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Jen Luebke

Jen Luebke
<p><b>Hometown:</b> Missoula, MT</p> <p><b>Residence:</b> Missoula, MT</p> <p><b>Personal Blog:</b></p> <p><b>Personal Facebook Page:</b></p> <p><b>Twitter Account:</b>!/jenluebke</p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b></p> <p>Rev3 Portland Half 2011 ~ 10th ~ 4:39:28<br /> Boise 70.3 2011 ~ 11th ~ 4:43:59<br /> Great White North Half 2010 ~ 5th ~ 4:37:05<br /> Austin 70.3 2010 ~ 14th ~ 4:41:03<br /> Wildflower Olympic 2008 ~ 1st amateur ~ 2:22:29</p> <p><b>Personal Bio:</b></p> <p>I am a 25-year-old professional triathlete, age group swim coach, fitness instructor, mathematician, Spanish speaker, nanny, friend, Masters swim coach, high school tutor, and the list goes on. I have been doing all of this since graduating from the University of Montana in 2008 where most of what I do and love began.</p> <p><b>5 things we should know about you:</b></p> <p>1) I am from a very small town (if that) in the woods where my preschool had an outhouse.<br /> 2) I played volleyball through high school.<br /> 3) I love kids of all ages, hence nannying, tutoring, coaching.<br /> 4) I can eat faster than anyone I know, especially burritos and burgers.<br /> 5) I have a strong distaste for metal on metal noises.</p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>I signed up for a sprint triathlon my senior year of high school. My calculus teacher helped me get ready for the race. Then, while I was at the University of Montana pool training for the race, one of the club triathletes was bumming my swim workout off of me and recruited me to join when I started school. I was re-recruited while playing water polo that fall.</p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>My first race would be a tough one. I started racing in the pool at a very young age. My first triathlon, however, was the Grizzly sprint triathlon in Missoula, MT and I placed nowhere near the top. It took a LONG time to finish the bike on an old, heavy cruiser.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>Wildflower – it’s been all of my best, worst, and first races to date. I won, passed out, and did my first Olympic distance at Lake San Antonio. Those were just the Olympic distance too. I have now participated in the half as well and I am hooked! They treat you well with trical.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>My favorite workout would have to be a repetitive brick that I do on the trainer and the track between 1 and 2 weeks before a race. It is 3 times through a 10 minute ride and 1 mile run with quick transitions and no rest while keeping my heart rate at 90% of my max.</p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>Dash tank: it wicks amazingly and is light as a feather<br /> Ultra tri short: they stay put<br /> Ultra TT 4.0s: they are speedy with enough cush for longer races<br /> Pulse capri: I can wear them anywhere from running to the grocery store<br /> Ultra cycle short: comfy for long rides</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>I am very proud that I graduated from the University of Montana with two degrees in mathematics and Spanish in four and a half years including an incredible study abroad experience in Chile.</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>My training partners/friends are without a doubt the most consistently inspiring and motivating people for me. I am lucky enough to have such great friends that I know they will be at the pool far before the crack of dawn, on the road in rain or shine, and on the running trails no matter the workout.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>A banana with almond butter and oatmeal with blueberries and soymilk.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>I get my bag ready the night before leaving out the piles of things I need to do in the morning. <br /> I attach my heart rate monitor and ankle chip to my race uniform so I don't forget to put them on. <br /> I fill up my water bottles (because I have forgotten to do that for a race before.) <br /> I clean my bike. A clean bike is a fast bike!</p> <p><b>What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?</b></p> <p>Live? I don't know about that one. I suppose my gels (food), water, and anything I could live in. Is my bag big enough to qualify as shelter?</p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>Top 10 finishes at the ½ Iron distance.<br /> Improve my ½ Iron run by 10 minutes.<br /> Break 4:30 in my ½ Iron distance.<br /> Compete happy &amp; injury free!</p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (August 14), Ironman 70.3 Cancun (September 18), Ironman 70.3 Austin (October 23)</p>

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