Kristin came into the sport of triathlon as a runner, competing for the Dartmouth College Cross Country and Track and Field teams from 1999-2003. In her senior year, she qualified for and was a finalist in the 5000 meter event at the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After graduation she signed up for a local sprint triathlon and loved it, despite having no open water swimming experience, wearing a surfing wetsuit for the swim, and riding her Dad’s 1980 steel frame bike.
Chronic injuries sidelined her from competition for four years, but in 2009, she was able to build up to training seriously for triathlon. After winning amateur titles in several races in 2009 and 2010, including setting the amateur course record at Ironman Lake Placid (her first IM), and finishing 3rd in her age group at Kona, she decided to get her PRO card for the 2011 season. Her PRO highlights have included wins at the Savageman Triathlon (2012, 2014), Iron Girl Rocky Gap (2013), and Iron Girl Columbia (2011); 2nd at Racine 70.3 (2011); 3rd at Eagleman 70.3 (2012); 4th at Ironman Lake Placid (2013, 2014); 4th at Columbia Triathlon (2011); 5th at Ironman Cozumel (2012);
Now 5th season as a pro, Kristin is looking forward to racing some of the Challenge series races in 2015 (next up is Challenge Wanaka in February).
|Hometown: Sag Harbor, NY
Currently residing in: Bethesda, MD
Education: B.S. in Economics, Dartmouth College ‘03; MPH in Health Policy, Emory University ‘05
Athletic background: Cross Country and Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field at Dartmouth College and High School
Triathlon career highlights: PRO highlights: Savageman Champion (2012, 2014); Iron Girl Rocky Gap champion (2013); Iron Girl Columbia champion (2011); 2nd PRO at Racine 70.3 (2011); 3rd PRO at Eagleman 70.3 (2012); 4th PRO at Ironman Lake Placid (2013, 2014); 4th at Columbia Triathlon (2011); 5th PRO at Ironman Cozumel (2012);
Amateur highlights: Amateur champion and amateur course record holder, Ironman Lake Placid 2010; Amateur champion at: Eagleman Ironman 70.3 (2010); Columbia Triathlon (2010); Longhorn Ironmman 70.3 (2009); 9th Amateur Ironman 70.3 World Championship (2009).
Season goals: Win an iron-distance event
Favorite workout: Track workouts and trail runs
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Hitting snooze 4-5 times
|What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? Find solid training partners or a group- not only will the camaraderie push you and motivate you, but you’ll pick up valuable training and racing advice from others who are more experienced.
Why do you race triathlon? Triathlon training makes me more energized and happier in my daily life, has brought some long-lasting friendships, and gives me the opportunity to fully use the abilities God has given me.
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? The swim!
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Fueling during Iron-distance races and not fading over long distances.
Shout out to: My two favorite training partners- my husband, Christopher, and Sierra, our Australian Shepherd
Hobbies: All-season vegetable gardening, cooking (especially with garden veggies), travel, the outdoors, DIY projects