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Heather Leiggi

Heather Leiggi

Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Personal Blog: www.heatherleiggi.com

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Heather-Leiggi/227913350570917

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

Career Highlights:

Rhode Island 70.2 2011 - 3RD OA
Florida 70.3 2011 - 3RD OA
Syracuse 70.3 2010 - 5TH OA
Eagleman 70.3 2010 - 6TH OA
SheRox Women's Triathlon 2010 - 1st OA

Personal Bio:

I started running when I was 10 years old after my dad entered me in the 1500m and 800m track events at the Keystone State Games. I remember going out after school and training with my dad. I went on to run at Bucknell University as a middle distance runner trying my best to avoid any races over than 1500m (other than during cross-country season). After college, I took a break, stopped training, and just basically got lazy. I soon realized how much I missed running and competing though and, I don’t know how (I think maybe my dad suggested it), I stumbled across a triathlon and decided to enter it. I knew I'd be fine with the biking and running but swimming? Yikes! I really could barely swim and even after months of trying to learn, I could still barely make it through a few laps. I did survive my first race, despite the totally embarrassing swim, and actually really enjoyed myself. I’ve come a long way!

5 things we should know about you:

I work as a physical therapist
I am a huge hockey fan-Go Flyers!
I have dual citizenship-I am Canadian and American
I love all outdoor activities
I make my own beer (with the help of my husband!)

How did you first get into triathlons?

I was a D1 college runner and started racing triathlon to stay competitive and fell in love with the sport.

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

Some small race in Harrisburg, PA. I actually can't remember where I finished but I'm pretty sure I was close to last out of the water!

What is your favorite race?

Cape Henlopen Triathlon- a fun sprint triathlon at the Delaware shore

What is your favorite workout?

Killer bike intervals on the Computrainer!

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

The Zoot travel bag-big enough to get all my triathlon gear in and lots of pockets to keep everything organized
My Zoot sneakers-super comfortable and lots of fun colors always draw compliments!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Turning pro!

What motivates you?

Trying to be the best I can be

What is your pre-race meal?

Pasta with chicken-the standard athlete meal

What is your pre-race ritual?

Sleeping in as long as possible...

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Be faster than last year :)

Events you are racing in this season:

Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island (July 10), Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (August 14), Ironman World Championship 70.3- Las Vegas (September 11), Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami (October 30), Ford Ironman Arizona (November 20)

Cape Henlopen Triathlon