About Me




Every day is a new adventure...

XTERRA Triathlete 
Mountain Biker
In the past Professional Table Tennis Player

Like every amateur athlete, my goals are unattainable without the financial support of individuals and businesses interested in helping inspiring athletes. If you are interested in sponsoring me and would like to help me reach my goals, please send me a message at Beata@BeataWronska.com

Bikes

2014 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper WC "Sub Zero" 29er
2014 Specialized S-Works Epic WC "Sonia" 29er
2015 Specialized Shiv Pro Race Tri "Stealth B2"

Love them all! And "Yes" my bikes have names!

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Email me at Beata@BeataWronska.com



Friends call me "B" because who in the world would know how to pronounce polish name Beata!
I am completely fine with that. :-)

I am also known to my close friends as a "Snow White" since all wild creatures seems to gravitate toward me and their affection is being happily returned.

Simply, I love Nature and Peace and Quiet...
I could spend a lifetime just observing universe revolving around itself.
Looking at little butterflies flying around in a hurry, admiring giant clouds pushing their puffed up bodies through the sky, and watching my flowers grow and dance in the wind.
It just never gets old and day is never long enough. There is always something unusual and beautiful happening right there and right now. Wish sunsets would last for hours and sun never went away...
I love life and feeling of being alive brought to its most basic simplicity.
Being covered with dirt and drenched by the rain, feeling burning in the whole body and hearing your own heart racing and still keep on going when you think you can't anymore...


Biography

I was born in Gdansk, Poland for me still the most beautiful city… It’s green, smart and holds a lot of history. Simply it is great place for active mind and body. My dad at the time was a very promising local soccer player and I was always very proud of him. As a little girl I would attend his games and run around the field and be carried on piggy back while going to the next game.

I was always an active soul and like rest of the kids at that time spent a lot of time playing outside. I remember vividly one moment when at around age 6 I was climbing the fence and was about to get to the other side when the old man walking by stopped me in my track. My little self, hanging up in the air while he said: “little girl, one day you will be an athlete!”  I looked at him quickly and traversed to the other side when he walked away; not making much of it at the time…

But my real sport adventure started when I decided to start playing table tennis when I was only 9.5 half. Weirdly I had this feeling that I wanted to do something more than just play on the playground with the kids. After few months I moved to professional club; thanks to my mom who read in newspaper about the best table tennis player in the polish history Andrzej Grubba who trained just few short miles away from us.

The club AZS AWF Gdansk did become my home away from home. My coach stated for me little all girls team since I was the only girl playing at the time. We moved up from playing in the local leagues and tournaments to becoming the top 3 women’s team in the country. At age 13 I won two National Championships and still remember how proud I was and I run to the phone booth to call home and ask if my parents read about it yet in the newspaper. I played in first league and extra class for my entire carrier. This sport did become my life and my soul. Because of it I was fortunate to travel a lot around the country and Europe. I attended schools with Olympic profile and finished Academy of Physical Education. However when in my final year in college everything fell apart and the club stopped supporting my team. It was crushing since we dedicated our lives to it and loved it deeply.

I continued my education and also started studying Molecular Biology. It opened up my mind and allowed me to find other avenues for myself besides the only thing I knew for most of my life.

This is when I discovered art, photography, astronomy, and theoretical physics. I was really captured by science. The opportunity to visit US comes about and I was eager to study English here. This is where I met my future husband Pax. I got back here to my table tennis and we spent many years traveling US and training. I managed to become top female player in Florida State and top 16 in the country. I placed second with my team in collegiate championships and 2nd in US Open and managed to medal in numerous national tournaments. And this is where I injured my foot and was not able to play for almost a year. It was the second most difficult time for me after my polish team falling apart and once again I had to reevaluate my life. I started searching my soul on what mattered for me and what different things I always wanted to do or try at least in life but never had time before.

I started to search for local races first for run races thinking one day I wanted to do half marathon for the start but after my foot got better this is where my knees gave up after the miles I spent on the pavement trying to get ready for the event. It didn’t work and next thing on the list was a triathlon.

Only problem was I had only heavy 35 pound mountain bike and could not picture myself doing a road triathlon on it. I had no clue about the sport I just knew I really wanted to do it just once.

During my search I stumbled on something that was called Xterra triathlon where everything is done off road and on the mountain bike. This is where my heart just melted and I was full of excitement and announced to my husband I was going to do the race. It was a local Xterra Miami and I had around two months to get ready. We started driving down to Miami every weekend so I can really learn how to ride on those technical trails. It was not easy and every time we would come home all bruised up and my husband would tell me that I should forget about it and that I shouldn’t do it. I insisted and told him to give a more time. Each time I biked the better I got and loved it even more. I had to learn everything on my own and it was a long process. But I finally did my race and it was the toughest and most amazing experience I can think of. I loved every second of it and had smile on my face throughout the whole event. I placed 2nd in my age group and I was completely in love.

