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1. Edit it in CMS "SEO Content" Content Area on normal CMS pages.

2. E-commerce categories have it in "SEO ("SEO Content")" section.

3. E-commerce Product is editable in "SEO Data (Content)" section.

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You can use Caption Image field in CMS to replace it on specific pages.

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1. CMS - "Header" field

2. Ecommerce Category - category name

3. Ecommerce Product - product name

4. Blog list - blog name

5. Blog post - post name

6. News/Events item - news/events name

Subtitle

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Why Tri? - by Melanie Kopp

Why Tri? - by Melanie Kopp!


My name is Melanie Kopp.  I am 42 years old and live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.  As a high school student, I decided to take up swimming...not knowing much more than how to stay afloat.  My coach was patient and taught me all the strokes.  I ended up swimming a lot of distance in our meets, and did pretty well.  I did not participate in any college sports, as there was not enough time in my situation.  I had my first daughter at the age of 21 and my second daughter 5 years later.  My twenties were spent raising the girls,  finishing college and learning how to be a good teacher.  All that is to say, that I did not really work out much in any way until I was in my mid 30's.  It was at that point that I took a look at myself in the mirror, and was very unhappy with what I had become.  I was unhealthy, overweight, and depressed.  




Around that time, a group of my close friends/coworkers decided to train and run a half marathon together.  I was so clueless about the sport that I had no idea how long that even was.  As I watched them train and prepare, I began to think that maybe I could do it.  Then, they ran the race.  They returned to school the following Monday wearing their race shirts and finisher medals and were on cloud 9!  Right then, I decided that I wanted what they had.  So, on July 12, 2010, I went out for my first run.  I did intervals of running and (mostly) walking.  I ran 2.9 miles that day in 37:00 and thought it was the longest thing ever.  But, I was determined to run a half marathon in October.  So, I trained.  I incorporated cross training such as biking and yoga and core fitness.  Soon, I found I was losing weight....10, 15....40 lbs gone!!  And the depression was becoming less and less of an issue.  I was happy, eating much healthier, and I had something to look forward to.  I ran my first race, The Columbus Half Marathon, on October 17, 2010.  I will never forget the feeling when I crossed the finish line.  I was so happy, and proud of myself.  After that, I knew that nothing could stop me!  If I set my mind to it, I WOULD achieve it. 


I continued to train and ran another half marathon that following spring, and then decided to commit to my first full marathon.  Being a teacher, I knew a fall marathon would be best, as I could do the bulk of my training over the summer break. I met so many of my very closest friends through running and they mentored me as I struggled through the longer and longer distances.  I remember my first 14 miler seeming SO long...even though it wasn't even a full mile longer than I had already run.  As I continued to train, I became more and more impressed with what my body was capable of doing.  I ran my first full marathon on October 16, 2011.  Fittingly, I chose the Columbus Full after falling in love with the half the previous year.  I went on to run 6 more full marathons and countless other half marathons, as well as 5ks, 10ks, and so on.  My family even got in on the fun.  We did some fun runs, including the Color Run!  I found that running was allowing me to bond even deeper with my family and friends as well.  


In 2012, I decided to go back to my roots a bit.  I added swimming in as cross training. As I did more and more swimming, I was seeing benefits to my running as well.  Then, it hit me.  I was 2/3 of the way to doing a triathlon.  I had NEVER been a cyclist, and knew absolutely nothing about the sport, but once I got an idea, it was very difficult for me to let it go.  So, I decided by my 37th birthday (September of 2012), I was going to complete my first triathlon.  Luckily, I found one within an hour drive ON my birthday.  It was an olympic distance.  All I had at the time was a mountain bike.  That is what I trained on.  I did a Mini Triathlon that summer on my mountain bike to just get the feel for the transitions.  About a month before my race, I got my first road bike.  I loved her!!  I couldn't believe how much faster I was on it vs my mountain bike.  I exceeded my own expectations and had so much fun!!  THIS was what I was meant to do.  


Once I crossed the finish line, I knew I was capable of longer distance triathlons.  I was tired, but not spent.  So, I began looking into the Half Ironman distance.  Along with 2 other close girlfriends, I committed to Rev3 Cedar Point in early September 2013.  I was so excited to start training with them!  I was doing great getting a head start on my training and then on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend of 2013, I was out doing a brick and had a hard fall about 1/4 mile into my run.  I was alone and knew as soon as I hit the ground that I was hurt.  Badly.  Turns out I had a nasty compression fracture of my right wrist and surgery was going to be needed.  Luckily, I had a doctor who understood my need to get back to training as soon as possible, and he did everything he could to make that happen. During surgery, the put a plate and 9 screws in my wrist to rebuild it.   After surgery, I did not have to wear a plaster cast.  I wore a plastic one that was removable so that I could begin therapy 1 week post surgery.  When I broke my wrist, I thought my dreams of completing my first HIM were shattered as well.  But through the amazing doctors and therapists I had and my determination to get better, I did it.  On September 7th that year, I crossed the finish line of my first HIM! And it was even more amazing than I ever imagined.  



Last year, my goal was to break 6 hours.  I crossed the finish line in 5:59:07.  My next goal is to better that.  I just ran HIM #4 this weekend.  It wasn't my best training cycle, but I am still pleased with my finish.  Now, I want to push that finish time even further.  I have invested in a tri bike this season and have seen so much progress over the last two years on the bike.  Now, to get that run leg back up where I want it to be.  I would love to finish in 5:45.  My big longterm goal is to do a full iron!  I have not decided which one or when, but I know that I WILL do one. 


I have done a total of 4 HIM and a handful of shorter triathlons and love the push to make myself better.  Not many people understand that desire to go farther, and faster.  But it is innate.  I am a competitor by nature.  I love that adrenaline rush you get during a race.  I love making new friends on the course. I love the encouragement you can get from perfect strangers when it is most needed.  I love my triathlon community. Why do I tri?  To become a better version of myself.  Why do I continue to tri?  To help those just getting started to learn to love the sport as much as I do.  The most important piece of advice I could give when just getting started is to find a group of likeminded people and train with and learn from them.  

 I even made the front page of the local newspaper where the race was held!  What an honor and surprise!!

 

The most important thing to me is and always will be the relationships I have made.  This is what gives me the drive to continue to push forward when everything around me is telling me to quit.  

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