This year is a big year for me! I'll be turning pro, and for the first time, I will have a team of my own!
My team, Sarah Barkley Racing, consists of me and all my amazing sponsors and supporters, and of course, all of YOU. Together we are working towards the common goal of nurturing the fire within all of you to live the life of your dreams. To get outside and explore, to nourish your body with only the highest quality fuels and to engage with your community and to realize that you are capable of more than you ever imagined. Time to ROCK! This is an introduction of me and how my life ties in with CMI, the newest member of my team!
Who is Sarah Barkley?
I’m just like most of you. Really. Every day I work, I exercise, I eat and try to spend as much time with my family and friends as possible. I deal with issues like juggling a busy schedule, managing stress, overcoming fear and dealing with a myriad of insecurities.
Just like with most things in life, it’s all a matter of perspective. Perspective is something I seek quite a lot as a recovering perfectionist.
Instead of sitting at a desk, staring at a computer, I spend most of my day staring at the computer on my bike or the one fixed to my wrist. My office is, more often than not, the great outdoors, spending countless hours navigating the awe-inspiring Wenatchee Valley.
What I consider exercise is an all day thing. Instead of working it around everything else I need to accomplish every day, I fit everything else in around exercise. I say exercise, but if you know one or two triathletes, you are probably acutely aware exercise is what we call “training”. Yes, I am a triathlete. 2014 is my 8th year racing triathlon and will be my first year racing as a “pro”, after a few races as an AG to further develop my racing.
If you’re wondering what "pro" means, you’re not alone, most people have no idea. Basically it means I met a criteria standard that allows me to compete for money ($$YAY$$) in races with a designated prize purse and/or elite field.
Speaking of racing, I’ll admit, I have some pretty lofty goals for the next couple of years. Which is to say, I have my work cut out for me. I couldn’t be more excited! It’s with incredible fortune (and a dash of hard work) to have an abundance of support. I could not be more thrilled to have CMI on my team, they not only represent my extreme passion for sound nutrition and health, but support me in pursuing my dreams.
Before I started competing in triathlon on a more full-time basis about a year ago, I had a career in the tree fruit business. Fruit is a pretty big deal in the Wenatchee Valley, after all, it is the “Apple Capital of the World”! For years I sold apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and more around the country to retail grocery stores and wholesalers/distributors. Nutrition has always been an important aspect of my life. Growing up, our meals and snacks were centered around REAL food like fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and whole grains. Sure we occasionally ate fast food, but it was not the norm. Over time and through working in the fruit business, my awareness has increased with many things, but one in particular is how many people have NO IDEA what they are eating, not to mention where it comes from. It has always been a passion of mine to help educate people where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and what it does for their bodies.
Outside of racing, for work, I am an endurance sport coach with the SET Coaching Group and a personal trainer with Gold’s Gym of Wenatchee Valley. Coaching and helping others not only reach their fitness goals, but to realize their capabilities is incredibly rewarding.
So, you may be wondering what I do with all my free time? Is sleeping considered a hobby? Ok, ok, for "real" hobbies, I'm always up for a new adventure (as long as I'm rested, see #1) and anything to do with either being outside or cooking...did you say outdoor kitchen? Stop it.