Welcome back pro triathlete Kristin Lemos to the 2016 Luray Triathlon. Kristin, from Bethesda, MD is a full-time health researcher in Washington, DC and races triathlons professionally in her free time. She has raced the Luray International Triathlon three times now, once in 2009 as an amateur and in 2014 and 2015 as a pro, placing 2nd in both years. Kristin will join a talented field of both elite and amateur athletes who will be competing for part of the $5,000 cash prize purse.
Interview with Kristin Lemos
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I’ve been competing as a professional triathlete for the past 6 years, balancing that with a full-time job that I also really enjoy. This year I was dealing with a bit of a running injury and also a shoulder injury, so my triathlon season has gotten a very delayed start. Things I am passionate about outside of triathlon: Faith, family – husband Chris and dog Sierra (an Australian Shepherd, talented running companion and seasoned triathlon spectator)- cooking, gardening, travel and local weekend adventures.
Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?
A: One thing I love most about the sport is the lasting friendships I’ve made through it. If it weren’t for the many great training partners and friends I’ve met along the way, I probably wouldn’t have gotten to where I am now. Triathlon training also helps me to be more energized and be at my best in other areas of my life. Going through a bit of injury this spring and early summer reminded me what a blessing it is to be healthy and participate in this sport!
Q: How has your lifestyle changed since you did your first triathlon?
A: Coming into triathlon as a runner, triathlon training helped make me a more balanced athlete and to train smarter rather than just piling on the miles.
Q: What brings you back to Luray?
A: Luray is one of my favorite races. The beauty of the Shenandoah region and of the course specifically is a big draw for me- plus, I have great memories of sharing this race with friends (and making new ones) the three years I’ve raced here! The race also offers so many truly unique features and opportunities to athletes- from the wine-glass awards to being able to camp at the race site just yards from transition, to the practice swims and pre-race Q&A sessions to allow athletes to get comfortable with the course. I’ve never experienced a race quite like it.
Q: What are your goals for the Luray Triathlon?
A: I hope to improve on last year’s year, race as hard as I can, and have fun!
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring triathletes?
A: Definitely to get connected with a training partner or training group that can keep you accountable and offer advice. There’s so much to learn when it comes to training and racing triathlon, and it’s so much more enjoyable and productive to train with others.
Q: What’s next for you after the Luray triathlon?
A: I plan to compete in some local cross country running races and hopefully a couple of Ironman 70.3 races this fall.