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 5000m 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 several years as she transitioned from pure run training to triathlon training. In 2008 she began competing in triathlons again and in 2009 began to train more intentionally. 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 turn pro for the 2011 season. Her 2011 season highlights include a 2nd place finish at Ironman Racine 70.3, a 5th place finish at Ironman Cozumel, a win at the Columbia Iron Girl triathlon, and a 4th place at the Columbia triathlon. With her first pro season under her belt, she can say it has been the most mentally and physically challenging yet but also the most rewarding and exciting. She is excited to see what the 2012 season has in store
|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: 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: Top AG finish at Kona
Favorite workout: Track workouts and trail runs
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Meeting up with training partners for a workout… otherwise I have no hope of getting up early, ever.
What/who inspires you? A lot of things inspire me; most recently, watching a group of beginner runners complete a 5k while I was riding by on my bike; seeing how painful and unpleasant running was for them, but sticking with it to achieve a goal even though running isn’t yet at all enjoyable for them as it is for me. Also, athletes that race for reasons and goals other than just personal gain really inspire me!
|What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? The importance of doing the little things… and finding good training partners or a group that will push you and motivate you when needed- makes the workouts much more effective and more fun!
Why do you race triathlon? I love training and especially racing, and the great friends/training partners I’ve met through it!
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Overcoming injuries in 2004-2008 to be able to train and compete in triathlon.
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Especially after overcoming challenges related to injury issues, I truly enjoy racing (and training) and am so excited and thankful for every race no matter what the conditions or race situation. I think really helps with the mental side of racing and motivates me to go out and race to my potential no matter what challenges arise on race day.
Shout out to: My training buddies!
Hobbies: Travelling and climbing mountains, cooking when I have time or eating my awesome roommate’s Korean cooking when I don’t, friends, hot yoga, rolling on my foam roller and trigger point ball, icebaths, fundraising for World Vision through the More Than Sport initiative.