Going the Distance
Taylor Macfarland is a grad student. She also works two jobs; one as a coach at the YMCA, and one as a mental health counselor at Hamilton College. She’s also a triathlete with a rigorous training regimen. Despite this demanding schedule, she continues to push her body to the limits in order to make it across the finish line.
Taylor began racing in triathlons after her swim coach in college, who was also an Ironman, encouraged her to go out for a race. She already had the background as a cross-country runner and swimmer, but she needed to build her stamina in cycling. Her father was a triathlete, and she credits him as her biggest inspiration in getting more involved with the sport.
Since she started racing, Taylor has competed in 17 triathlons, including two half Ironman races and a half marathon. Triathlons are broken up into four groups: Sprint distance, Olympic distance, half Ironman, and Ironman. The sprint tri involves a 750m open swim, a 20k bike and a 5k run. The events double as the difficulty progresses. Taylor plans to compete in her first Ironman, the Lake Placid Ironman, next summer. Until then, she has a lot of training to do to be where she wants to be as a competitor.