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Jen Knickerbocker

1.)  Give us some background information. Where are you from? Tell us about your family. Tell us about your profession/work. Share your hobbies/passions/interests.  I have such an awesome family! My amazing husband Neil is my favorite training partner. We have 5 boys who keep us on our toes. My day job is helping multinational companies meet their financial and tax compliance requirements globally. I love the challenge of triathlon, really enjoy trail running, and appreciate the side effect of these activities: staying fit!


2.)  How did you get interested in triathlons and/or endurance sports? When did you start training for triathlons/endurance races? Which race was your first triathlon/endurance race and where was it?
After years of telling Neil he was crazy for doing this triathlon thing, I signed up for one. The swim was the most terrifying experience of my life! The only reason I didn’t drown was because Neil was there to coach me through it – 10 strokes at a time. Yet somehow I was hooked?!

3.)  Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running?  Cycling is the most fun for me. Swimming is still only slightly less terrifying than that first tri.

4.)  What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons and/or endurance sports?  Genetics (heart and kidney defects) and injury (labral tear) have led to bumps in the road but great surgeons have helped me overcome those. My work travel schedule makes consistency in training impossible so I fit in what I can when I can and focus on having fun along the way.

5.)  What is your most memorable/favorite triathlon or endurance race and why?  Ironman Arizona 2010 was epic for me. It was my first Ironman, I met Madonna Buder, and Chrissy Wellington blew past me faster than I knew you could ride a bicycle on my first lap of the bike (her 3rd) on her way to break the world record.

One of my all-time favorite endurance experiences was spending the weekend running trails and camping as part of the Ragnar Fort Knox trail race with Kathleen, Suzanne, both Heathers, Sandy, Leslie and Abby Caputo (not yet a BEAT member). LOTS of mud and so much fun!

6.)  What races are you planning for/training for in 2016?

Ironman Lake Placid will be a long day for me, but it’s a beautiful course and will help me build stamina this summer. Kona will be scary for me (swimming in the ocean with Great White Sharks!!!) but will be SO COOL!! I qualified through Ironman XC (Executive Challenge) in 2015 and am so excited to be on the same course with so many incredible athletes…albeit it several hours behind most of them!

7.)  What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?  I love my Hokas! And while not equipment or gear, gummy bears and chocolate are training tools I can’t live without!

8.)  How long have you been a BEAT member? Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?  I’ve been a BEAT member since moving to Brentwood around 5 years ago and my favorite thing about the club is the fun, adventurous friends I’ve made.

9.)  If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete or endurance racer, what would it be?  Have fun!! After all, that’s what it’s all about.

10.)  Any last words for us?

Words to live by: “Life isn’t about finding our limitations, it’s about finding our infinity.” – Herbie Hancock