Since then I raced in Miami each year and discovered local bike racing. Those sports complemented each other and strongly captivated me. After my second bike race however I was so hungry for my improvement that during my practice on my husband’s birthday I crashed and broke my both arms.

I didn’t know if I will ever bike again. I never got hurt before like this in my entire life. It was a long road to recovery and getting back on the bike. It was tough physically and mentally. But I was stubborn. And few days after breaking both arms in the elbows I was in the pool trying to swim (kind of like a little tadpole since I couldn’t bend my arms) and was going to community club house and getting on the lounge bike trainer and imagining myself racing. I was just a beginner but I wanted to race so much.

In little less than a year I was back on the track racing. My arms were weak and confidence was not there yet but I was happy to be back. This is where everything took off and I decided to race whole Florida State Series and be competitive full time with other ladies. My skills improved and I rode this way for three years in Beginner class, Sport and then Expert. I attended in numerous Cross Country races including Mountain Biking Nationals where i placed 8th in Cat1. I also competed in and got top places six, eight and 12 hours solo Endurance bike races and team Endurance races. What an experience.

During this time I also decided to move from sprint triathlon to the full Olympic distance and instantly started having a great success. The 2012 was my first year of full Xterra racing and this is where I placed 4th in Alabama in Cross Triathlon World Championship and I qualified for World championships in Xterra in Maui, Hi. I didn’t think long about it since it was my dream for so long and I went to Maui and placed 9th in my age group.

Currently I’m in my third year of Xterra and fourth of Mountain Biking.
So far I’m having great success and am looking forward to see what the future might bring…

Quotes:

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is an opinion.
- Democritus

Things are only impossible until they are not.
- Jean-Luc Picard

Gdziekolwiek ziemia jest snem nie przebudzonym jeszcze,
uwierzyć trzeba w kształt i kochać senny pozór,
na wietrze budować mgłę i wpół nie urywać snu.
Gdziekolwiek ziemia jest snem, tam trzeba dośnić do końca.
- Tadeusz Borowski

Whenever earth is a dream not awaken yet,
you must believe in shape and love sleepy mirage,
build the fog on the wind and don’t break dream in half.
Whenever earth is a dream, you must dream to the end.
- Translation in English

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is - to live dangerously.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The higher a man gets, the smaller he seems to those who cannot fly.
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900), Thus Spoke Zarathustra

The most important in this life, is not to know where one is,
but where one is going
- Goethe

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
- Blaise Pascal

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

To perceive is to suffer.
- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
- Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge...
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing
- Albert Einstein

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
- Albert Einstein

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
- George S. Patton, General (1885-1945)

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)

Nature herself makes the wise man rich.
- Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

Have no fear of perfection -- you will never reach it.
- Cicero

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

To find yourself, think for yourself.
- Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC), The Apology

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.
- Blaise Pascal


Beata D. Wronska

Beata D. Wronska

Few Quotes below thanks to my great friend Dianne:

Live your heart's passion.
Do whatever it is that excites your inner light and passion.
Live exuberantly with purpose and excitement.
Truly make your daily life an adventure.
- H.L Bolduc

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare.
It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
- Seneca

To be who you are and become what you are capable of is the only goal worth living.
- A. Ailey

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it,
even if I do not have it at the beginning.
- M. Gandi

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance.
The wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Oppenheimer

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough.
You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and join the energy that created the world.

Happiness is a habit - cultivate it.
- E. Hubbarad

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
- E. Roosevelt

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

 Live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!

- Christian D. Larson


Other Quotes:

Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail.
You've never lived 'til you've almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
I can only be as good as I can be and when I cross the line I will see where it got me…

Thoughts become things, and what we think affects the way we feel. And the way we feel affects the way we perform.


No-one told us who we were.
No-one told us we should do this.
No-one told us it would be easy.
Someone said we are our dreams, that if we don’t dream, we are no longer alive.
Our steps follow our instinct and take us into the unknown.
We no longer see the obstacles behind us, but look forward the ones ahead.
It’s not about being the fastest, the strongest or the biggest…It’s about being ourselves.
We are not just runners, mountaineers or skiers…or even athletes…we are people.
We don’t know if we’ll find it, but we’re going in search of happiness.
What is it we’re looking for? To be alive?
- Kilian Jornet – Summits of my life


"The starting point of all achievement is desire."
- Napoleon Hill

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"  
- Dr. Seuss

Your future begins with your next thought…
- Bryant Mcgill


1 comment:

  1. What an inspiration you are! I am so glad our paths crossed!!! I will be following your success! Keep up the great work!
    -Gerrianne

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