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Adam Jensen

Adam Jensen

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Residence: Missoula, MT

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Jensen/750684564

Career Highlights:

Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2011 - 5th
Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2007 - 7th
Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2010 - 9th
Lake Stevens 70.3 2009 - 10th
Grizzly Triathlon 2011 - 1st

Personal Bio: I'm from Great Falls, MT. I grew up golfing, hiking and skiing. My senior year of high school, I decided I'd had enough of golf and started running. When I attended the University of Montana in 2003, I joined the UM triathlon team to meet people, even though I did not know how to swim. I met some great people, most of whom I'm still good friends with today, got sucked into triathlon and am now racing as a pro. From there I moved to Seattle for dental school. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2010, and now work as a dentist with the low income population at a community health clinic in Missoula, MT, pulling a bunch of teeth and pursuing triathlon any spare minute I have. When I'm not working and training, I'm most likely mountain biking and back packing in the summer, and telemark and nordic skiing in the winter.

5 things we should know about you:

I eat more ice cream than anyone, period.
I did not have front teeth for 4 years.
Now I'm a dentist and pull people's teeth out for a living.
I have many nicknames, but won't tell you that easily.
I live in the center of the universe (Missoula, MT).

How did you first get into triathlons?

I joined the University of Montana triathlon team simply to meet friends. I never thought I'd be racing Ironmans as a pro.

What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?

During my first race, the Grizzly Triathlon, in Missoula, MT, I hit a volunteer on my bike and sent her to the hospital. Not a good start into triathlon. After racing the Grizzly Triathlon 8 years in a row, with many 2nd's and 3rd's, I finally won it this year.

What is your favorite race?

Ironman Coeur d'Alene and the Grizzly Triathlon

What is your favorite workout?

Running up Mount Sentinel, 2000 ft in 1.75 miles.

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

I love the Prophet wetsuit, it's the fastest wetsuit I've ever experienced. I also love the Zoot Kalani's to train with, and the Zoot Ultra Race 3.0 to race in. And the recovery sandals are amazing afterwords as well.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Graduating dental school, passing boards and finishing 9th in Ironman CDA in the same month.

What motivates you?

Not sure, I think we're all messed up in the head to do this sport.

What is your pre-race meal?

Peanut sauce pasta with chicken and a big salad.

What is your pre-race ritual?

Wake up at 4am, eat, go back to sleep until 5am, go to the bathroom, get to T1 by 6am, go to the bathroom again, eat a gel at 6:45, and race at 7am.

What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?

Rubber bands

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Top 5 at IM CDA
Top 3 at IM Wisconsin
Run a 3:00 marathon in an IM.

Events you are racing in this season:

Viterra Ironman 70.3 Calgary (July 31), Ford Ironman Wisconsin (September 11)

Bitterroot Triathlon
Coeur d'Alene Olympic Triathlon