Hometown: Spokane, WA
Residence: Spokane, WA
Personal Blog: haleycooper.blogspot.com
3rd place Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2011
4th place Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2009,2010
4th place Ironman Canada 2009
8th place ITU Long Course World Championships 2010
6th place Wildflower Long Course 2009,2010
5 things we should know about you:
I like frogs and salamanders and pretty much all animals except for lampreys and some eels.
I am a full time physical therapy student.
I have 3 cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon named Carl.
I am obsessed with my vegetable garden.
I have no hidden talents. Not even double jointed thumbs.
How did you first get into triathlons?
It was a natural progression. I ran a lot playing soccer through college and then I took to running. Then I tore my ACL and learned to swim and ride a bike for rehab. After that I moved to New Zealand where triathlon is commonplace and I quickly embraced the lifestyle.
What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?
My first race was the "Blokefree" all women's triathlon in Dunedin, New Zealand. I backstroked the swim and was in 3rd place on the bike when I flatted. I didn't have any spares with me, so I waited for the sag wagon after everyone had passed. They let me borrow the wheel from a bike that they were to give away after the race so that I could finish. I think I ended up 3rd to last, but I ended up winning the bike as a spot prize afterwards, which convinced me to take up the sport in earnest.
What is your favorite race?
Ironman Coeur d'Alene. It's my hometown race and I love everything about it.
What is your favorite workout?
Or a two hour run at a good clip.
What are your favorite Zoot products and why?
The ultra tri shorts have been part of my wardrobe since my very first triathlon. It's all about having a good chamois and a perfect fit.
This summer I have fallen in love with the dash tank. It's lightweight and flattering.
The Ultra CompressRx Recovery Tights are essential to surviving long days at work and school and Ironman training.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Having fantastic friends and family and being a somewhat balanced individual.
What motivates you?
People who are faster than me.
What is your pre-race meal?
Good sushi is my favorite pre-race meal, but I'm really not too picky so long as it's vegetarian.
What is your pre-race ritual?
I should probably come up with one. It would start with having a list of things I need to pack and showing up on time. I'm still working on that. . .
What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?
I have forgotten and discovered that I can live without:
a left running shoe
rubberbands (perpetually forgotten)
I would, however, hate to go without BodyGlide.
What are your goals for the 2011 season?
An Ironman PR is always the goal. I moved up a position in Ironman Coeur d'Alene this year, but I was nearly 15 minutes slower than last year. That simply won't do.
Honestly though, I want to continue finding joy in the training and racing.
Events you are racing in this season:
Viterra Ironman 70.3 Calgary (July 31), Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (August 14), Subaru Ironman Canada (August 28), Ford Ironman Arizona (November 20)