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Sara Gross

Sara Gross

Home Town: Victoria BC, Canada

How did you first get into triathlon?
I volunteered at the local triathlon in Kingston, Ontario when I went to university there. While watching the race I thought “this is the coolest thing I have ever seen”. After that I was hooked.

What are your top 5 race results?
12x Top 5 Ironman finishes
2nd Ironman Canada 2007
2nd Ironman Western Australia 2006
2005 ITU European Long Course Champion

What’s your favorite race and why?
Kona, because its hot and challenging and everyone is there.

What’s your favorite workout?
Lately, its been shorter, harder lactic threshold stuff. Traditionally though, I have always loved long hilly runs.

What’s your least favorite training day?
My least favorite days are when I feel too tired to enjoy training the way I normally do.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
My first pro race in Nice 2003. I DNFed at IM Wisconsin 6 days before with hyponatremia and flew back to the UK (where I was living at the time) hugely disappointed. On Thursday my coach called me and said, “Why don’t you go to Nice”. I did and finished 7th and won my first prize money.

What is your pre-race ritual?
Nothing crazy. Coffee, breakfast, feeling focused.

What is your favorite pre-race meal?
Pre-Ironman breakie is white rice, eggs and avocado. Yum.

Who inspires you?
Anyone who pursues their dreams with integrity.

What are your favorite Zoot products?
Lately, my ultra long-sleeved cycle jersey and nanoshell jacket. In general, I love the ultra race suits and the color schemes that seem to get better every year. I like that I can match my shoes with my shorts, with my visor. It’s a nice touch.

Tell us about your 2010 goals:
So far 2010 has been all about focusing on my health. I am hoping that this approach will open the back door to racing at my potential.

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