Originally from Slovakia, I did my first triathlon back in 2006. Despite the rain and the cold water and air temperatures (I was one of maybe two people not wearing a wetsuit), I was instantly hooked. Like many others, I first dabbled in sprint and olympic distances. I signed up for my first 70.3 (Rev 3 Quassy 2009) mostly because the race offered a significantly discounted entry fee for college students. I had never run a half marathon before my first 70.3, so combined with the hilly bike and run, it was pretty tough.
But I liked the challenge and I somehow still finished 3rd in my age group. 4 years later, with a few more 70.3s and a few marathons under my belt, I toed the line of my first Ironman (Ironman Switzerland). I’m glad that I took my time to get more or less properly prepared for an Ironman (minus the race nutrition for the first few) because it was a pretty tough one: mass start, wetsuit illegal swim, hilly, hot bike course (the temperatures soared to over 90F that day) and of course the death march from portapotty to portapotty on the run. I instantly knew I wanted to do it all over again the following year 😀
Since then, I’ve done 9 Ironmans, including Kona 2018. Coincidentally, when I finally qualified for Kona for the first time (at Ironman Mont Tremblant 2018), I also qualified for my pro card. 2019 is my first season racing as a pro and I’m excited to see how it goes!
- Ironman Mont Tremblant 2018 (10:15:47): 1st F30-34, 3rd amateur female, fastest amateur female bike split
- ITU Long Course World Championship 2017: 2nd place F30-34, 10th amateur female
- Ironman Arizona 2015 (10:04:17): 2nd F25-29, 5th amateur female
- Boston Marathon 2015 (2:56:51): 98th female
- Numerous overall female wins at local sprint and olympic distance triathlons