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Michelle Mighdoll

Michelle Mighdoll

Hometown: Saratoga, CA

Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Personal Blog: http://michellemighdolltriathlete.blogspot.com/

Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=610193

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

Career Highlights:

2010 Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 5th AG
2010 The Triathlon at Pacific Grove - 1st AG
2010 Chicago Triathlon - 1st AG
2010 Ironman 70.3 Mooseman - 2nd AG
2010 Ironman 70.3 Lonestar - 1st AG

Personal Bio:

I'm a 25-year-old med student from California, but I go to school in Philadelphia (and I'm doing research at Hopkins for the next year). I originally was a soccer player, and played professionally for a year. But after tearing my ACL for a third time, I needed to change things. I found a passion for triathlon. It allows me to focus my energy and challenges my body and mind. And I love sharing my passion with others: from coaching to helping friends. I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Zoot Ultra Team; I have met so many incredible athletes, and they constantly inspire me!

5 things we should know about you:

- I'm in medical school
- I'm a Cat 2 cyclist and PA state time trial champion
- I played D1 soccer in college and also played one year professionally
- I am so lucky to coach an inner-city youth tri team (Cadence Cycling Foundation)....these kids are really incredible!
- My favorites: family, friends, surfing and the beach

How did you first get into triathlons?

When I studied in Australia, my boyfriend and I did some open water swims at the beach, and I learned about triathlon. So, I decided I wanted to do one when I came back to the U.S. Luckily, three former pros swam with the Masters team that I sometimes swam with, and they were so supportive and taught me how to ride a bike. My very first ride was on a borrowed bike, 50 miles of pure climbing, and I fell down A LOT. But, I loved it, and well, I was instantly hooked with my first win a few weeks later!

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

2007 Quakerman Triathlon, 1st AG

What is your favorite race?

Chicago Triathlon (but Wildflower is awesome too!)

What is your favorite workout?

Three times thru:
15' ride all out
10' run all out

What are your favorite Zoot products and why?

Zoot Ultra Race 3.0 shoes - comfy, good fit, light, quick, and bright
Zoot CompressRX Sports Bra - the most comfortable sports bra ever, and totally wicks away the sweat!
Zoot CompressRX tight - the best compression tights on the market (I wear mine to sleep in AND to run in when it's cold!)
Zoot Prophet wetsuit - best fitting wetsuit I've ever worn and has lots of flexibility in the arms
And all the Zoot run clothing (especially shorts and tank tops)!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Graduating from The Wharton School of Business, and also going to medical school.

What motivates you?

Training with the male pros and my coach. They challenge me to be the best athlete and also the best person that I can be. The energy is fantastic. And we remind each other that: "Real champions make their own way".

What is your pre-race meal?

Puffins cereal + banana

What is your pre-race ritual?

I just try to stay calm and sometimes listen to music (anything but rap and classical). I check my bike probably 20 times to make sure it's working properly and nothing is rubbing or loose! Then I say a little prayer.

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

Zoot CompressRX socks; Zoot recovery sandals; strawberry-banana GU; Gamin 310xt watch; Powerbalance bracelet; Burts Bees chapstick; iPod; sunscreen

What are your goals for the 2011 season?

- Qualify for elite/pro license
- Top 10 overall amateur at Ironman 70.3 Worlds
- Top 10 OA at AG Nats
- break 36 min in a 10k
- no more broken bones!!!

Events you are racing in this season:

Ironman 70.3 Muncle (July 9), Ironman 70.3 Racine (July 17), Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead (August 14), Ironman World Championship 70.3- Las Vegas (September 11), Jarden Westchester Triathlon (September 25), Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains (October 2), Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami (October 30)

SheRox Philadelphia Triathlon - Aug 7
USAT Age Group National Championship - Aug 20
Chicago Triathlon - Aug 28
Nickel City Triathlon - Sept 24 (pending because of Westchester)
Rev 3 Anderson, SC - Oct 9