Erin Bardon is a wife, and mother of two, 50% partner in an Architecture and Interior Design Firm, can break a board in half, oh, and enjoys doing triathlons for fun.
Team “Tri Like a Mother” gave Erin her debut into the sport of triathlon in 2010. She began post baby and weighed over 200 pounds, barely able to run 1/8 of a mile she felt soft and slow. After a sprint triathlon in July of 2011 she decided she loved multisport, the challenge, and progress she saw.
TaeKwonDo lessons with her daughter began three years ago, and they are both on track to get their black belts in the next year.
Training with her friend Susan, (pictured), has been very motivating. They have added half-marathons to their training and hope to compete in a half-ironman in the next couple of years.
Having her name announced at Hy-Vee last year as she crossed the finish line was Erin’s most memorable finish. Finishing on the blue carpet and hearing people clap and cheer for her that she didn’t even know left her in awe.
It’s 9:00 p.m. and Erin is getting ready for a workout. Having a husband that makes his living traveling, balancing two children, and owning a business makes finding time to work out hard. She does most of the training late, after the kids have gone to bed.
Thousands of bikes neatly lined up in transition the morning of the Hy-Vee race, the number of competitors, and the kindness of the volunteers are some of Erin’s favorite aspects of Labor Day Weekend.