Erika Erickson was introduced to triathlon in 2010, when she began racing and training with the University of California – Berkeley collegiate triathlon team. She was previously an NCAA Division III athlete competing in Cross Country, Swimming, and Track at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has raced everything from super-sprints to half-iron distance triathlons, with a main focus on mastering a successful season of half-ironman races in the pro field. Erika’s early amateur career was highlighted with a win at the ITU Age-Group World Championship (W25-29 Beijing 2011). She has also had a very successful record at the USAT Collegiate National Championships, with back-to-back overall champion titles in 2013 and 2014 for the combined results of the draft-legal sprint and the non-drafting olympic races.
Currently finishing a PhD program in Plant Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley, Erika will be focusing on recovering from a major knee surgery and finally graduating! She is hoping to use her recovery as a chance to focus on technique, the fundamentals of each discipline, and strength to make a strong comeback in the fall of 2015.
|Hometown: Colby, KSCurrently residing in: Berkeley, CAEducation: S.B. BioEngineering & S.B. Biology – MIT (2008); M.Eng BioEngineering – MIT (2009); PhD Plant Biology – UC Berkeley (2015? Fingers crossed)Athletic background: Div III Cross Country, Track, and Swimming – MIT; Cal Triathlon Team; FFT Triathlon Team
2015 Season goals: Recover from major knee surgery
Favorite workout: Pain Train
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Coffee
|What/who inspires you? “We never know how high we are, until we are called to rise.” – Emily DickinsonWhy do you race triathlon? – While I’m training and racing is when I feel most alive – facing my limits and pushing them, the overwhelming sense of peace and exhilaration in losing myself to movement, relishing the bittersweet quality of the process.What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Self confidence
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Stubbornness
Shout out to: my little sister, Lizard – who understands me better than anyone in world, including myself
Hobbies: baking, an insatiable reading habit, random acts of kindness, learning new things