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Rachel Challis

Rachel Challis
<p><b>Hometown: </b>New Zealand</p> <p><b>Residence: </b>Carlsbad, CA</p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b></p> <p>5th Pro Vineman 70.3 2011<br /> 2nd Syracuse 70.3 2010<br /> 3rd Taiwan 70.3 2010</p> <p><b>Personal Bio:</b></p> <p>Rachel Challis, Mum, Pro Traithlete, Triathlon Trainer, Kid's Swim Coach. Born in England, grew up in New Zealand where I began triathlons at 18 years old. After graduationg from University in NZ, I moved to Europe where I lived with my husband for 10 years before moving to the US. After my second child was born, I started Training Transition, a triathlon training group with childcare. I now offer group, private and on-line training options and I also coach swimming to adults and children. My main goal is to keep working on balancing my family, training and work. It's a constant struggle but one that is most important to me. </p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>I started at 18 years old in New Zealand after I chose not to be part of the New Zealand Rowing Team as it was a chance to train in my own time while studying for my degree. </p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>Ow, that was 17 years ago....a race in Christchurch New Zealand. I remember that people were wondering who this young girl was who was challenging a local seasoned triathlete in the swim and bike....until I got to the run and had to walk! </p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>Wildflower 70.3 with my family and some of my triathlon group clients plus their families (Training Transition) </p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>A hilly bike or hilly trail run. The bigger the hill, the more fun. </p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>Ultra Tri shorts - just a great fit and nice leg bands that don't pull tight. All ZOOT tri shoes as they are so easy to get on and off and feel like slippers. I live in them!</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>Completing one of my goals when I raced the Carlsbad Triathlon 2 months after my 2nd child was born. I nursed him on the beach before the race and was handed him at the end for another feed! I love racing and feel a great accomplishment when my kids and husband are on the sideline, which is almost every race!</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>My clients and family and races. </p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>Anything. Mexican with extra rice and beans is a popular one!</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>You can't have one with kids in the hotel or house!</p> <p><b>What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?</b></p> <p>ZOOT race belt and a few GU's plus a PR*Bar. </p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>My season has been rocked by the death of my stepdad last week (August 11th). He told me in tears before Vineman 70.3 'run hard for your Mum and I' when I thought these were his last words. I had the best race I have had for a long time which made me realize that I am capable of qualifying for the 70.3 World Champs....but I have had to cancel too many races this year so will finish off 2011 with a couple more 70.3's and try to get some points for the 2010 World Champs. I'd love to race the Asia Pacific Champs this year too...</p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Ironman 70.3 Vineman (July 17), Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (September 18), Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship (December 4)</p>

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