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From the Volleyball Court to Ironman Whistler, Megan Porteous is a Dynamic Athlete on the Rise

by Jeffrey Stern July 28, 2017

No stranger to competitive athletics, Megan Porteous grew up swimming as a kid and into her earlier teenage years. At the age of 14, her mom Lynn thought taking advantage of her tall and lanky build by trying a new sport, volleyball, was a good idea. Lynn couldn’t have been more right, as Megan went on to win the Monterey County player of the year as well as earn all-state accolades during her senior year of high school.

She then travelled a short distance up Highway 101 from her hometown of Salinas, California to play division one college volleyball at the West Coast Conference powerhouse Santa Clara University for four years. As an a dynamic athlete who always enjoyed skiing, wakeboarding and rock climbing while growing up, she new her athletic pursuits weren’t over after graduation.

THE NEXT CHALLENGE

“After college, I picked up running to fill the void left by completing my volleyball career. Soon I was running several half marathons a year. During my time working for Oakley, I had the opportunity to carpool with the infamous Greg Welch (former Ironman World Champion) and he got me curious about triathlon. I knew I could pick up the swimming part and I was already running, so I thought why not try the cycling thing?

Little did she know that cycling would become her favorite discipline out of the three.

Although she claims to have a love/hate relationship with running because “it seems so boring compared to cycling now,” it hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her goal of finishing an Ironman.

After completing two 70.3 Half Ironman distance triathlons, she’s ready for the next challenge, which arrives promptly this Sunday, July 30th in Canada; Ironman Whistler. The last seven months have been dedicated to training for this huge undertaking.

She’s keeping her cards close to her chest, hoping to just finish the notoriously hard Whistler course. However, the competitive edge she’s carried her whole life will certainly drive her to her limits and beyond come race day, and she knows anything can happen on race day.

 

USING TOPICAL EDGE

On top of all the hard work she’s put in Megan’s been using Topical Edge for her long training rides and plans to apply the sodium bicarbonate sports lotion after the swim in transition one,  just as she would sunscreen before the six-plus hour effort on the bike. If necessary, she’ll re-apply before her run in transition two as well.

When the Ironman is said and done she has her sights set on the next challenge, Lotaja, a 200 mile bike race from Logan, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September. But she’s not stopping there with her plans for the rest of 2017.

“I’m also hoping to expand my quiver of bikes and start mountain biking too.”

Based on her history as an athlete from a young age, we expect her to take to more endurance challenges like a fish into water.



Jeffrey Stern

Author

After cutting his teeth in the professional sports world working in sales for the Giants, Jeffrey found his passion for all things two wheels that pose a challenge and involves adventure. He also loves dogs, trail running, storytelling and afternoon recovery naps in hammocks.



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