The story of TriMom217, NOT the Reader's Digest version
I've been doing triathlons since 1999. I started running, which lead to marathons, which lead to an incredible amount of boredom. Cross-training and triathlon go hand in hand and I was instantly hooked. A friend that I was training with suggested that I get a personalized plate for my car, TRIMOM. So I contacted the RMV only to find out that the plate was taken
Fast forward a few years later, I'm at a race in NY, Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks, and I see a white Suburban with a MA plate that reads, yes you know it: TRIMOM. So we're talking and I find out she lives about half a mile away from me. She invites me to train with her and a group that swim at our local lake in the summer. Lucky for me, I check the race results and find out that she races as an Elite! No way I can hang/train with her group of friends!
About the same time I log onto a few triathlon forums, first trinewbies.com (TNO) then slowtwitch.com (ST) and then beginnertriathlete.com (BT, has an AWESOME log feature). WOuldn't you know, the screen name trimom is taken at the first one I got to, so I added the 217 to 'personalize' it a bit. My DOB is 2-17 and I use trimom217 for my email address as well, telling my kids they have no excuse to ever forget my birthday!
So that's my long-winded way of saying I needed something other than a random computer-generated number after trimom.