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Tara Norton

Tara Norton
<p><b>Hometown:</b> Toronto</p> <p><b>Residence:</b> Toronto</p> <p><b>Personal Facebook Page:</b>!/profile.php?id=671646840</p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b> </p> <p>2nd Leadman Epic 250 2011 <br /> Bike Course record at Ironman Lanzarote 2010<br /> 2nd Ironman Lanzarote 2007<br /> 12th Ironman World Championship 2007<br /> 3-time Epic Camp finisher and 2-time Epic Woman Camp finisher</p> <p><b>Personal Bio:</b> Tara is a professional triathlete and multi-sport coach from Toronto, Canada. Focused on long-course and Ironman races, Tara began her pro triathlon career in 2004. She is a 21-time Ironman finisher and has competed at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii six times with a best 12th place in 2007. Tara broke the Ironman Lanzarote bike course record in 2010 and has over 25 top-10 finishes in long course races as a professional triathlete.</p> <p><b>5 things we should know about you: </b></p> <p>1. The harder the race conditions, the more I love the challenge.<br /> 2. My mantra is "All is great!"<br /> 3. I love a good Americano with whole milk.<br /> 4. I used to row competitively.<br /> 5. I love coaching other multisport triathletes and love coaching and participating in Epic Woman Camp (</p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>At Trent University, a friend of mine started the Trent Triathlon Club and suggested I try one. So I started as the swim leg of a relay, progressed to a sprint triathlon on my mountain bike with slick tires, then did a half Ironman and soon a full Ironman. I definitely caught the long distance triathlon bug and two seasons later turned pro! I immediately fell in love of the physical and mental challenge of racing the three different disciplines and there has been no stopping me ever since!</p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>A triathlon at Trent University was my first race. I don't remember what place I finished, but it must have been first place :-) !</p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>I don't have one favourite, I have three:<br /> Ironman Lanzarote, Savageman and Leadman Epic 250.</p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>The Computrainer classes I teach and run speed intervals once the workout is done!</p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>People will attest to this: I love everything Zoot. At the top of my list: Ultra race gear, OVWA shoes, arm coolers, Zoot travel bag and my Prophet wetsuit. The Ultra race gear is so comfortable which means I never get chafed when racing. My OVWA shoes prevent me from losing toe nails! The arm coolers really work. I can fit EVERYTHING I need in my Zoot travel bag and the Prophet makes me swim fast and without cramping in my calves.</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>Watching my athletes achieve their goals and being an Ambassador for the I WILL Foundation.</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>My desire to keep learning, Matt Long, the feeling of a good hard workout or race.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>GU chomps (lots of them), GU gel, coffee and banana. I used to eat oatmeal (more real food) but the pure GU keeps any GI issues away!</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>Eat breakfast three hours before the start.</p> <p><b>What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?</b></p> <p>BODY GLIDE, Lavendar hand sanitizer, Zoot recovery sandals and clean clothes to put on immediately post race.</p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>Keep on training and racing well (and stay injury-free) and help my athletes to succeed!</p> <p><b>Any other information you would like included on your page:</b></p> <p><br /></p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Leadman Epic 250 May 16, 2011<br /> Peterborough Half Iron July 16, 2011<br /> Kingston Long Course Triathlon July 31, 2011<br /> Ironman Canada (August 28) </p> <p>Ironman 70.3 Muskoka (September 11)</p> <p>Savageman Half Iron September 18, 2011</p>

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