MEET LISA BECHARAS - PRO TRIATHLETE
I first fell in love with endurance sports running Cross Country and Track and Field at DePauw University. However, it wasn’t after college when I was serving as an assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University that I discovered triathlon.
2018 served as my rookie year competing as a professional and oh man was that a humbling experience! Nothing says “Welcome to the Big Leagues” like getting my butt handed to me in every race I participated in! I ended that year with two, 8th place finishes at Ironman 70.3 races and the fire was lit to work harder than ever. 2019 was a year filled with frustration and injury. I started my season off at Texas 70.3 with a 10th place finish in a strong field. Soon after that I developed calf issues that left me unable to run. Fast forward nine months I was diagnosed with compartment syndrome and underwent surgery in January 2020. After a frustrating 5 month recovery I was able to slowly build some consistency with running. I did my first race in 18 months at the PTO-sponsored Huntington Triathlon where I snagged 5th place and my first ever paycheck in triathlon! A month later I followed that performance up with a 2nd place finish at PTO-sponsored Great Floridan triathlon earning a spot at the PTO Championships at Challenge Daytona! I have never before cherished competition opportunities and finish lines as much as I do now.
Sports have always been and will always be a huge part of my life. Through sport I have developed a set of skills and a mindset that have better prepared me to handle obstacles and everyday challenges. Through failure I have become more resilient. Through injury I have become more patient. Through success I have learned the value of hard work and the importance of humility. Through the process of chasing ‘better’, I have learned that the relationships you form are the most important because, at the end of the day, having people to share these experiences with is what makes it all worth it.
The fire burning inside of me is hotter than ever as I have big dreams to chase, however, I plan on chasing those with a big smile on my face! Catch ya out there!