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Your Name: Jenn Edwards
Your Age Group: W40-44
City, State, Country: Black Diamond, WA
Your Local Tri Team: Raise the Bar
Years of Triathlon: 6
What is Your Team Endurance Nation Age? Year 4
What EN Category Are You? Veteran (multiple years racing!)
What Do You Do in the Real World? Manage People AKA Herd Cats 😉
Your Athletic History Pre-Triathlon:
Prior to triathlon I played ice hockey with my husband and dabbled in a few other recreational activities including in running, soccer, hiking and the like. I started a significant weight loss journey in 2006 when I took a “Tri-It” class with a friend. I wrote about that journey in detail here: http://jennifermaeedwards.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-story-rest-is-still-unwritten.html.
Fast forward to 2010 and I was lining up for my first Ironman Canada on the classic Penticton course!
Why Did You Choose Endurance Nation?
I chose Endurance Nation because the philosophy of working hard and smart within defined metrics resonates with my personality. I enjoy data and learning and Endurance Nation works with very specific pace and power guidelines. Additionally, I appreciate the camaraderie of a team without needing to physically train with teammates. The virtual support and acumen of the team is overwhelming and has been criticial to my success!
Your Results with Endurance Nation:
Since joining Endurance Nation I have progressed from my first Ironman finish in 2010 at 13:10 to a breakthrough year in 2014. In 2014 finished Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 9th with a time of 11:27 and followed that up with a finish four weeks later in Canada that earned a 4th place podium.
What do you tell folks when they ask you about Endurance Nation?
I feel the most important thing to share about Endurance Nation is that is really is a community and a team in every sense. The support from teammates and knowledge you desire is right at your fingertips, you just need to ask.
What race(s) are you targeting next?
I am targeting Ironman Canada and Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2015.
** Fun Questions **
If you could invent any piece of triathlon gear, what would it be?
Something that ensures chafe never happens, anywhere or anytime… 😉
What is the one piece of triathlon gear you swore you’d never get that you now use?
An aero helmet – how nerdy!
What’s Your Tri Food Preference — Liquid/Gel or Solid/Bar?
Liquid / Gel