An avid cyclist, Ilyse is a North Shore wife and mom with big goals for the new season. She rides about 60 miles a week now, but that number will go up as the weather improves. Her weekly mile goal by the end of the summer is over 100. Her cycling mindset is simple: she’s a regular gal riding with really competitive guys. And she wants to hang on for those 18+ mile-per-hour rides. She also does regular century rides and is always looking for new ways to improve her endurance and speed.
Sue is a writer living in the North Shore with her husband, twin daughters and their dog. She is an experienced marathoner (two full and six half’s under her belt), a century cyclist, a new triathlete (she finished a half ironman last year), and a spin instructor. Though she’s not a super-speedy competitor, she still takes her training seriously while enjoying the journey.
As far as cycling goals, she’s got a few ideas. First up? The Olympic distance Chicago Triathlon this August and at least one other triathlon of the same distance later this year. One of Sue’s favorite event – the Apple Cider Century – is in September. She’s also considering the Lake Geneva Half Ironman in September and the El Tour de Tuscon century ride in November. Life Outside the Comfort Zone is her hilarious blog, and you can find her on Twitter @suegelber and Facebook.
Jenn is an experienced cyclist and a new marathoner – she finished her first half last year and will be running her first full in October. From April to November, she logs 22 miles per day as a bike commuter to-and-from her job at the American Cancer Society. She also bikes her errands, including trips to the grocery store and farmer’s markets.
Jenn lives in Rogers Park with her husband Mark. Since October 2002, she said goodbye to gluten (as well as the chronic illness that came along with it) and completely rehabbed her diet. She uses her blog, The Whole Kitchen, to talk about the gluten-free lifestyle and share healthy recipes. Find her on Twitter @junnsutherland and on Facebook.
Claire Geiger graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. After spending four years as a coxswain on the crew team, she decided to try her hand at triathlon and hasn’t looked back since. Claire took first place in the W18-24 age group at Ironman Wisconsin in 2010, her first Ironman and first marathon, earning herself a spot to the 2011 World Championships in Kona. Just eight months later, Claire again claimed first in her age group at Ironman Texas where she raced with her brother Will, who also made it on the podium. She is spending the summer training for Kona and is looking forward to racing next to some of the best athletes in the world.
Follow her training and racing at www.thegeigercounter.wordpress.com