Weekend Warrior: Ashley Nations Bradford ~ triathlete

Triathlete, 42, Physical Therapist with Rehab Etc., Leadership Collierville Board, Legislative Board for TN Physical Therapy Association

Braggin’ Rights:

I have…

…competed in the USA Triathlon Nationals for Olympic Distance

…qualified and competed in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

…made All American for USA Triathlon

…earned the IRONMAN All World Athlete designation

I won at King of the Hill Triathlon, Mighty Mite Triathlon, Healthy Shelby 5K, and Master’s at the St Jude Half Marathon (3rd place). I competed in my first Ironman in Arizona in 2017, finishing in just over 12 hours.

Highlights:

I love the local races like Annie Oakley and Mighty Mite, but the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in 2017 was one of my most memorable races. It was amazing seeing the best athletes from all over the world, and women competed on a separate day so it was a great vibe!

I ❤ Tri’s:

You can push for your individual goals and still be a part of a team and a community that encourages everyone to do their best. You put in the work and get the reward!

Obstacle Course:

I had a difficult time getting pregnant, so for years I had to take time off from training and racing. My first loss was at 16 weeks, and it was awful. It was hard because my training keeps me sane! I have amazing kids now so I have so much more fuel and can’t wait to share this with them.

Next Challenge:

Germantown Half Marathon, Memphis in May Triathlon, and IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio. I want to qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in New Zealand! 

Must-Haves:

I can’t workout without my Garmin watch. My Wahoo Kickr is a close second. I am a data fanatic!

 Best Eats:

Flight… an appetizer flight, wine flight, seafood flight, and dessert flight. 

Passion:

Kids make everything fun, interesting, and crazy! I also love my job and that I can give people hope and comfort while seeing them get better. I love it when they can return to their regular lives be it work, running, or playing with their kids. 

Indulgence:

Sweets—any and all! 

Quote:

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.”—My high school cheer coach

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY BLAIR BALL.

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