Helping the blind and a top triathlete.
Shannon Gibbs Houlihan
RM3: Tell us a little about you?
I'm a triathlete from Houston Texas. I've lived in 10 homes, 7 cities, and 3 states in the last 20 years. Currently I live in Waxhaw NC.
RM3: Tell us a little about Para Guide?
Para Guide has been my baby as of late. I have loved helping visually impaired athletes get outside to run, swim or bike. We help athletes of ALL abilities, not just elite athletes. All abilities, ages, distances, and paces! We are rallying a team for the Novant Marathon/Half/5k, and we welcome all runners to join our team on Nov 11. Everyone who registers under our Team name will get a bonus/free tech team shirt!
RM3: When did you first start Cycling?
I started cycling in Houston when I was 35 years old. My friend put me on her old mtb, and I immediately went to buy a road bike. I learned to ride bikes in south Houston with a group called Pearland Cycling Club (PCC). They ride a very tight, very efficient double rotating paceline. Best place to learn to ride in a group.
RM3: When did you do your first triathlon?
My first tri was October 2013 in Houston, it was a sprint. I raced it on my first aluminum road bike, a Jamis.
RM3: Are you very competitive? I hear you are ranked.
I definitely show up to compete! Right now I'm #9 in the state for my age group, NC is a small state (a little chuckle)!
RM3: What was your favorite charity bike ride?
Couldn't choose a favorite ride, bike or child!
RM3: What is your favorite local route?
The kind where I don't get lost! So either a group ride in Waxhaw, out to Mineral Springs and back or up and down Rehobeth on repeat.
RM3: What do you find to be the most exciting thing about riding?
Watching my friends compete and taking photos of them on their beautiful bikes.
RM3: Do you do a lot of charity events?
Hmmmm... that's a good question.
RM3: When not riding what is your favorite thing to do?
Running and swimming. Cycling is the most challenging discipline for me.
RM3: When it comes to cycling tell us three things on your bucket list.
I'm almost 40. Do I need a bucket list?! I did the long route at BSG this year and lived, so there's that!
RM3: What do you most look forward to at RM3?
Riding with friends and always beer after!
RM3: What are you most proud of in your cycling experiences and why?
The first 70.3 I competed in in Galveston it poured rain the entire ride and the wind on the sea wall was nasty on the way back. Not my fastest ride, but I finished it!