11: 30. Says Rhonda, “If I’m able to set
the goals, put in the work and achieve
these medals, anybody can!”
She started a Facebook page called
“Living Instead of Existing,” where she
shares her latest news, triumphs and
inspiration. She receives notes every
day from people who are inspired to
take action and make a change to a
healthier lifestyle. She’s made a bunch
of new friends, including one that has
encouraged her to travel to more triath-
lons and races in different locales.
Rhonda admits that so much of this
is outside of her comfort zone, but she’s
inspired and so grateful to be living
life and wants to live it to the fullest.
“Stepping out of my comfort zone has
been something that is very hard for me,
but every time I’ve done it, it’s changed
my life!” She’s now maintained her
bodyweight for three years, down fully
277 pounds and in the best shape of
She is now officially sponsored by
Raleigh, and they set her and her husband up with Raleigh electric bikes.
Hers is a Redux iE that she’s named,
appropriately, Onyx. It’s her daily driver that she uses to commute to work.
When Larry Pizzi from Raleigh found
out she was competing in triathlons, he
helped her with a Raleigh Capri as well.
Her commute is 18 miles each way
to and from work every day. “To commute by electric bike to work is the
only way for me. It helps me get ready
for my day. It helps me get rid of the
stress on the way home. It’s just been
amazing for me.” She added that she
gets to work faster by bike than she
would by car in traffic, which relieves
even more stress.
She’s registered for three more triathlons this year, and next March she’s
going to Kona to compete in an international race with some friends who are
new to triathlons.
She’s been able to keep her weight
where she wants it, not by diet but by
lifestyle. “I’ve found a healthy lifestyle I
like to live!” ■