Meet Mary Walinder! She currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago, and when she isn’t training she is working for HP’s user group for a digital printing technology called Dscoop! But every morning, she is at the gym for her daily workout, and now that the summer sunshine is here, she enjoys taking her dog for a walk a few times a day while working from home! And on occasion she will take a walk in the evening with her neighbors! When I asked her about what one of her biggest motivators is in her training, she replied, “I love my FitBit and the weekly challenges because it keeps me motivated to keep moving”. Mary is a truly motivated athlete, and someone who thinks of everyone in her training. In fact, the person who took this picture deserves much needed credit- Denny Gillen. Denny was a wonderful Team Orphans athlete that raised over $30,000 for the organization. However, just this last year he passed away… He lived a life that was fulfilling and wholesome and his contributions to the Team Orphans organization will never go unnoticed. Each Virtual Ironman competitor are tremendous athletes that deserve so many accolades. So keep working hard, and having fun, and like Mary proclaimed to me, “Let’s all hit our goal in this Virtual Ironman!”
Just look at this teammate bonding! Pictured below is Lynn Benson, with her triathlon partner, daughter Sarah, and her kids. Just last year Lynn and her teammate trained and did the Luddington sprint triathlon, AND Reeds like sprint triathlon together! The athleticism doesn’t stop with just her though… All three of her children did the Rockford kids triathlon- with her youngest, Abby, being only two years old! WOW, “Amazing” runs in the Benson household! So you wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you that Lynn was also a Physical Education teacher as well! Today, Lynn is currently training by completing another Double Ironman with the Team Orphans virtual event- We’re all rooting for you Lynn! In Lynn’s free time, when she isn’t sweating it out with her athletically amazing family, she is a volunteer cookie baker for Clara Cookies! I’d say Lynn Benson is the perfect training partner- Just look at those happy smiles!