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Mónica Fernández, better known as Toti Fernández (born in Guatemala City on March 18, 1968) is a triathlete and ultramarathon runner, lecturer, author, entrepreneur and mother. She won the 2000 and 2001 Ultraman events.
|Native name||Mónica Fernández Robles|
|Born||18 de marzo de 1968|
|Sport||Triatlón y Ultramaratón|
|Updated on 17 August 2016.|
Birth and childhoodEdit
Toti Fernández was born in Guatemala City on March 18, 1968, the youngest of 6 siblings. When she was only ten years old, both her parents died of lung cancer: first her mother, and eight months later, her father.
Toti’s life changed drastically when she had to move to Mexico City to live with her father’s sister, who became her tutor. Having to live in 17 different houses and invaded by rebelliousness, she started smoking when she was only 16 and became a heavy smoker of two packs a day. At age 22, she took up swimming to counter for the harmful effects of tobacco and quit smoking when she found her true passion: triathlon.
After participating in several triathlon races, both sprint and Olympic, Toti participated in her first Ironman, becoming the first Guatemalan female to finish this race (Hawaii, 1997).
Seeking further challenges and longer distances, Toti registered for an Ultraman competition, a three-day triathlon that circles the island of Kona, the largest island in Hawaii. After becoming a two-time Ultraman world champion in 2000 y 2001, Toti decided to train for ultra marathons.
She has participated in three of the ten toughest races in the world, as classified by National Geographic: the Marathon des Sables, Badwater and Furnace Creek 508, now called Silver State 508.
Toti was the second placed woman and twelfth overall at the Death Valley Cup, a double race consisting of Badwater and Furnace Creek 508 during the same calendar year.
Toti is presently living in Guatemala City with her two sons. Founder and teacher of Baby Survival Swim, a swimming school that trains children and babies to survive in case they accidentally fall into a body of water, by now she can account for several testimonies of survival. Toti also specializes in teaching technique and style to children ages four and older, and teaches adults as well.
She is the author of the autobiographic book "210,000 kilómetros" (130,000 Miles), in which she narrates her own experience in three of top ten toughest competitions in the world according to National Geographic, sharing with the reader not only her sports career but also the most difficult moments and challenges of her personal life. The purpose of the book is to share her experiences, both the good and the bad, and to motivate her readers to pursue their dreams by turning dreams into goals. Her motto is: “In life, when facing an obstacle, one can decide to be a victim or a warrior. I chose to be a warrior.” She also narrates how Baby Survival Swim originated and how she went about to make it happen, in spite of obstacles and hardship.
Presently, Toti gives talks and lectures on leadership, teamwork, motivation, crisis and conflict management, planning and strategy, change, and facing our fears. She wants to influence on change, motivating others to pursue their dreams and turn them into goals. “If we all become better versions of ourselves, this will have an impact on our community, on society and on the world at large”.
|Death Valley Cup||Second Woman||United States||2008|
|Furnace Creek 508, 819 km of cycling non-stop||Second||United States||2008|
|Badwater Ultramarathon, 217 km non-stop||Seventh||United States||2008|
|Ironman Western Australia||Second||Australia||2007|
|Marathon Des Sables||Seventh||Morocco||2003|
|Leadville Ultramarathon||Seventh||United States||2002|
|Marathon Des Sables||Tenth||Morocco||2002|
|World-wide Ultraman World Championship||First||United States||2001|
|World-wide Ultraman World Championship||First||United States||2000|
|Ironman Lake Placid||United States||2000|
|World-wide Ironman World Championship||United States||1998|
|Quelle Ironman Roth||Germany||1998|
|World-wide Ironman World Championship||United States||1997|
|Triathlon National Champion in olympic distance||Guatemala||1995|
|First Sprint Triathlon||Guatemala||1991|
Fernández, Mónica Toti (2015). 130,000 Miles. Autobiografía.
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