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Charisa Wernick

Charisa Wernick

Hometown: Chicago

Residence: Carlsbad, CA

Personal Blog: http://charisawernick.blogspot.com/

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/charisa.wernick

Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/#!/charisawernick

Career Highlights:

6th Escape from Alcatraz
5th Ironman Wisconsin
7th Ironman Lake Placid & Cozumel

Personal Bio:

I started out in gymnastics, but have always loved running. Once I discovered that a bicycle could be used for more than transportation, triathlon just made a lot of sense. And what a fun sport! I only occasionally blame my parents for not putting me on the swim team when I was young...

5 things we should know about you:

I like garden gnomes.
My friends are what make triathlon amazing.
I like to laugh.
I work very hard.
I love life.

How did you first get into triathlons?

My Dad decided we should race the Chicago (hometown) triathlon. I wore soccer shorts and spent about 10 minutes looking for my bike in transition (those things are big when filled with bikes!!!) It was a blast. We still race together to this day.

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

Chicago Triathlon. I don't think I ever even looked up my finishing place, but I was not first and I was not last.

What is your favorite race?

Escape from Alcatraz or Wildflower. Lots of dirt, hills and a solid, hard course. Buffalo Springs 70.3 ranks right up there as well.

What is your favorite workout?

Either 20 minute intervals on the bike or mile repeats on the track.

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

Ultra Kalani shoes - they are feather light, but have all the cushioning I need. I feel like I am floating when I run in them. I actually sometimes specially save them for extra hard workouts because I think they have secret run-fast powers! And now my secret is out....

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Living life with no regrets and balancing life with triathlon.

What motivates you?

Challenged athletes, cancer survivors, people who overcome adversity and don't give up when it would have been so easy to just have a big pity party for themselves.

What is your pre-race meal?

Oatmeal and a banana.

What is your pre-race ritual?

I do a little dance in an Austin Powers outfit. Seriously?! I usually get to transition much earlier than required and then wander around wishing the race would start already and hoping I didn't forget [insert any triathlon item here].

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

ZipVit gels

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Get myself onto that podium!

Events you are racing in this season:

Ironman 70.3 Vineman (July 17), Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (August 14), Ironman 70.3 Ireland (September 4), Ford Ironman Arizona (November 20)

Challenge Henley Full Triathlon (outside London) - Sept 18
NY City Triathlon - Aug 7