almost 19 years now, and 4 years for triathlons.
What aspects of triathlon do you enjoy most? The most enjoyable aspects of triathlon I would say are the community and people out there training and racing with you. Everyone is always motivating and cheering you on, but also willing to help you out when something happens—a flat tire, cramping, in need of gear, etc.
What has been your favorite training or racing event, and why? Best racing event -there are quite a few. I would say one of them is when we did our 10k in Bali. Running throughout the city of Denpasar and being able to enjoy the views was amazing. Second race event would probably be Ironman Arizona 2019, because I actually completed the whole thing when I thought during the run I wasn’t going to make it due to nausea. However, on mile 18/20 I remembered the hubby gave me some Pepto that morning for “in case of emergency.” I dug deep into my pocket and there it was. It literally helped me recover from my nausea and helped me finish.
What is your favorite post-workout or race meal? Tacos n Salsa's and a Dr. Pepper
What is one recent accomplishment you are proud of? Recent accomplishment would be becoming a mama for the first time. Being able to stay active throughout my pregnancy was a blessing and having her here makes life so much more.
What do you want to be when you grow up? There is always room for change in career and the sky's the limit. I have always wanted to get into Event Planning, but who knows if I will get into that or not. I have also been thinking about possibly going back and getting a certification/master’s in counseling/Coaching or even Project Management. Just random thoughts I have had when talking about career changes.
What is something no one knows about you? I would say I was ranked 8th in the Nation for HOSA Sports Medicine back in 2006.