If you’ve been active in triathlon in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area, you’ve probably seen or even met the friendly and talented Katie Palavecino. A long-time participant in Luray Triathlon, Katie took home the win at the Luray International in 2011 and her husband, Matias, holds the course records for both Luray International and Sprint. Now, as a wife, a patent examiner and mother of two young children, Katie still manages to fit triathlon training into her weekly routine.

I interviewed Katie to find out a little more about her, how she balances being a triathlete with being a mom and a wife, and what she thinks about the Luray Triathlon. Be sure to check out Katie’s blog.

Interview with Katie Palavecino

Q: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, my name is Katie Palavecino. First I am a Mommy and a Wife. I am also a triathlete, an OCD swimmer, and a Patent Examiner and 2011 Luray International Triatlon Champ! I live with my husband, Matias, son Leo (2 years in June) and daughter Chloe (born last September) in Alexandria, VA.

Q: You and Matias are now parents. How that changed your training and racing?

Hmmm… this is an interesting one. I have always been an EARLY morning person. Even before kids I was normally up by 5 AM. Now I just have a good excuse to get up that early. 😉 I definitely rethink smashing that last interval in the pool, on the bike, or out on a run…where pre-kids I could go home and eat and relax…now it is getting home to take care of Chloe and to chase after Leo…a toddler full of never ending fun and energy. Matias and I have fun incorporating our workouts into our daily activities with the kids. Running to and from daycare, meeting the family at the pool after I get a long swim in for some family swim time and then driving the kids home while Matias runs home.

Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?

Balancing family, work and training is a challenge…but anything worth doing is worth overdoing right?! Managing it all on a daily basis is extremely fulfilling to me.

Do you think that your lifestyle has changed since you did your first triathlon? If so, in what ways?

Triathlon has become my lifestyle since I did my first triathlon in 2005. It has had it’s ups and downs since then but has always been and will always be a part of my life. The summer before Leo was born after several years of heavy training all I could think was…I wish I had a baby so I wasn’t expected to go on a 6 hour bike ride every weekend! I stayed active through both pregnancies…swimming, spinning, or jogging every day…just got to keep moving. Now it is just about finding balance and incorporating it into our daily routine.

What is your experience with the Luray Triathlon?

I LOVE Luray! It is my favorite race and we try to get there in some form or another every year. 🙂

What do you like best about the race?

The HILLS! The people…everyone involved in the race (race directors, volunteers, Luray community, spectators, participants) are the most friendly…definitely helps with calming those pre-race jitters..and the area…a great place to go for a weekend getaway.

Q: What one piece of advice would you give any triathlete racing in their first Luray Triathlon race?

Do the Luray Devil’s Double!


Thanks, Katie, and see you in August!

David Glover
Luray Triathlon Race Director

Katie and Matias Palavecino at Luray Triathlon

Katie and Matias Palavecino