Cheryl Ritzman

My name is Cheryl Ritzman and I am new to the Triathlon sport. I did my first Triathlon in September of 2021 and then did 5 Triathlons in the 2022 season, all with different lengths and different swim settings to get a sense of what I liked. I was introduced to the sport accidentally as I was running the trail behind the St. Peters Rec Plex and found myself being cheered by volunteers for the Rookies and Rockstars event. I looked up Triathlon on Google and the rest is history. I have been a member of the STL Tri Club for a little over a year. I do have a goal of completing a Half Ironman by the time I’m 60.

When/Where was your first triathlon?
STL Triathlon

What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?

What is your favorite race?
Carlyle Lake

What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
Falling on the bike route at 370 Lakeside Triathlon

What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?08
370 Lakeside

What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
That finish line feeling

What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
Garmin watch

8Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Just keep going. It’s worth it.