In December 2015, Stacie Moore decided to sign up for her first-ever triathlon. Stacie wasn’t an athlete growing up, and exercise was never a huge priority. As a mother of six, life took over, and fitness took a backseat.
In January 2016, she took her first step towards wellness and joined the Duanesburg YMCA.
“I had a doctor’s appointment that year and my doctor told me I was obese. I thought, no, I’m not obese. I can do anything I want to do,” Stacie said.
That’s when she came up with the idea.
“I’m going to do a triathlon. How many obese people do a triathlon?”
That’s where her journey began. She came to the Y day after day, working hard towards her goal.
“I’m an extremist,” Stacie explained. “I’m not just going to say that I’m going to go for a walk every day. No. I’m going to do a triathlon. Just to get healthy and fit. A lot of it was to prove something to myself.”
Her self-motivation and perseverance is what got her here.
“I used to teach, so I was always moving and staying active. I switched careers and I had a home-based business, which caused me to be in a seat most of the time,” said Stacie. “I got to spend more time with my family, but gave up a good portion of my mobility.”
Stacie learned from personal experience how low-mobility can affect your health as you age.
“I watched my grandparents decline very quickly after they retired and it was because a lack of mobility,” Stacie explained. “I came to the Y and I was so inspired by all of these older people. They’re so agile and they’re moving.”
Stacie was able to find a place full of role models and motivation to help her reach her goals.
“I think that’s why the Y is so great, not just for families, but for older people.”
She is taking their lead and pushing forward with the help of her family.
“I don’t want to lose my mobility and be strapped to my desk,” Stacie said, easing into a smile. “I have big goals.”
The journey to her first triathlon was long and difficult, but she had her family there to keep her motivated.
Once they joined the Y, Stacie started taking spin classes with her daughter-in-law to prepare for cycling. Her daughter would swim with her at night, and when the weather was nice, her boys would ride their bikes while she ran alongside them.
“They all did their piece to keep me motivated,” said Stacie. “The more I got into it, the more supportive they were.”
Stacie completed her first triathlon in June 2016 at the Sacandaga Lake Triathlon.
“At the time, I probably wasn’t ready for it,” said Stacie. “But it was my first goal. I thought if I can do this, let’s see where I can go.”
The race proved to be difficult, but her positive attitude kept her going.
“When we got into the lake and I started swimming, I think the first 25-30 yards, I thought I was going to die,” said Stacie laughing. “There are a ton of people around you kicking, water splashing up over you, trying to get ahead of you. But I didn’t die. I made it.”
Stacie’s positivity lights up the room—it’s no wonder that she has been able to make it this far.
“When I did finish, I finished almost last. But I finished,” smiled Stacie.
Stacie never gave up, but when she was struggling towards the end, one of her sons joined her, running the last quarter mile of the race.
“It was hard but we did it. I say “we” because all of my kids come. They all support me and they all cheer me on,” Stacie smiled. “They’re great because it’s about making a goal and achieving it. Being healthy and being fit.”
Proud of her accomplishments, Stacie wanted to see where else she could go. She signed up for the Duanesburg YMCA triathlon that August, followed by an Olympic triathlon. Like she said, she has big goals.
Big goals indeed. Stacie moved from one triathlon, to another, to another. And this year, she’s taking on her first Ironman in Lake Placid.
“I told my husband that if it’s the 17th hour and I haven’t crossed the finish line, stay there. I’m coming. I will cross that finish line. Don’t leave. Don’t get up,” she laughed. “When I come across, I want you all to get up and start screaming like I was the first one to cross.”
Stacie has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to this point. She was never very athletic, and prior to joining the Y, she wasn’t able to swim with her face underwater.
“In my journey, I’ve learned that “fit” is a different definition for everyone,” explained Stacie. “When most people hear “fit”, they think of a muscly person. That’s not always the case. You can be on the heavier side and still be fit because you have endurance and flexibility. It’s not all about appearance.”
“I was intimidated to start running outside. I thought people might see me and think, Oh yeah, she needs to run. All of these things sort of get in your head,” Stacie explained.
While the journey wasn’t easy, Stacie was able to overcome every obstacle she faced and she continues to reach for the stars.
“A lot of it is mental. When you feel like you want to give up, you just tell yourself to keep going,” said Stacie. “Your body can do so much more than you think it can. You really have to push yourself.”
And push herself she does. Stacie is an inspiration to her children and fellow Y members.
“I have big goals,” smiled Stacie.