There are athletes. There are competitive triathletes. Then, there are nationally competitive triathletes like Jayme Wyss.
In 2011, Jayme bought her triathlon bike and within three years she qualified for Team USA, which led her to compete in two World Championships. Jayme scored even more toughness points by having two children with her husband, Andy, during those years of competition in 2013 and 2015 while also jump-starting a successful blog, Tri Mommy Tri. “I started competing in triathlons as a competitive outlet,” explains Jayme. “I started writing about my experiences of competing and training during my first pregnancy after I gave birth to my healthy baby girl.”
Training at the World Championship level is challenging. Jayme credits some of her success to the community of Rhinelander. “Being in Rhinelander, I have access to the pool at the YMCA. I work in the Aquatics Department. They have free drop-in childcare that comes with a family membership. I’ve also logged a lot of miles on their treadmills. Mel’s Trading Post was also my bike sponsor. If I were in a big city, it would have been tougher to get that partnership with a bike shop. Mitch and the staff at Mel’s have been great to work with.”
With competition, her blog, the YMCA, and coaching Track and Field, Jayme still plans downtime. “Saturday mornings are for family time,” she explains. “Sundays we go to church at St. Mark’s in downtown Rhinelander. Workouts happen in the afternoon. Sometimes my husband would bike beside me as I ran, pulling the kids behind him. He supports me, and we just like being all together. I think one of the best skills I bring is time management. My opportunities are limited in time, so it’s about maximizing the time that I do have.”
The Wysses welcomed their third child in March 2017, which necessitated taking a year off from triathlons. Jayme has a passion for supporting women and mothers. “Motherhood is rough–there are so many different aspects to this, not just fitness related,” she explains. “Women today, unfortunately, are sometimes still being told to run or workout less during pregnancy. I want women to know what is possible.”
In 2018, Jayme made an impressive return by competing in the High Cliff Half Iron distance (1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1mi run) triathlon in Appleton, WI, and WON! She was the only female to go sub-5 hours (4:59:22).