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Haley Cooper-Scott

Haley Cooper-Scott
<p><b>Hometown:</b> Spokane, WA</p> <p><b>Residence:</b> Spokane, WA</p> <p><b>Personal Blog:</b></p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b></p> <p>3rd place Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2011<br /> 4th place Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2009,2010<br /> 4th place Ironman Canada 2009<br /> 8th place ITU Long Course World Championships 2010<br /> 6th place Wildflower Long Course 2009,2010</p> <p><b>5 things we should know about you:</b></p> <p>I like frogs and salamanders and pretty much all animals except for lampreys and some eels.<br /> I am a full time physical therapy student.<br /> I have 3 cats, a dog, and a bearded dragon named Carl.<br /> I am obsessed with my vegetable garden.<br /> I have no hidden talents. Not even double jointed thumbs.</p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>It was a natural progression. I ran a lot playing soccer through college and then I took to running. Then I tore my ACL and learned to swim and ride a bike for rehab. After that I moved to New Zealand where triathlon is commonplace and I quickly embraced the lifestyle.</p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>My first race was the "Blokefree" all women's triathlon in Dunedin, New Zealand. I backstroked the swim and was in 3rd place on the bike when I flatted. I didn't have any spares with me, so I waited for the sag wagon after everyone had passed. They let me borrow the wheel from a bike that they were to give away after the race so that I could finish. I think I ended up 3rd to last, but I ended up winning the bike as a spot prize afterwards, which convinced me to take up the sport in earnest. </p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>Ironman Coeur d'Alene. It's my hometown race and I love everything about it.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>A race.<br /> Or a two hour run at a good clip.</p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>The ultra tri shorts have been part of my wardrobe since my very first triathlon. It's all about having a good chamois and a perfect fit.<br /> This summer I have fallen in love with the dash tank. It's lightweight and flattering.<br /> The Ultra CompressRx Recovery Tights are essential to surviving long days at work and school and Ironman training.</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>Having fantastic friends and family and being a somewhat balanced individual.</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>People who are faster than me.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>Good sushi is my favorite pre-race meal, but I'm really not too picky so long as it's vegetarian.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>I should probably come up with one. It would start with having a list of things I need to pack and showing up on time. I'm still working on that. . . </p> <p><b>What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?</b></p> <p>I have forgotten and discovered that I can live without:<br /> goggles<br /> sunglasses<br /> a helmet<br /> a left running shoe<br /> water bottles<br /> my Garmin<br /> rubberbands (perpetually forgotten)<br /> <br /> I would, however, hate to go without BodyGlide.</p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>An Ironman PR is always the goal. I moved up a position in Ironman Coeur d'Alene this year, but I was nearly 15 minutes slower than last year. That simply won't do. <br /> <br /> Honestly though, I want to continue finding joy in the training and racing.</p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Viterra Ironman 70.3 Calgary (July 31), Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens (August 14), Subaru Ironman Canada (August 28), Ford Ironman Arizona (November 20)</p>

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