Jen was so excited and overwhelmed at her first triathlon that she stopped 20 feet short of the finish line and threw up, but she didn’t quit and she’s been at it ever since.
The Illinois native decided to head north for school and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Athletic Training.
Overcoming her fear of water was one of the main reasons she signed up for her first triathlon. Her friend had talked about doing one, but she couldn’t swim and didn’t own a bike. Although she was terrified at the start, she finished - after throwing up, and fell in love. It’s been 12 years and she’s only taken short hiatuses to have children.
She chokes down some scrambled eggs and a banana pre-race, morning meals are not her favorite so it is a struggle to eat before a race.
Living in the Midwest she has a short peak season for training. The winters make it nearly impossible to cycle, impossible to swim outside, and the threat of slipping on ice make running outdoors less than enjoyable. Her ideal time is during the summer and fall. Once the spring wind has died down she can enjoy a bike ride with her training partner, husband, or friends.