Meet Team Sharsheret US Ironman Triathlon Champion Erica Berthou
It is an absolute honor to be a part of Team Sharsheret. Rochelle Shoretz is a former colleague, friend, and truly inspirational person. Sharsheret’s selfless commitment to helping those in need is amazing and I couldn’t think of a better organization to race for!
Every year I make challenges not resolutions. This was the year that the ironman adventure became a reality. Ever since my brother competed in his first ironman in China in 2009, I have wanted to emulate his example. We normally compete together as a team and we spur each other on. However, this year he will be cheering me on from the sidelines. I’m so excited even though this will not be easy, but challenges are not suppose to be easy, right?
In the last two years I have done 3 marathons, 1 100K ultra marathon, 1 tough mudder competition and other adventure races. This competition will bring a new chapter in my extreme sports experience.
Being raised in the northern part of Sweden I was never taught how to swim freestyle. So to improve, I have been taking crash courses in swimming. Added to that I spent most of my childhood riding horses and competeing in show jumping. The learning curve has been steep thus far.
I look forward to competing in Team Sharsheret’s colors. Please support my efforts to get to the finish and contribute to Sharsheret’s programs and services.