Joan Kane

Name: Joan Kane
From: New Hartford, NY
Years with MM: Joan has been with Migonis Multisport since early 2013.
Plans for 2018: She plans on racing her third career 70.3 event this season along with several other short course distance triathlons throughout the summer. Joan is also an avid runner and loves to race several of the local central New York road races throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Fun Fact: Joan’s daughter Molly also races triathlons and both competed at Ironman 70.3 Maine in late August 2017. Maine was Molly’s first 70.3 and Joan was over-the-moon to be able to race with her daughter on such a big day in Molly’s young triathlon career.

 

I do not identify myself as an athlete. I’m a wife and mom with four grown kids. Decades ago I was a group fitness instructor, but besides that, my favorite form of exercise was a walk around the block. I don’t really know where the sudden inspiration came from, but in 2011, I decided to participate in a 100 mile charity bike ride. My husband, a life long runner and cyclist, insisted that I needed to amp up my fitness in order to ride 100 miles. Under his guidance, I trained for several months, until he was satisfied that I’d be able to go the distance. The ride was a success and my fitness had improved significantly. And I was ready to take on new fitness challenges.

With no experience competing, I entered three sprint triathlons in the summer of 2012. I remember looking at the open water in my first real race and saying, “I don’t belong here. This isn’t me.” A woman standing next to me whispered, “You’re here, so own it.” I did. And after that, I was hooked on the sport.

The following year, my race goals expanded and I asked Matt to help me to prepare. As the season progressed I sustained some injuries that forced me to shift my goals, but I never abandoned my commitment to improving my overall fitness. I also learned that I was capable of so much more than I ever thought possible. With Matt’s careful coaching, I have stayed injury free. My race times continued to improved. I was ready for more.

I continue to push myself outside my comfort zone in terms of a tough races. In addition to my short and mid distance triathlon and road racing schedule, I ran a demanding 10 mile trail race, (twice) finished the Seneca 7 (77.7 miles around Seneca Lake with 7 runners and 7 bikes), had a solid performance at Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee and raced two half marathons and a 70.3. 

My biggest goal in 2017 is Ironman 70.3 Maine which will include my first ocean open water swim! 

Now I call myself an athlete – a triathlete. More than that, I am coached by Matt, an inspiring and super-humanly-talented athlete in his own right. And I am surrounded by an amazing, supportive group of Migonis Multisport teammates.

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