Change Your Life From the Outside In: Colleen Cannon
Colleen Cannon might have been a world-champion triathlete in the ’80s and ’90s, but there’s not much that’s serious about this athlete. The now-46-year-old says even her entree into the racing world was a fluke.
Home: Boulder, Colorado
Profession: Owner and founder of Women’s Quest, a company that organizes fitness retreats
Passions: Movingin any and all ways; chocolate; her horses (she has two: Rafiki and Demi), dogs, and other furry animals
“The outdoors is the biggest playground we have.”
Colleen Cannon might have been a world-champion triathlete in the ’80s and ’90s, but there’s not much that’s serious about this athlete. The now-46-year-old says even her entree into the racing world was a fluke. “I didn’t even know what a triathlon was. I thought, ‘It must be like the walkathon I just did,’” she says. When Colleen found out she had to ride a bike, she showed up with her college-student model, complete with baskets and a kickstand. Despite that inauspicious beginning, she went on to win world and national triathlon championships (riding a real racing bike, FYI). Along the way, she discovered something: “Training isn’t just about grinding it out and competing. It’s about evolving to more of who you want to be. Wow! That’s kind of like life.”
After retiring from racing in 1992, Colleen founded Women’s Quest to help others transform themselves from the outside in through physical activity. Her five- to seven-day retreats are a mix of yoga, trail-running, cycling, and soul-searching sessionsoh, and lots of fun. “You might say I have a PhD in play,” says Colleen, whose favorite playtime activity is running with her horses. “That way, when I come to a hill, I can just jump on.”
We met Colleen during Health’s Real Beauty Road Tour 2006 with photographer Nigel Barker of America’s Next Top Model.