By now you have probably heard that we have launched 303triathlon.com and now you can get to know who are these people who cycle, run and swim but can never commit to one single sport in the Wednesday column by Lucas McCain called Who Dat? as he interviews local triathletes and gets to the core of who these people are. This week we highlight Whitney Garcia!
This Wednesday's Who Dat is neo-pro Whitney Garcia. We wanted to feature Whitney because she embodies many professional and top end age group triathletes in that she excels in triathlon while juggling a career that demands over 40 hours of work from her each week. Whitney works full time as an Exercise Specialist at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community in Boulder. She also maintains a few other weekly gigs including cleaning houses.
In 2011 Whitney finished 3rd overall at Ironman Wisconsin and Kansas 70.3. She added another top 5 finish at Boulder 70.3 and a personal record 9:40 at Ironman Arizona.
How long have you been doing triathlon, and how often have you raced?
I started triathlon when I was in college at Cal Poly in 2002. They had a club team that was quite competitive. I had a swimming and running background, and I bought a bike at a garage sale! I raced Olympic distance with the collegiate team, and for a couple years afterwards on my own. In 2005 I did my first half IM and unexpectedly qualified for Kona by winning my age group. The following couple years I took a break and didn't race much, and got back to Ironman in 2008 and 2009 when I did the Vineman iron-distance. I only raced sparingly up until last year.