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Taking the Show on the Road
Running has always been part of my life. In high school, I joined the track and cross country teams. I played rugby in college and ran on my own throughout. I began running more seriously, including racing, after graduation. The year I graduated college I ran my first marathon, and then another, and another. Seven marathons later I was getting a little burned out. Running was still my passion, but I needed to add in something else to break it up a bit. That’s when my husband got me back on a bike. It made me feel like a kid again!
Photo by: James Wood
Go big or go home, right? I guess that was my thought when I decided that the first time I’d travel for duathlon would be for the World Championships. The Apple duathlon in Minnesota was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the qualifying races for the World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. That meant I didn’t need to travel to qualify. I qualified and competed in Ottawa at the World Championships, where I took 13th female overall. I also raced in 12 other duathlons last year, including a trip to the National Championships in Tucson, Arizona, where I took first female overall. 2013 was an incredible year of racing for me. The National Championship was the last race of my season and I came home over the moon. I was addicted before, but now I can’t decide which it is; travel to race, or race to travel?
This year has been a bit challenging. I was injured not long after returning from Tucson. This made the decision to not travel this year a fairly easy one. I was fighting injury most of the winter and have been focusing on getting back ever since. It has been a balancing act between healing, training and racing but it doesn’t take away from the draw of the sport. I love racing, not just for the challenge, but for all the amazing people you meet.
St. Paul, Minnesota, will host the 2014 Duathlon National Championships this summer, and I could not be more excited to race the National Championships in my home state! I hope to hit the road again next year for the World Championships in Australia. Along with my fellow Minnesota duathletes, I can't wait to welcome everyone to our state for what will surely be a great race.
For more info or to register for the race, visit the 2014 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships event page. Registration closes on July 11 at 11:59 p.m. MT.