Amanda Felder Derkacs (aka “A-Fed) was born and raised in Houston, Texas. The 30 year old professional triathlete now calls Sunnyvale, California her home.
Her triathlete career was sparked in high school when she did a couple sprints for fun, but at that point her focus was more of a swimmer. In college, she ran cross-country and track, but it wasn’t until she’d graduated from college that she found herself truly drawn to triathlon. She wanted to continue doing competitive sports and decided to join a local triathlon club and start training for a triathlon.
Like most of us, once the bug had bitten her, there was no turning back. It didn’t take long for her goals to evolve from “just a finish” to something a little more competitive. Within three years she was racing on the elite circuit. Her goals were now about trying to climb the ranks of our sport.
This season Amanda has specifically chosen to target Rev3 events on her racing calendar. She decided to kick things off with Rev3 Costa Rica just a few weeks from now. Costa Rica was a sentimental choice as she fell in love with the country when she vacationed there with her husband last year; she knew this race was a definite in 2012!
The destination of Rev3 Costa Rica aside, Amanda holds Rev3 in high regard and has chosen Rev3 events deliberately. “I really appreciate the effort that Rev3 goes to in order to promote its professional athletes, from online profiles to articles like this one, pre-race interviews, and coverage of each event”, she says. Rev3’s reputation for amazing hospitality and well organized events also contributed my decision”. She also admits the generous prize purse was another positive pull for a professional racer. Who could blame her for feeling that?
When not competing or training, Amanda enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family. She loves trying new cuisines and really loves traveling to new places.
Be sure to catch “A-Fed” at the Rev3Tri events in 2012!