My name is Ginger Spansel and I've been a competitive triathlete since 1985. I've always been involved in some type of athletics. My Mom and Dad taught my sister and me how to swim when we were about 3 years old. Dad swam on a swim team when he was younger and I've seen our home movies of me trying to imitate him swimming backstroke in our pool in California when I was little. My parents were awesome, they let us try anything we wanted and were never disappointed if we changed our minds and decided to try something else. So I took a little ballet, some tumbling and learned to play the guitar.
I was on the team for three years and decided not to try out in high school and instead joined the Ocean Springs YMCA Swim Team. What a great decision that turned out to be. I swam for two years and even made it to the State swim meet.
|Ocean Springs YMCA Sea Serpents|
I entered my first 5K in 1984 - The Sawmill Square Classic in Laurel, MS. I finished the race and went home to change to get ready for work. I had no idea if I ran well or not until the store manager called me into his office to give me the medal that he'd picked up for me at the awards ceremony!
|First Tri - The Magnolia Triathlon|