This lawyer, loving mother, and lifetime athlete - hopes to complete 100 triathlons before 60 and she’s well on her way.
Her husband thinks it’s weird but she was a member of a synchronized swim team at Teddy Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. She was also a competitive swimmer, captain of the golf team, standout soccer player, member of the church volleyball team - all in all she loves to work out.
Her first triathlon was between junior and senior year of college when she was a camp counselor in Minnesota. She raced using a mountain bike but was very disturbed at the number of bikers that passed her. The next year she raced her second tri and won her age group.
After taking 10 years off from her first triathlon for kids, marriage and life; Sarah got back in the races in 2007 and competed again. She hadn’t swum in open water in over a decade, a storm was brewing, and she needed a wet suit. She opted to get a cheap one, two sizes too big, and breast stroked the entire swim.
Her pre-race concoction has a mouthful of ingredients. Blueberries, mango, fresh rhubarb - from her garden, banana, Greek yogurt, protein powder, cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, and orange juice. Follow that with a Grande non-fat latte and she is out the door and ready to race.
She is the first person to have answered that the swim is her best event. Although being a high school swimmer you would sort of expect it.
She had a tortoise and the hare moment at the Longhorn 70.3 when she came out way ahead of “schedule” after the swim and bike. She didn’t want to disappoint her family that had come to watch but she contemplated taking a nap on the trail.
Being a Des Moines native - Sarah is proud that her hometown is able to host a World Class event. She loves that she has a chance to see professionals race and show her how “it’s really done.” She is also not about to let the out-of-towners take her podium spot, so watch out.