The Road To Nationals with Ella Charon

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  • Ella Charon of USC Triathlon tells us how she keeps going as she closes down on Nationals as a Sophmore.
  • Hometown:  Baltimore MD
  • Sport / Competition:  Triathlon (usc triathlon team)
  • Instagram/@usctriathlon / @ella_charon
  • Facebook/usctriathlon
  • RM:  How many years have you been competing?
    This is the end of my second year competing in triathlons with the USC triathlon team.  The first few months were pretty rough, I came from a running background in high school, but was not prepared for the intense swimming and biking! But now, I feel pretty confident going into races and love to have fun and be competitive!
  • RM:  What have been some of the craziest things you have witnessed while training, competing or traveling?
    For a few races, we have to travel and stay overnight and our team also does retreats in the fall and spring, which are amazing bonding opportunities! We camp every year and during these trips, one of the craziest things I have witnessed is how much we eat! We go to Costco and buy about 5 huge carts of food...and it all disappears!
  • RM:  What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?
    Obviously I feel fastest in Cardinal and gold...Trojan colors! And as for my competitiveness, I am driven to progress myself and my teammates.  The foundation of my mental strength comes from the fact that I know we have trained so hard for each event individually and as a team, we are a force to be reckoned with!  I also think about where I was on my first day of the team compared to now and how far I've come. 


  • RM:  How has your approach changed from the beginning of the season to the end to make you a better at each stage as you head to nationals?
    In the beginning of the season, I was just trying to get my triathlon legs back in action from a summer of eh, kinda, training.  I was going through the motions, getting miles under my belt, but recently, every workout as if I am going against my personal best.  I work hard so that I finish feeling as if the results are pushing me forward in speed. 
  • RM:  What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?
    I would love to run my PR at the 10k.  Every race, my goal is to pass as many people as possible, because that keeps me motivated during the race. 
  • RM:  How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?
    I am so nervous for nationals! But so ready...  I think that I have the right amount of butterflies. No injuries luckily! 
  • RM:  What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?
    In a few years after I graduate, I would really like to continue training.  First I would like to take on 70.3 and then maybe build up to a full ironman.  I love this sport so much because I'm always excited and never get bored...training without my wonderful team is going to be hard, but I'm interested in maybe joining another club team after graduation to keep training.
  • RM:  When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?
    There are going to be so many people! That's what makes me nervous...  I'm not the best with large crowds, especially at the start of the race, when we're all in the water. But, I am so so excited to travel with my team and see them compete.  I know how dedicated we all are and I can't wait for us to rep SC in Clemson!
  • RM:  What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?
    Not much...I have the same trusty bike, I've gotten some new running shoes! Zoots are the best.  We've gotten new uniforms also made By ZOot and they are so awesome.  They fit perfectly and are comfy especially during the run.
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  • RM:  Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote?
    I found this quote on Instagram it just came up as a sponsored ad for puma.  It said, "the race goes by so fast, you don't really get to think much.  And I think if your thinking about the race, you're going too slow." Said by Asafa Powell.  Race day, you just gotta do it. 
  • RM:  What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?
    Art.  I'm a fine art and design major, and I specialize in video and photography, so I am obviously super into going to museums and galleries.  I also nerd out on art theory because that's currently all that I am studying and writing papers on! 
  • RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?
    I would love to create a triathlon in Baltimore where I am from.  I would love to bring my love of triathlon to my hometown because it's not a huge presence as far as I know.  And Baltimore, in my opinion, is an incredibly diverse and exciting city, it would be so great! 
  • RM:  Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to? Feels by kiiara
    Any Matt and Kim!
    Something about you- ODESZA
    Runaway -galantis
    Smoke and retribution - Flume 
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