Chi Pham is a UX Designer at Google, a Masters of Public Health candidate at UC Berkeley, and an Ironman triathlete. Chi empowers over 120,000 women to embrace their badass selves through her Instagram account @fit_pham, where she’s been documenting her fitness journey over the years. Chi’s parents fled the Vietnam War and landed in San Diego, where Chi grew up and learned to swim, later swimming competitively all throughout college.
In this episode, we talk about how we both transitioned from our environmental studies roots to working in tech, why racial categories don’t make sense, and how we all go through unhealthy periods of self-hate in our fitness journeys. And of course, we talk about Chi’s insane accomplishments of running Ironman triathlons — the things they don’t teach you in training, how she survived a 10-hour cramp during a race, her favorite post-race snack, and why she keeps going back for more. Wherever you are in your fitness journey, prepare to be inspired!