A top age grouper, Amy Krakauer, 27, placed second in the Knoxville Half this year. She’s got her swim technique down to perfection and fills her life with sport. We delve a little more into this competitive racer.
Hailing from Colorado Springs, Krakauer proudly asserts herself as a Coloradan, although currently calls Davidson, N.C. home. It’s no surprise triathlon comes naturally—by day she serves as a Division I assistant swim coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Davidson College. She grew up swimming competitively since the age of eight and swam in college for Columbia University. Additionally, she ran track and cross country through high school. Backgrounds in two of the disciplines? She was clearly destined for triathlon.
Krakauer’s love for this sport is evident. “Triathlon is my chosen free time and social life, so I find myself filling any spare time I have with training/racing, since most of my friends are athletes doing the same. When someone asks me about my weekend plans, 9.5 times out of 10, my response involves a long swim, bike and run,” she says. She can also balance her day job easily. “I’m also really lucky to have a boss and work environment that is incredibly supportive of my triathlon pursuits. As a swim coach, I often work unusual and long hours during our competitive season (Sept-Feb), but have a very flexible schedule for most of the summer that allows me to train mid-day and take time off to travel and race.”
She discovered Rev3 simply by word of mouth. “People had told me the courses were fantastic, beautiful and challenging, the atmosphere fun and supportive, and the post-race swag/prizes well worth it,” she says. Although she faced rain, and received a broken nose/black eye on the swim in Knoxville, she still pulled off a podium finish and remains positive about the race.
Look for Krakauer at Rev3 Anderson; she also plans a return to Knoxville in 2014—no doubt hoping for a no-broken-bones race.
A Few of Krakauer’s Favorite Things:
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite nutritional product: Mint Chocolate Gu, Fruit Punch Accelerade, and chocolate Boost
Best time for a workout: I love sunrise. Getting out of bed is rough, but accomplishing a tough workout before most people have gotten out of bed is one of the best feelings.
Best workout song: My recent go-to treadmill run jam is “I love it” by Icona Pop
Favorite place to run: The trails at the National White Water Center in Charlotte or Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs