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Grit and Dirt - Inspirational Stories of Grit and the Dirt on How to Change Your Life

Jan 22, 2018

April Gellatly might be the most positive person you encounter on an Ironman course. With lots of energy, positive feedback and a LOUD voice, and likely dressed in pink, you'll know April when you meet her. Once a pro-triathlete, she is now active on the course as a coach and cheerleader.

April started got her start in triathon early in life. Her community had a very active youth triathlon program. As the youngest of three, a sister who was a world class swimmer and a brother who....., April found herself excelling in triathlon. It was a place where she got the attention of the most important man in her life, her dad.

Tragically, at the age of 20, April lost her dad to suicide. After his death, she once again returned to triathlon as her place of stability. She set her sights on racing the Ironman World Championship and qualified at her first Ironman in Wisconsin. April shares about that first race experience - both her rookie mistakes and what it meant to complete that race with her dad in mind.

April graduated from college on the verge of the recession and just one year into her first job, she was laid off.  Again, she found triathlon to be a place of stability and decided to take her pro card.

April shares the good and bad of life as a pro and what made her decide to leave the pro world and focus on her coaching business.

Whether you're thinking of your first triathlon or dreaming of Kona, April's story of grit and her practical advice will get you ready for the next step.

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