Athlete Spotlight: Rachel Newton

Where are you from? NKy

How did you get into endurance sports? I’ve been running competitively since 3rd grade but was starting to get bored with regular road races and struggled with longer distance training without injury. My sister started training for her first Olympic tri and shared how much the cycling mileage seemed to help her increase her running mileage with a lot less of the struggle. I bought a garage sale mountain bike for $10, eventually signed up for a duathlon (I can’t swim!) and was hooked. 

When did you first start with Rocksport coaching? 2019

Favorite two races? Tri for Sight and the women’s only Mason Duathlon 

What is the achievement you’re proudest of as an athlete? Being one of very, very few female head coaches (especially of a boys team) and using what I learn as an athlete to coach my kids more progressively than I was coached. 

Morning or evening workouts? Evening 

What’s your bucket list race? Hmmm i don’t have one, really. I want to have a more successful Olympic attempt.  I feel like I’ve just struggled through them as a horrible training day vs actually trying to be competitive 

Three songs most likely to be on your training playlist? Sublime caress me down; any Kesha pop bc the beat is fast; and old school Eve bc she raps so fast 

One song that would NEVER be on that playlist? Any country 

Favorite running shoes? New balance are currently my obsession 

Most embarrassing racing (or training) moment? That time I ate shit 5 seconds into the 2020 virtual du in front of two dudes and my sister. I truly thought I lost my front teeth. 

Most inspiring athlete? I was obsessed with Flo Jo as a child. I’m a sprinter at heart and I tried to mimic her nails. She was a badass. I think she had a quote about how she was trying to change her body rather than master her body. I feel like coaches (typically males) had a very dated way of training female athletes. It’s continuously been proven that we can’t change biology and we shouldn’t fight it and rather than train girls into missing periods and being thin, we just restructure the training to adapt.

What movie makes you laugh out loud? Shaun of the Dead 

Any podcast, book or YouTube channel you recommend for training motivation? I don’t have any currently – excited to see others respond. 

Ultimate goal as an athlete? Become a stronger cyclist and put together a fast Olympic race 

About erinrockrun

Erin Rock is a master's athlete, NASM personal trainer and USA Triathlon certified coach. She and her wonderful Irish husband Damien have two fur babies. When not on the bike or roads, she can be found plant-based cooking, reading non-fiction, or trying to break the world record for number of grocery bags carried on her arms in one trip.
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