Our Athlete of the Week is Ava Larkin!
Ava’s fitness journey began at age 5 when she started competitively swimming. She wanted to try something new and her dad signed her up for her first triathlon at age 8. She enjoyed the rush and excitement of doing three sports at once and has been competing ever since. She is now a high performance youth elite athlete traveling to qualifying races. Endorphin Fitness has coached Ava for 4 years.
So far this season has just begun for Ava. She competed in her first qualifying race in Sarasota, Florida and placed in the top 20. She is training with her coaches, attending skills camps, and preparing herself for the next qualifying race. Her main goals this this season is to qualify at East Coast Triathlon Festival for the youth elite race and compete at Nationals placing top 20 in her group.
There have been good and bad race experiences for Ava. Her favorite race experience was at Youth/Junior Nationals 2017 when she crossed the finish line winning her age group. Her least favorite was ECTF where she came off the bike onto the run and had trouble breathing. Ava did not finish the race where she wanted to.
Ava’s current distances are the 375m swim, 10-mile bike, and 2.5k run. Ava’s favorite part about triathlon is the run and the bike. Ava loves that she can push herself to do more and feel accomplished for it when she crosses the finish line.
Endorphin Fitness has taught Ava to “Be More” by teaching her to set and achieve her goals, push herself, and realize what she is capable of.
When we asked Ava if she had any advice to beginners, she said, “Give it all you have!”