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Jen Luebke

Jen Luebke

Hometown: Missoula, MT

Residence: Missoula, MT

Personal Blog: jenluebke.blogspot.com

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.luebke

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

Career Highlights:

Rev3 Portland Half 2011 ~ 10th ~ 4:39:28
Boise 70.3 2011 ~ 11th ~ 4:43:59
Great White North Half 2010 ~ 5th ~ 4:37:05
Austin 70.3 2010 ~ 14th ~ 4:41:03
Wildflower Olympic 2008 ~ 1st amateur ~ 2:22:29

Personal Bio:

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.

5 things we should know about you:

1) I am from a very small town (if that) in the woods where my preschool had an outhouse.
2) I played volleyball through high school.
3) I love kids of all ages, hence nannying, tutoring, coaching.
4) I can eat faster than anyone I know, especially burritos and burgers.
5) I have a strong distaste for metal on metal noises.

How did you first get into triathlons?

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.

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

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.

What is your favorite race?

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.

What is your favorite workout?

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.

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

Dash tank: it wicks amazingly and is light as a feather
Ultra tri short: they stay put
Ultra TT 4.0s: they are speedy with enough cush for longer races
Pulse capri: I can wear them anywhere from running to the grocery store
Ultra cycle short: comfy for long rides

What is your proudest accomplishment?

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.

What motivates you?

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.

What is your pre-race meal?

A banana with almond butter and oatmeal with blueberries and soymilk.

What is your pre-race ritual?

I get my bag ready the night before leaving out the piles of things I need to do in the morning.
I attach my heart rate monitor and ankle chip to my race uniform so I don't forget to put them on.
I fill up my water bottles (because I have forgotten to do that for a race before.)
I clean my bike. A clean bike is a fast bike!

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

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?

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

Top 10 finishes at the ½ Iron distance.
Improve my ½ Iron run by 10 minutes.
Break 4:30 in my ½ Iron distance.
Compete happy & injury free!

Events you are racing in this season:

Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (August 14), Ironman 70.3 Cancun (September 18), Ironman 70.3 Austin (October 23)