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ELITE GEAR: GWEN JORGENSEN
Hard to prove scientifically, but the genes of Gwen Jorgensen were likely virtually tapping their fingers, wondering when she was going to settle into the sport of triathlon. An All-American runner in both cross country and track at the University of Wisconsin, Jorgensen, now 24 years old, also swam on the varsity team for three years.


She finally put the swim/bike/run combination together at the Elite Development race in Clermont, Fla., in March 2010. (Well, that’s not technically true. “I did a local super sprint triathlon on a Huffy mountain bike during high school,” she admits, “But I didn’t train for it.”)


Five months later, she took eighth at the USAT Elite National Championship. Now out of college and working full time as a CPA tax accountant, Jorgensen trains in Milwaukee. “It was difficult to make the transition to training by myself,” she says, “But I’ve found a swim group, and the USAT coaches have found some training partners for me.” As she soldiers through the Midwest winter, she’s got just one goal: to get better at everything. “Transitions, swimming, biking, keeping my run fitness,” she lists, “I hope to take everything I’ve learned to improve next year. I’m looking forward to more races at higher levels: I learn a tremendous amount every time I compete.”


Here is some of her favorite gear that will accompany Jorgensen — and her amazing genes — as she continues her dive into triathlon.


1.
BLUEAC 1 BIKE
($2,300-$10,500; rideblue.com)
“Although it’s a Blue, it’s actually the color red, and it reminds me of my alma mater. It’s aerodynamic, fast and light!”


2.
RUDYPROJECT STERLINGHELMET
($225; rudyprojectusa.com)
“The Sterling fits my head really well: it provides both comfort and protection. The most important thing I wear on race day; it protects my most valuable asset.”


3.
MYUSAT KIT
“I love wearing my uniform, because it reminds of all the wonderful people I’ve already met through my triathlon career.”


96 USA TRIATHLON WINTER 2011

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