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Meet Patricia Walsh

Sept. 06, 2016, 11:06 a.m. (ET)

Patricia Walsh
Age: 35
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Sport class: PT5
Current ranking: 6
Career highlights: 1st, 2015 Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event, USA Paratriathlon National Championships, Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships, 2014 Chicago ITU World Paratriathlon Event; 3rd, 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event

Patricia Walsh did her first triathlon because of a dare. As an avid runner, she had to learn to swim and improve her biking skills. The rest, as she says, is history. Now, Walsh spends seven days a week training a minimum of two disciplines plus yoga, strength and conditioning and Pilates. The intense training can be overwhelming at times. Walsh combats it by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. On the dedication it takes to compete at the Paralympic level, Walsh says: “You have to decide several times a day to stick with something so challenging and intimidating. Discouragement is part of the process. Your job is to have a solid plan and stay the course.”

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