Leslie Montgomery, 48, and her son, Clayton, 31, have a unique relationship that has flourished through their competitive natures. Both have led active lifestyles and are now pursuing goals through half-marathons, marathons, and triathlons.
“We have both always been physically active. I played fast-pitch softball and volleyball in high school,” Leslie said, “and Clayton has inspired me to get into this sport.”
The mother and son recently completed the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon. An average triathlon consists of a .9-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. However, because of the recent heavy rains in the area, it was not safe for the group to swim in the river. Instead, the competitors ran an extra two miles to make up for the lack of swimming.
Clayton has been running for four years and has completed eight half-marathons, three marathons, six triathlons and one Ironman. He has set up scheduling for his mom to make sure she is trained and prepared for the upcoming competitions.
Clayton is scheduled to compete in his second Ironman competition at the Ironman Florida on Nov 3. The Iron Man tops the charts of physical strain and includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.
Leslie said, “We went to support him last year in Louisville, Ky., for his first Ironman.” She said it was an amazing accomplishment for him to complete an Ironman and he loves how it pushes him to the next level. “Racing is so mental” she added, “your mind tells you to stop but your body keeps going.”
They say their main goal is the live a healthy lifestyle and participating in this physical activity “is a great way for the family to stay fit and exercise.” The next competition they will be involved in is the Sports Barn Sprint Triathlon in Chattanooga on Aug. 4.
The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon, held along the downtown Chattanooga Riverfront, is considered to be one of the best triathlons in the country. This downtown triathlon takes the place of the popular Chattanooga Dam Triathlon of years past and the original Riverbend Triathlon from “many moons” ago. The Chattanooga triathlon tradition began more than 25 years ago.
The bike course is challenging but fun and racers seem to love it, according to the organizers who advised, “Prepare for some long, steady inclines and the complimentary fast downhill sections on the other side.”