DC Triathlon Club

Julie Billingsley

January, 2022

Julie was a youth and collegiate swimmer.  She branched out into triathlons in 1985, when aero bars looked really funny and sports drinks were in their infancy.  She raced competitively for 5 years, including at the first world championships in Avignon, France, 1989.  Since then four kids, multiple ankle surgeries and a busy life have added up to some on and off years of racing but much more consistency over the past 10 years.  She relishes all the mishaps, glitches, challenges and adventures of racing – no race ever goes as planned.  Julie is excited to be a new member of DC Tri!

Age Group / Birth Location: 60-64 / Born and raised in Chicago
Years racing: on and off since 1985
Family status: married with four grown kids
Athletic background: swimming, water polo, rugby (regret the rugby)
Strengths on the course: hanging in there after the swim
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite race distance: Olympic triathlon and any open water swim
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: travel, playing piano, photography, reading (not always in that order)
Fun fact: thinking about writing a novel (the idea is gestating…)
Goals for 2022: Go heavy on the run-substitute workouts (water running!)

2022 Race Schedule:

  • Kinetic Olympic TBD
  • Escape from Alcatraz
  • Diamond in the Rough
  • USAT Nationals Milwaukee
  • Big Shoulders 5k swim, Chicago
  • October race TBD
  • World Triathlon Age Group Championships, Abu Dhabi