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Dana Riederer

Dana Riederer

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Residence: Chicago

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1266048722

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

Career Highlights:

2009 Ironman Muskoka 70.3, 3rd Amateur Overall, 3rd 25-29 (4:36:34)
2009 St. Jude's Memphis Marathon, 12th Overall (2:42:56)
2010 Ironman Muskoka 70.3, 1st Amateur Overall (4:28:59)
2011 Ironman Kansas 70.3, 5th Amateur Overall,1st 30-34 (4:16:33)
2011 Pleasant Prairie Triathlon, 3rd Overall (1:59:01)

Personal Bio:

What is your favorite workout?

A track session my coach has named the "Hammer". It consists of a long set of anywhere from 10-30 400's followed by a 200m recovery jog. Depending on the time of year the workout is performed, every 3rd or 4th 400 is a "hammer" where the pace is dropped down anywhere from 5-10 seconds faster than the rest of the 400s are performed at. Even though you easily complete 6+ miles on the track, the effort intensity is high and it keeps the time moving nicely.

5 things we should know about you:

1) I love to clean, or rather love things when they are clean and orderly
2) I wanted to be a storm chaser throughout my childhood
3) I've never liked cartoons a day in my life
4) Will eat almost any brand/flavor energy bar, even those that are expired!
5) Hate answering the question, "how can you spend your whole working out?"

How did you first get into triathlons?

A friend from high school and college had done a triathlon the summer before and suggested I give it a shot. At that point I didn't have anything else to really push myself physically so it seemed like a good idea. Thanks Jason!

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

The first triathlon I ever participated in was the 2001 Lake Mills Triathlon consisting of a 400m swim, a 16 mile bike, and a 5K run. My total time was 1:12:39, good for 74th place. Although the swim portion of the race was an absolute disaster, the rest of the race went pretty well and from there on I decided to drop golf as my hobby of choice.

What is your favorite race?

There are several races I've done that rank up towards the top but I always come back to Ironman Muskoka 70.3. It's a tough course, the scenery is absolutely beautiful, and I really like the small-town environment surrounding the event despite the fact that in years past it has drawn some of triathlon's biggest stars.

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

The COMPRESSRX line of recovery gear. I wore the tights for nearly 12 hours after Kansas 70.3 this year (8 of which were in a car) and I had absolutely no soreness in my legs at all the following day.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being able to get out of bed shortly after 5 a.m. most mornings from March until the end of October.

What motivates you?

Besides myself, the approval of my father

What is your pre-race meal?

Anything I eat on a regular basis. I don't really have a special meal per se.

What is your pre-race ritual?

I always shave my legs the morning of the race and I drink apple juice leading up to the race start.

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

Ear plugs

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Improve on my results from 2011 and specifically to break 9:45 at Rev3 Cedar Point this September.

Any other information you would like included on your page:

Best of luck to all the Zoot Sports athletes and a special thank you to all the sponsors of the Zoot Ultra Team, they are the best!

Events you are racing in this season:

Ironman 70.3 Muncle (July 9), Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (August 14)

Rev3 Cedar Point (September 11)